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March 7, 2013

$80M Bertha getting ready for Seattle trip

SEATTLE — Crews in Japan last week began disassembling Bertha, the world's largest-diameter tunneling machine, for its voyage to Seattle.

The $80 million machine will be loaded in 41 pieces aboard the 473-foot Jumbo Fairpartner, which is estimated to depart March 15-19 and arrive here by month's end, depending on the weather.

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