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Bertha rescue pit complete


Seattle Tunnel Partners has completed excavation of the 39.5m deep pit that will be used to access and repair Bertha, the 17.5m diameter Hitachi Zosen SR 99 TBM being used to bore the 2.7km long Alaskan Way Viaduct Relacement Tunnel. Crews removed the final scoop of soil from the pit on Friday, Jan. 30.

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Cityringen circle line metro TBMs reach Copenhagen Central

A milestone was reached in the construction of Copenhagen’s Cityringen metro circle line on January 29, when Denmark’s prime minister Mrs Helle Thorning-Schmidt and transport minister Mr Magnus Heunicke witnessed the breakthrough of TBMs ‘Eva’ and ‘Minerva’ into the station box at Copenhagen Central station. Read more

Crossrail tunnels edge towards completion

TBM Elizabeth, named after HM The Queen, has successfully broken through in to the eastern end of Liverpool Street Crossrail station. The breakthrough, 40m beneath the City of London, is part of Crossrail’s longest tunnel drive, 8.3km from Limmo Peninsula, near Canning Town, to Farringdon.

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Eglinton Crosstown TBMs reach halfway point on western segment

In downtown Toronto, Canada, the two TBMs excavating the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project’s western segment officially reached the half-way point of their journey on Tuesday, January 20th, as they broke through the headwall at Allen Road. Read more

UK tunnelling skills development receives £2.8 million investment

UK Skills Minister Nick Boles today (22 January) announced £1.1 million of government funding to match £1.7 million of industry investment to help create a legacy of engineering jobs and skills from major projects including the Crossrail development. Read more

Wayss & Freytag secures Frankfurt tunnel contract

Wayss & Freytag, Royal BAM Group’s German tunnelling specialist, has won a joint venture contract for the construction of the Europagarten Tunnel, in Frankfurt, Germany. Read more

Elizabeth achieves first breakthrough on Sydney’s North West Rail Link

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian announced today, Wednesday 21st January, that Sydney’s North West Rail Link is running ahead of schedule and $300 million under budget, as the landmark project reached another major tunnelling milestone. Read more

Italy’s CMC wins key Beirut water project

Italian construction firm Cmc di Ravenna has won a €165 million (US$191 million) contract for the excavation of 24kms of water supply tunnels and transfer lines in Beirut, Lebanon. Read more

HMM to design Toronto’s Scarborough Subway tunnel

On December 9, the board of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) awarded Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) the contract to design the tunnel for Toronto’s new Scarborough subway. Read more

Leighton JV wins Exhibition Station contract for HK’s Shatin to Central Link

Leighton Holdings subsidiary Leighton Asia, in a joint venture with China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong), has been awarded a contract by MTR Corporation for works on the Shatin to Central Link in Hong Kong. Total revenue for the project is A$929 million (£504m), of which Leighton has a 51% share. Read more

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