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!
The $14.8 billion project that has constructed a dizzying array of underground highways, bridges, ramps and tunnels in the middle of Boston has finally ended. The end of 2007 apparently was also the end of the Bechtel/Parsons Brinkerhoff joint venture that designed and built the project. More… (Photo by brewrat)
The “breakthrough” media event for CALTRANS’ Devil’s Slide Tunnel project was this past Friday. A large crowd of politicians, news crews and locals were on hand as a road-header broke through a shotcrete face in a ceremony to mark the completion of the excavation portion of the first of two tunnels. It will still be over a year until the tunnels are opened to traffic. The second tunnel is expected to breakthrough as early as this week. (Photo by SFGate.com)
The Video came from the Coastsider, the page also has comments from the videographer, Barry Parr, which offer a good perspective on the event.
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