Seattle’s affection for Tunnel Boring Machines most likely doesn’t run all that deep. The emotional zigs and zags and prices of working one beneath downtown for a number of years sort of took care of that.
However 4 years after Bertha, the world’s largest such machine, poked her head out of the muck for good and accomplished a virtually 2-mile journey to carve out the SR-99 tunnel, Seattle is diving again into the thrilling exploits of boring engineering.
Seattle Public Utilities and the King County Wastewater Therapy Division will begin this summer time on a 2.7-mile lengthy, 18-foot, 10-inch-diameter storage tunnel as a part of the Ship Canal Water Quality Project. The final word aim, by 2025, is to maintain greater than 75 million gallons of sewage and polluted stormwater, on common every year, from coming into the Lake Washington Ship Canal, Salmon Bay and Lake Union.
And now they need assist naming the thing.
Earlier than you click on away to kind in “Boring McBoreface” and do this in entrance of your laptop, take a second to contemplate the distinctive facet of the job and be a bit of extra artistic. In any case, there’s heavy rain concerned, a number of neighborhoods, high-tech equipment. And poop!
GeekWire is especially invested within the undertaking as a result of work being accomplished alongside the canal and North thirty sixth Road within the Fremont neighborhood is immediately subsequent to our HQ and has made parking close by crappier than an enormous tunnel stuffed with … properly, you get it.
For its half, Bertha got its name from Seattle’s first feminine 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 by means of twelfth graders, who had been requested to submit feminine names with Washington state heritage. The profitable entry was submitted by two elementary faculties in Poulsbo and Hoquiam.
Seattle Public Utilities has already put together a video with some title strategies from its staff. You may most likely do higher than Drill Gates, though Drill Nye the Boring Man is fairly good.
GeekWire is providing up such winners as … The Full Fremonty … Randy Runoff … Susie the Sewage Saver … and Bore. James Bore.
Tweet your strategies with #NameThatTBM or submit concepts here. And take a look at the graphic under illustrating the undertaking, as Seattle digs into one other engineering marvel: