Washington’s Governor Chris Gregoire held a press conference in Seattle yesterday, October 29, to deliver the news that both bids for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Bored Tunnel Replacement on Highway 99 came in within the state’s $1.1 billion price target. “We are very fortunate to have two bids on the project. Competition is our friend,” said Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond. Read more
Austrian contractor Strabag has scooped the US$788M contract to construct a 20km long, 9.9m diameter twin-tube section of the 32km long Koralm Rail Tunnel in Austria. The contract, awarded by client, ÖBB Infrastruktur AG, is the largest ever to be awarded in the country. Read more
Crossrail is anticipating award of the major tunnelling contracts in December Tunnelling Journal can confirm. At the Tunnel Design & Construction Europe Conference in Zurich this week, Chris Dulake, lead client manager for tunnels, portals and shafts also said that the option, as set out in the original OJEU tenders, to combine Contract 410 (Bond Street Station) with Contract 300 – the 6.2km long twin West TBM drives, and Contract 510 (Liverpool Street Station) with Contract 305 – the 11.9km long twin East TBM drives, was currently being examined with a decision expected soon. Read more
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has officially canceled the largest public works project in the United States, reiterating the state cannot afford the potential cost overruns of a commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River to New York. It is the second time the governor has killed the tunnel this month.
Christie made the announcement at a press conference earlier today, Wednesday 27 October, following a two week stay of execution at the request of US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Read more
Late October will see the 11th Bureau of the China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) launch the second of its two 6.3m diameter Robbins EPBMs deployed on the 3.6km long twin-tube tunnels on Zhengzhou Metro’s new Line 1. The first machine was launched from the 16m deep shaft on September 28th 2010. Read more
UK Chancellor, George Osborne has announced that London’s US$25bn Crossrail scheme has been spared the axe in the UK’s spending review and will go ahead, “to build the economic infrastructure our businesses need,” said Osborne. The announcement will be met with huge relief by the British tunnelling industry as Crossrail currently involves the construction of some 42km of tunnel, including the TBM driven, twin 6m internal diameter, 6.2km long Royal Oak to Farringdon drives and the 8.3km long Limmo Peninsula to Farringdon tunnels, and several muti-million dollar major station construction contracts. More soon.
Costain has announced that it has been awarded the US$318M contract by National Grid for its 33km long, 4m diameter London Cable Replacement Tunnel system in London. TJ revealed Costain to be the preferred bidder in August, for the scheme that will see the contractor build a new high voltage electricity cable tunnel between Hackney and Willesden (via Kensal Green) and Kensal Green and Wimbledon. Read more
At 2.30pm (Swiss time) the East Tube of the world’s longest Railway Tunnel, the 57km long twin tube Gotthard Tunnel, broke through. The 9.43m diameter Herrenknecht TBM, driven by the Tansco JV, completed the final section of the landmark project between the Faido and Sedrun sections with an 8cm horizontal and 1cm vertical deviation. Read more
TAM International has announced that Ross Dimmock has joined the TAM International Group as “Regional Director – Europe & Middle East” and “Tunnelling & Mining Director- UK”. Ross was previously Technical Director of the Tunnel Division at Mott MacDonald, specialising in project management of sprayed concrete tunnelling design. Read more
VolkerFitzpatrick has been notified by Crossrail of its intention to award them the US$9.6M contract to construct the project’s Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA). TUCA will start to offer training in spring 2011 with the building planned to be fully open by summer 2011. Read more