Tunneling to begin Monday in Orinda | 511 Contra Costa

Tunneling to begin Monday in Orinda

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.

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