Nov. 18 update: Access pit camera outage

Posted on Nov 18 2014 5:05 PM
We’ve received a number of questions recently regarding access pit camera 2, which provides an overhead view of the circular pit (pdf 2.5 Mb) Seattle Tunnel Partners is building to access and repair the SR 99 tunneling machine. The camera has been offline twice in the past month. The first time was intentional, as archaeologists investigated a shell deposit discovered in the pit by crews on Oct. 23. The camera view was restored on Nov. 8 after the investigation was complete. 
Then, due to a loss of power, the camera stopped working on Nov. 13. The power outage has not yet been resolved, but please be assured that we recognize that the construction cameras are a great way for the public to track STP’s progress, and we’re working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
To give you a sense of STP’s progress over the past several days, here’s a photo of the site taken on Nov. 18. The access pit is now 65 feet deep – just over halfway down to its final depth of 120 feet.    
November 18 photo of SR 99 tunnel access pit
When the issue with the camera is resolved, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, thanks for your patience.

Previous updates

Nov. 3, 2014 update – Access pit excavation resumes

Oct. 28, 2014 update – Archaeological investigation begins at the access pit

Oct. 28, 2014 update – Access pit cameras temporarily disabled

Oct. 23, 2014 update – Excavation of access pit temporarily stopped

Oct. 20, 2014 update – Access pit excavation is underway

Oct. 10, 2014 update – Seattle Tunnel Partners lowering groundwater near the access pit

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