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24 feet of progress so far for Seattle tunnel

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SEATTLE — The world’s largest tunneling machine has only drilled 24 feet in a month to create a new route for Highway 99 under downtown Seattle.

The Seattle Times reports a delay on fiberglass strands that became stuck near the cutting face of the drill and now a labor dispute has disrupted the excavation along Seattle’s waterfront. Officials say the pace is about two weeks behind what the team expected.

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