A broken fan belt or some other machinery? No. Some unforeseen physical obstruction? No.
What stopped Bertha was an unforeseen labor obstruction.
A battle between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 and a labor trades union over just four jobs - one each to run a conveyor belt and a bulldozer, and two to position the barges!
Spoils from the TBM are to be moved by a conveyor belt to Terminal 46 and loaded onto barges. The sticking point is this: Is Terminal 46 a dock or part of a construction site?
Here is what we see in today's latest web cam view.
(Natalie Graves, WSDOT)
An article in the Seattle Times (September 14th) explains the complexity of this labor dispute, one that no politician in Seattle is eager to get involved in.
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