Much of our construction is focused at either end of downtown, near what will become the tunnel's north and south portals. Still, there is plenty of work happening at the surface above and near the tunnel route.
Tunneling machine repair effort is ongoing
Seattle Tunnel Partners and manufacturer Hitachi Zosen are repairing and enhancing Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine. Crews built a 120-foot-deep pit to access the machine. The pit is located between South Jackson and South Main streets, just north of where crews stopped tunnling in December 2013. The machine tunneled into the pit in March 2015. Here's an aerial shot of the pit:
On March 30, 2015, Seattle Tunnel Partners safely placed the front end of the SR 99 tunneling machine on the repair platform located just south of the access pit. The front-end lift followed three successful lifts of smaller pieces. With the necessary pieces of the machine now at the surface, STP is preparing to make repairs and enhancements. Below are photos of the front-end lift and the massive piece sitting on a platform, awaiting repairs.
Below are links that illustrate STP's plan to resume tunneling. The contractor's latest schedule is available here.
- Narrated video explaining STP's repair plan (view on YouTube)
- Seattle Tunnel Partners repair work plan (pdf 4.8 Mb)
- Three-angle time-lapse video of Bertha's front end lift (links to YouTube)
- Single-angle time-lapse video of Bertha's front end lift (links to YouTube)
- Time-lapse video of Bertha's first piece rising to the surface (links to YouTube)
- Time-lapse video of Bertha parking in the pit (links to YouTube)
- Video of Bertha's breakthrough (links to YouTube)
- Video of crews chipping a Bertha-sized circle on the face of the pit’s southern wall (view on YouTube).
- Time-lapse camera showing repairs
- Video of crews building the access pit (links to YouTube)
Elliott Bay Seawall work is ongoing
The City of Seattle is replacing the Elliott Bay Seawall — from South Washington Street to Broad Street — with a structure that meets current safety and design standards. Visit the project’s website for the latest news about seawall-related construction.
Visiting Pioneer Square or the waterfront? We'll help you find parking
There are a lot of great things to do in the Pioneer Square and waterfront neighborhoods. Since circling the block to find parking isn’t one of them, we launched a parking website to help visitors track down one of thousands of parking spaces within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, attractions and more. The site includes rates, hours and directions to specific lots or garages.