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Seattle needs help naming another giant tunnel machine — can you dig it, or is it boring?

Seattle’s affection for Tunnel Boring Machines almost certainly doesn’t run all that deep. The emotional zigs and zags and costs of working one beneath downtown for quite a few years form of took care of that.

Nevertheless 4 years after Bertha, the world’s largest such machine, poked her head out of the muck for good and completed a just about 2-mile journey to carve out the SR-99 tunnel, Seattle is diving once more into the thrilling exploits of boring engineering.

Seattle Public Utilities and the King County Wastewater Remedy Division will start this summer season on a 2.7-mile prolonged, 18-foot, 10-inch-diameter storage tunnel as part of the Ship Canal Water Quality Project. The ultimate phrase intention, by 2025, is to keep up larger than 75 million gallons of sewage and polluted stormwater, on widespread yearly, from coming into the Lake Washington Ship Canal, Salmon Bay and Lake Union.

And now they want help naming the thing.

Sooner than you click on on away to type in “Boring McBoreface” and do this in entrance of your laptop computer, take a second to ponder the distinctive aspect of the job and be a bit of additional inventive. In any case, there’s heavy rain involved, quite a few neighborhoods, high-tech gear. And poop!

GeekWire is particularly invested inside the endeavor because of work being completed alongside the canal and North thirty sixth Highway inside the Fremont neighborhood is instantly subsequent to our HQ and has made parking shut by crappier than an infinite tunnel full of … correctly, you get it.

For its half, Bertha got its name from Seattle’s first female mayor, Bertha Knight Landes, and was chosen in December 2012 by a panel that included the governor and transportation secretary. Wikipedia says there have been 150 submissions from kindergarten via twelfth graders, who had been requested to submit female names with Washington state heritage. The worthwhile entry was submitted by two elementary schools in Poulsbo and Hoquiam.

Seattle Public Utilities has already put together a video with some title methods from its employees. You could almost certainly do larger than Drill Gates, although Drill Nye the Boring Man is pretty good.

GeekWire is offering up such winners as … The Full Fremonty … Randy Runoff … Susie the Sewage Saver … and Bore. James Bore.

Tweet your methods with #NameThatTBM or submit ideas here. And check out the graphic underneath illustrating the endeavor, as Seattle digs into one different engineering marvel:

Seattle needs help naming another giant tunnel machine — can you dig it, or is it boring?

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