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Bertha’s pipe hit blamed on state

The state should have done more to warn Seattle Tunnel Partners about a steel pipe that tunnel machine Bertha struck Dec. 3, 2013, three days before the giant drill overheated and stalled, a dispute review board has ruled. The decision isn’t binding, but it shows that the state is in for a long struggle over who pays for which problems during the $2 billion tunnel project, whose final price may not be settled for years.

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