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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Boring: Maybe Big Bertha Should Just Go Around Whatever It Is

Posted by on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 8:23 AM

It won't be the first time a city's underground tunnel system had to go around something it could not cut through.

Via Sullivan.

Updated to acknowledge my ignorance. You mean this big tunnel isn't for trains? For shame!

 

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If only Bertha were digging an underground train system
Posted by swankylemming on January 9, 2014 at 8:44 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 2
Tunnel around to where? Any direction they go, it's a crapshoot what they find buried there.

Maybe we need to change our attitude. Sit back and enjoy the high-stakes gambling fun of driving a billion dollar machine around looking for a clear route. It's only money, and what else are we going to spend it on? Boring transit? Boring education? YOLO!
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on January 9, 2014 at 8:49 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 3
Even if that were possible (since the machine can't back up, how do you get away from the obstacle that you can't go through?), having a chicane in the middle of the tunnel seems like a GREAT idea!

Enjoy having the tunnel closed once a month while they clear a crash from the site.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on January 9, 2014 at 8:52 AM · Report this
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@3: SDOT would fall on their knees and praise Jesus if the Mega Tunnel were only closed once a month for accidents under any route plan.
Posted by tiktok on January 9, 2014 at 10:28 AM · Report this
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If you want to read about some seriously morbid shit, read about the London subway, and how mass graves forced them to reroute it in some places.

http://gizmodo.com/how-corpses-helped-sh…
Posted by UNPAID COMMENTER on January 9, 2014 at 10:32 AM · Report this
NotSean 6
@5 Ewww.
Posted by NotSean on January 9, 2014 at 10:52 AM · Report this
kk in seattle 7
We have two tunnels for trains.
Posted by kk in seattle on January 9, 2014 at 11:29 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 8
@3 How often is the Battery Street tunnel closed for a crash? My research topic on this was VERY perfunctory.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on January 9, 2014 at 11:32 AM · Report this
AirBuddy 9
Whatever, Bertha could chew through bones. All the bones! CHEW EM UP AND SPIT OUT BONE SLURRY.

I feel for whoever has to install all the new cutters, though.
Posted by AirBuddy on January 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM · Report this
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@8

My office overlooks the entrance to the Battery Street Tunnel. I'd say it's closed for an accident 2-3 times a month.
Posted by CPN on January 9, 2014 at 3:21 PM · Report this
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A neighbor of my parents is a sales rep for a company that sells the high pressure hydrolic lines (equipment) that are/is used on rigs like Big Birtha and oil dirges, etc. He works with officials on on the dig project here and he says quite convincingly that Big Bertha won't move another foot without another billion dollars. How much are we willing to pay? 3, 4, 5, 6.... billion? What's not to say that the digging will halt in another 300 feet. What is our limit?
Posted by juventus56 on April 21, 2014 at 7:32 PM · Report this

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