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Bertha woes frustrate the state; investigators head underground
The Seattle Times ^ | January 15, 2014 | Mike Lindblom

Posted on 01/15/2014 10:41:07 PM PST by steve86

State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson said her agency has been concerned for months about how contractors have been operating Bertha, the Highway 99 tunnel machine, which remains stalled with no clear plan to resume digging.

Peterson also sought an explanation as to why Bertha’s operators ran the machine at unusually high temperatures before shutting it down Dec. 6, when the rotary cutter stopped grabbing soil.

The tunnel drill had struck an 8-inch-diameter pipe Dec. 3, but contractors kept drilling for three more days — and in fact progressed 58 feet in a day, its best-ever pace.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: bertha
Like I said yesterday, story changes every day.
1 posted on 01/15/2014 10:41:08 PM PST by steve86
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin; The Cajun; gunsequalfreedom; stubernx98; dennisw

ping


2 posted on 01/15/2014 10:44:39 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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3 posted on 01/15/2014 10:45:11 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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4 posted on 01/15/2014 10:46:22 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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See why I rescaled that picture yesterday....it fills the whole room. :)


5 posted on 01/15/2014 10:48:47 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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6 posted on 01/15/2014 10:49:39 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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Who owns Bertha??..if its a private company its going bankrupt fairly soon...

If it’s our government she’ll be sitting there idling 200 yrs from now..


7 posted on 01/15/2014 10:50:53 PM PST by M-cubed
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This doesn’t auger well!


8 posted on 01/15/2014 10:51:02 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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9 posted on 01/15/2014 10:51:16 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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10 posted on 01/15/2014 10:52:24 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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It’s a stupendous piece of machinery. Is this a case of hubris, where the facts of the operation have simply gone beyond the comprehension of the operators?

Stay tuned! Same Fire time, same Fire station!


11 posted on 01/15/2014 10:52:55 PM PST by dr_lew
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12 posted on 01/15/2014 10:53:16 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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13 posted on 01/15/2014 10:55:15 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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14 posted on 01/15/2014 10:57:10 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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Machine is still being broken in for final acceptance testing lol


15 posted on 01/15/2014 11:00:45 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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Have these people said anything?
16 posted on 01/15/2014 11:14:25 PM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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There was nothing wrong with the Alaskan Way viaduct to begin with.


17 posted on 01/16/2014 12:07:38 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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There was nothing wrong with the Alaskan Way

But... but...

It is an ugly eyesore that keeps the lib treehuggers and kelp-eaters from enjoying the thrilling vista of an unblighted, um, shoreline...

18 posted on 01/16/2014 1:25:26 AM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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19 posted on 01/16/2014 9:36:36 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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Well I guess this explanation makes the most sense........So far :)

Apparently they're screwed unless they can get the remainder of the pipe out.
Kind of looks like they may have *smoked* the machine also, double screwed.

20 posted on 01/16/2014 11:55:18 AM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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I read that as Bertha is 58 feet past the pipe.


21 posted on 01/16/2014 12:34:39 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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-Highway 99 tunnel contractor objects to state’s criticism-

Seattle Tunnel Partners expressed surprise Thursday that after a longtime good working relationship, the state is now blaming the contractor for trouble with the Highway 99 tunnel project

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022688395_berthadiscordxml.html


22 posted on 01/16/2014 5:07:24 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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