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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.

Before drilling began, state officials estimated it would progress at…

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