Mysterious Object Blocks Seattle Tunnel Drilling

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PostTue Dec 17, 2013 4:32 am » by -Marduk-


Mysterious object blocks Seattle tunnel drilling

SEATTLE — The state Department of Transportation and contractors building a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle are trying to find out what has blocked their tunnel-boring machine.

The machine called Bertha ran into something Friday and was shut down Saturday about 1,000 feet into the 1.7 mile project and 60 feet below South Jackson Street and South Main Street.

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The $80 million machine is designed to break up boulders, so what it hit is a mystery. It may be a huge boulder left by the last ice age. Others think it could be a buried rail car from pioneer days when the area was filled in. Engineers are considering drilling down to the object as one of the ways to break up or remove the obstruction.

The 58-foot diameter tunnel is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, creating a four-lane route for Highway 99 traffic between South Lake Union and the area south of downtown near the Seahawks and Mariners stadiums.

It will take until Friday at least for the Seattle Tunnel Partners contracting team to identify the object and decide how to proceed, Linea Laird, chief Transportation Department engineer, told The Seattle Times.

After removing the obstruction, crews will probably have to inject concrete grout to fill resulting gaps. The machine requires soil resistance to stay on course. After a slow start over the summer, the machine was averaging 52 feet a day last week before running into the obstruction, said DOT spokeswoman KaDeena Yerkan. It was slowed Friday and by Saturday, the drilling effort "was stopped after unanticipated and increasing resistance was experienced, possibly due to an obstruction," said Highway 99 project administrator Todd Trepanier. The $1.4 billion tunnel contract is part of the $3.1 billion project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct along the downtown Seattle waterfront.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/dec/ ... -drilling/
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/ ... gexml.html

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PostTue Dec 17, 2013 4:40 am » by RATRODROB


If they find the obstructing object and they still don't know what it is, then I would call it mysterious




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PostSat Dec 21, 2013 9:51 pm » by Elnorel


Something Called "The Object" Stops World's Largest Tunneling Machine. :nails: :nails: :nails:

SEATTLE — A secret subterranean heart, tinged with mystery and myth, beats beneath the streets in many of the world’s great cities. Tourists seek out the catacombs of Rome, the sewers of Paris and the subway tunnels of New York. Some people believe a den of interstellar aliens lurks beneath Denver International Airport.

Now Seattle, at least for now, has joined that exclusive club.

Something unknown, engineers say — and all the more intriguing to many residents for being unknown — has blocked the progress of the biggest-diameter tunnel-boring machine in use on the planet, a high-tech, largely automated wonder called Bertha. At five stories high with a crew of 20, the cigar-shaped behemoth was grinding away underground on a two-mile-long, $3.1 billion highway tunnel under the city’s waterfront on Dec. 6 when it encountered something in its path that managers still simply refer to as “the object.”


Original Article: The New York Times

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I wonder what it is, and if we will ever find out and it will not be swept under the rug "Move along peasants, nothing to see here".
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PostSat Dec 21, 2013 10:19 pm » by Toxic32


Could be one of these.



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PostSat Dec 21, 2013 10:32 pm » by Thebluecanary


It's the Deros! :ohno:

Seriously, that's cool. I hope it is a buried speakeasy or something….It would have to be pretty hard to stop Bertha.
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PostSat Dec 21, 2013 10:53 pm » by pushtone


code for - cutter head problem :wink: ......perhaps.

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PostSat Dec 21, 2013 11:29 pm » by Yuya63


It just a big rock.. move on........ :flop:

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PostSat Dec 21, 2013 11:32 pm » by Opalserpent


Yuya63 wrote:It just a big rock.. move on........ :flop:



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PostSat Dec 21, 2013 11:37 pm » by Yuya63


:lol: HA!! I said "rock" not "c*ck".....

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PostSun Dec 22, 2013 12:06 am » by Toxic32


Yuya63 wrote:It just a big rock.. move on........ :flop:



You must take that up as a profession. clairvoyance that is. Do you read hands as well. To be able to make a statement like that without any evidence other than agreeing with speculation which has no foundation in fact at all is amazing. Whats your secret....Do you use bones, runes or just tea leaves?
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