With the tunnel boring machine damaged and unable to advance for over 8 months, King County had to act. In March 2010, King County issued a declaration of emergency in order to expedite a change of contractor on the troubled Brightwater Tunnel, Section 3 contract. King County then directed the Jay Dee/Coluccio JV (JDC) team to continue tunneling an additional 9,900 ft. from the Section 4 contract and connect to the uncompleted Section 3 tunnel.

In order to complete this objective, the existing JDC TBM had to be reconfigured for the higher pressures expected, the damaged TBM had to be gutted and filled with concrete and a ground freezing system had to be installed at the tunnel interface. Finally, after 10 months of hard work the JDC TBM successfully mined into the stalled Section 3 tunnel. This extraordinary accomplishment earned the Jay Dee/Coluccio JV team the 2011 International Tunnelling Awards, “Tunnelling Contractor of the Year” award.

Project Documents

Salvation in Seattle
Tunneling Journal Oct/Nov 2011

The Future is Brightwater
World Tunnelling March 2011

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