Watch: Crews cut Seattle’s Bertha to pieces

Updated 11:56 am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Now that the task of digging the nearly two-mile tunnel beneath Seattle is complete, Bertha’s usefulness is over.

But as the largest tunnel boring machine in the world, Bertha can’t just be put on a truck and wheeled off to the next job. Instead, the hulk is getting cut to pieces and hauled away one multi-ton piece at a time.

Crews with contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners cut out the first piece of the 900-ton cutter head on May 5, hauling the first massive chunk out of the pit and up to the surface.

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