World's largest boring machine arriving for big Seattle dig

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 4:47 PM

SEATTLE  -- The world's widest tunnel boring machine arrives in Seattle in pieces Tuesday aboard a ship from Japan.

The $80 million machine called Bertha was built at a factory in Osaka. It will be reassembled in a pit to begin the year-long dig to create a two-mile tunnel under downtown Seattle.

The new section of Highway 99 replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct will have a diameter of nearly 58 feet.

A look at where you can see Bertha when it arrives

 

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