Bertha’s Breakdown Results in $223 Million in Cost Overruns

The Seattle Times reports, “Tunnel-machine Bertha’s two-year breakdown will cost Washington state an estimated $223 million in cost overruns, and delay the Highway 99 tunnel grand opening even more — now until early 2019, lawmakers were told [on July 21].” WSDOT officials said they do not yet have a plan for covering the losses, but the state and contractors are cooperating and moving forward in the belief that a funding impasse would only increase costs for everyone in the long run.