Seattle waterfront tunnel http://www.kplu.org en Expert: Bertha's Woes Are No 'Big Dig' http://www.kplu.org/post/expert-berthas-woes-are-no-big-dig <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The prospect of taking the State Route 99 tunneling machine known as Bertha offline for as much as half a year is not good news for the company operating it. But one Seattle tunneling expert says it could be worse.</span></p><p>“It’s really a problem with the machine itself. I think it’s something that can be repaired,” said the University of Washington’s Joseph Wartman. “And I think in a couple of years when the tunnel is open, people will have forgotten about this.”</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:39:12 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 13776 at http://www.kplu.org Expert: Bertha's Woes Are No 'Big Dig' Bertha, the Boring Machine, Digs Out of Launch Pit http://www.kplu.org/post/bertha-boring-machine-digs-out-launch-pit <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The machine boring a new Highway 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle has finally dug itself out of its own launch pit.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Transportation Department said Wednesday the 326-foot long machine it calls Bertha has drilled 359 feet.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:57:42 +0000 The Associated Press 10602 at http://www.kplu.org Bertha, the Boring Machine, Digs Out of Launch Pit Bertha, world's largest boring machine, arrives in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/bertha-worlds-largest-boring-machine-arrives-seattle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bertha, the world's largest tunnel boring machine, has finally arrived in Seattle's Elliott Bay.</span></p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:01:51 +0000 Martha Kang & Keith Seinfeld 8256 at http://www.kplu.org Bertha, world's largest boring machine, arrives in Seattle Preparedness and special equipment make Seattle tunnels safe, say fire chiefs in Satsop http://www.kplu.org/post/preparedness-and-special-equipment-make-seattle-tunnels-safe-say-fire-chiefs-satsop <p>This week, the Seattle Fire Department has been in training for what might be a nightmare scenario: the possibility of fire inside a deep-bore tunnel.&nbsp; A technical rescue team has been practicing at the unfinished nuclear power plant in Satsop, west of Olympia.</p><p>About a dozen firefighters are in a huddle at the base what was designed to be a cooling tower. It’s been re-purposed into one of the nation’s premiere training grounds for urban firefighters.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:44:37 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6758 at http://www.kplu.org Preparedness and special equipment make Seattle tunnels safe, say fire chiefs in Satsop 'Ratpocalypse:' Seattle tunnel dig could bring rats to surface http://www.kplu.org/post/ratpocalypse-seattle-tunnel-dig-could-bring-rats-surface <p>The big dig along the Seattle waterfront that will build a traffic tunnel could also displace scores of rats and cockroaches. <a href="http://bit.ly/TO8rNd" target="_blank">KOMO News reports</a> that pest control experts say the rats will flee the massive construction project for quieter homes and food. That means buildings around the dig could see more rats.</p><p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:21:02 +0000 The Associated Press 6319 at http://www.kplu.org 'Ratpocalypse:' Seattle tunnel dig could bring rats to surface Public transit during viaduct replacement likely to fall short http://www.kplu.org/post/public-transit-during-viaduct-replacement-likely-fall-short <p>A plan to use public transit to offset traffic congestion while the new Highway 99 tunnel is built in Seattle is expected to run out of money &ndash; long before the project is completed.</p><p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 17:50:43 +0000 Charla Bear 2578 at http://www.kplu.org Public transit during viaduct replacement likely to fall short Update: Viaduct to close for 9 days to put up detour connections http://www.kplu.org/post/update-viaduct-close-9-days-put-detour-connections <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984009.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984009.mp3</a></p><p>It&rsquo;s the beginning of the end for the Alaskan Way Viaduct.</p><p>Demolition work will <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/DA244F16-5391-4BE7-9E75-2CDD880815E2/0/SR99_WSeattleBridgeToDenny_NineDay.pdf">shut down the double-decker highway for 9 days</a> about two months from now, from <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR99/HolgateToKing/ViaductNineDayClosure.htm">October 21 &ndash; 31</a>. According the state Department of Transportation, it&rsquo;s the longest full closure of a Seattle area highway the city&rsquo;s ever dealt with.</p><p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:45:28 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2468 at http://www.kplu.org Update: Viaduct to close for 9 days to put up detour connections Voters green light Seattle's waterfront tunnel http://www.kplu.org/post/voters-green-light-seattles-waterfront-tunnel <p>The results are in for the primary election and the majority of Seattle voters have given the go-ahead to a tunnel that would replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct along the city&#39;s waterfront. Nearly 60% of the voters said yes &ndash; bringing over a decade of debate to a close.</p><p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:01:38 +0000 KPLU News Staff 2334 at http://www.kplu.org Voters green light Seattle's waterfront tunnel Gregoire says Spain sold her on deep-bore tunnel http://www.kplu.org/post/gregoire-says-spain-sold-her-deep-bore-tunnel <p>If you question whether the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle should be replaced with a deep-bore tunnel, a trip to Madrid, Spain, could clear up some uncertainties. That&rsquo;s all Governor Chris Gregoire said it took to confirm her decision.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 02:44:48 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1916 at http://www.kplu.org Gregoire says Spain sold her on deep-bore tunnel Seattle can vote on viaduct tunnel, judge says http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-can-vote-viaduct-tunnel-judge-says <p>Seattle voters will have a chance to chime in again on the planned deep-bore tunnel that&#39;s supposed to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.&nbsp;</p><p>That&#39;s the word from Judge Laura Middaugh who this afternoon sided with the supporters of a referendum, saying<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015105379_tunnelpreview21m.html">&nbsp; her goal is to make sure that the voices of the people are heard when a policy decision is made.</a>&nbsp; She said she had not been able to find any precedents in case law to support her stance.</p> Fri, 20 May 2011 23:11:52 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1639 at http://www.kplu.org Judge clears way for tunnel vote http://www.kplu.org/post/judge-clears-way-tunnel-vote <p>A vote on whether to build a tunnel to replace the aging Alaskan Way viaduct can take place, a King County Judge ruled today (Friday).</p><p>King County Superior Court Judge Laura Middaugh said some parts of the agreements that cover utilities, insurance, right-of-way and other issues can be in the referendum but others can&#39;t. She&#39;ll hear arguments next Friday on which parts could be included in an August vote and whether she has the authority to partially rewrite language in the&nbsp;referendum.</p> Fri, 13 May 2011 21:45:49 +0000 Gary Crawford 1598 at http://www.kplu.org Legal questions confront proposed Seattle referendum on tunnel http://www.kplu.org/post/legal-questions-confront-proposed-seattle-referendum-tunnel <p>Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has filed a legal challenge to a citizen referendum on Seattle&#39;s proposed deep-bore waterfront tunnel.</p><p>Holmes <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/law/news/pr/110329PR_complaint.pdf">has asked a judge to rule</a> on whether the construction agreements between the city and the state that targeted by the referendum are &ldquo;administrative actions&rdquo; which can&#39;t&nbsp;be overturned by the vote.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 22:06:07 +0000 Liam Moriarty & KPLU News Staff 1097 at http://www.kplu.org Legal questions confront proposed Seattle referendum on tunnel Viaduct closure; Emergency system triggered by seismic sensors http://www.kplu.org/post/viaduct-closure-emergency-system-triggered-seismic-sensors <p>Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has been calling for a closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct as soon as possible.&nbsp; That&#39;s because it&#39;s an earthquake hazard.&nbsp; Other leaders think that&#39;s an over-reaction, since a new tunnel is already in the works.&nbsp;</p><p>But the Viaduct will close this weekend for its semi-annual inspection.&nbsp; Drivers will have to re-route their travel for two days.&nbsp; Routine maintenance on the old structure was scheduled long before the earthquake in Japan.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:22:49 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1013 at http://www.kplu.org Viaduct closure; Emergency system triggered by seismic sensors McGinn: Take the viaduct down by next year http://www.kplu.org/post/mcginn-take-viaduct-down-next-year <p>Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says he thinks the city&rsquo;s waterfront viaduct poses an earthquake risk and should be taken down next year.</p><p>That&#39;s a good four years before the viaduct&#39;s planned replacement -- a deep-bore tunnel under downtown -- would be ready. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:41:56 +0000 Liam Moriarty 998 at http://www.kplu.org McGinn: Take the viaduct down by next year Seattle City Council overrides mayor’s tunnel veto, groups push for public vote http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-overrides-mayor%E2%80%99s-tunnel-veto-groups-push-public-vote <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955172.mp3</p><p>If you&rsquo;re waiting for the final chapter in the saga of Seattle&rsquo;s Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement, don&rsquo;t hold your breath. The latest action by the city council has triggered an effort to put the question to the voters again.</p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 22:24:21 +0000 Liam Moriarty 894 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle City Council overrides mayor’s tunnel veto, groups push for public vote