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Tunnel Receiving Pit, N Portal, SR 99 Tunnel Project, Seattle, WA
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Welcome to the spot where Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine, will emerge at the end of her journey. Located near the Space Needle, this 80-foot-deep pit has been under construction since early 2013. Bertha will chew her way through the gray wall that’s visible in the distance to the south behind the construction worker at the center of the frame. To the east is the elevator shaft for the north portal operations building, which will house ventilation, monitoring and other systems that are necessary to safely operate the tunnel.

This 360-degree photo is part of a virtual tour of the SR 99 Tunnel Project in Seattle. Learn more about the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program at www.alaskanwayviaduct.org or follow Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine, on Twitter @BerthaDigsSR99.

Copyright: Bill Edwards
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 15052x7526
Taken: 12/09/2014
Uploaded: 17/09/2014
Updated: 11/04/2015
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Tags: alaskan way viaduct; tunnel; wsdot; seattle; washington; bertha; tbm; tunnel boring machine; construction; sr 99
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