Caltrans contractors plan to start carving out the fouth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel on Monday. The roadheader that is being used for the project is a 130-ton, 54-foot-long and 14-foot-tall excavation device with a rotating cutter mounted on a boom. The roadheader will dig the 3,389-foot-long bore that will add two freeway lanes.
According to contracostatimes.com, the roadheader’s whirling teeth will dig into the hills after a short ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday to mark the milestone in the three-year construction project. Other machinery will dig the first few feet, and the roadheader will take over the excavation in about a week. Caltrans spokesman Jeff Weiss said, “There’s a very narrow window of opportunity to see the roadheader in the open. Then its underground until the project is finished.” To read more go to www.contracostatimes.com.