The LA Times is reporting that the California bullet train project may be facing significant budget and schedule issues, largely because of a 13.5-mile tunnel beneath Pacheco Pass east of Gilroy. The article reports that the current budget for the 54-mile segment between Gilroy and Chowchilla is $5.5B, but experts that they interviewed for the story put the cost of the twin-bore tunnel itself at between $5.6 to $14.4B. Geological and geotechnical drilling and testing are currently underway for the tunnel which will be up to 1,000 feet below ground through the challenging Franciscan Complex. Don’t forget about the challenges of a seismically active area and at least one major fault crossing. The designers and engineers for that project are going to have their hands full with that one!
Seven new design contracts were issued today for the Crossrail project including four central London Stations and three significant portals. According to the New Civil Engineer, the project is being called "Europe’s Largest Construction Project". […]
The cover story for Tunnel Boring Magazine’s April 2011 issue is about the Aero-train tunnel at Dulles Airport that has recently celebrated it’s first year of operation. There are 3 miles of tunnels that guide […]
Geotechnical drilling was set to begin yesterday on the 710 Tunnel Technical Study in the L.A. area. Currently the 710 freeway ends along the city of Los Angeles-Alhambra boundary but was intended to run north […]