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Apr 7, 2017

INFRASTRUCTURES * USA: The world’s largest tunnel drill

* Washington - Bertha’s breakthrough just ‘halftime’ for tunnel project

--- After nearly four years for boring under downtown Seattle, Bertha emerged into daylight on Tuesday in South Lake Union... The world’s largest tunnel drill has halted for cleanup work, after it spent Tuesday morning kicking up dust and grinding into daylight... Workers and politicians celebrated, but a lot of work remains before motorists drive the double-deck, four-lane tunnel, says a project administrator... AND ... Who pays what may take years to resolve... State Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, last week filed a bill that would withhold state revenue sharing for transportation, liquor and marijuana taxes for health programs, and municipal courts unless Seattle pays any future cost overruns... The state’s 2009 legislation approving a tunnel said excess state costs would be borne by property owners who benefit, and “a promise is a promise,” Orcutt argues... 
Seattle, WASH, USA - The Seattle Times, by Mike Lindblom - April 5, 2017

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