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A new study suggests than many buildings in Seattle cannot withstand large earthquake incidents.

It was April 4, 2017, when the work of tunneling machine Bertha was complete, breaking through into her disassembly pit and marking the end of the 1.75-mile long State Route 99 (SR 99) tunnel beneath Seattle. Now, the Washington State Department of Transportation released a drone video that shows the ongoing construction work from end-to-end inside the tunnel.

The tunnel will become a double-decker highway, scheduled to open in 2019

This Sunday the Seattle Seahawks will host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game. Many believe Seattle has one of the best home field advantage’s in the NFL due to the amount of noise their fans create. While it is not one of the largest stadiums in the NFL, Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is certainly the loudest.  This weekend, representatives from the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network will be studying the stadium for earthquake research. They plan on placing three seismometers around the stadium including one near the top of the stadium and one near the ground.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 15 January 2015
Friday, 07 November 2014 11:34

New Seattle Skyscraper Design Revealed

Developers Wright Runstand & Company released drawings yesterday of a new building that will be built in Rainier Square in Seattle, Washington. The 58-story tower will include residential, office, restaurant, and retail space.  The developers hope to break ground later next year and complete the tower by 2017. Once completed, the tower will become Seattle’s second tallest skyscraper.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 06 November 2014
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:52

UPDATE: Bertha’s Repair Further Delayed

Repairing the tunnel-boring Bertha hit more delays this past week when it was announced the deep access pit that is being built to reach the front side of Bertha would be delayed by a month. Crews need more time to grind and chisel through concrete so the 120-foot deep vault in front of Bertha will be completed in August instead of July as originally planned. Chris Dixon, project director for Seattle Tunnel Partners, believes Bertha will still be fully repaired by March because the repairs had a two-month cushion added to the schedule. While Seattle Tunnel Partners is confident that the machine will be ready to complete the remaining 8,200 feet of tunneling needed for the Alaska Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel project on time, Washington Department of Transportation is not as optimistic.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Seattle Tunnel Partners will begin digging a 120-foot deep pit this week to reach the front side of tunnel boring machine Bertha. The machine is the world’s largest tunneling machine, and it has been stuck underneath Seattle’s downtown waterfront since December 6, 2013. Bertha was built specifically for the Washington State Department of Transportation to work on the $3.1 billion Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel project. The machine completed a little over 1,000 feet of the expected 9,000-foot tunnel before getting stuck.

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  • Date occured Monday, 12 May 2014