Likely end of the month until plan finished to fix Bertha

Likely end of the month until plan finished to fix Bertha
Workers enter the highway tunnel created by Bertha. (State Dept. of Transportation photo)
SEATTLE -- It'll likely be the end of the month before we get answers on how to get the tunneling machine "Bertha" moving again.

The state had hoped to get a plan from contractors Friday, but the contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners, says it will be at least two weeks before they can announce a fix for the damaged boring machine.

Representatives from STP are in Japan working with Bertha's manufacturer, trying to figure out how to fix the damaged main bearing seal. The fix will require contractors to dig down to Bertha, and that's a process that could take months.

The machine that's supposed to be digging the viaduct tunnel has only moved about 4 feet since Dec. 7.