Tuesday, November 13, 2012

SR99 Tunnel Boring Machine Naming Contest Deadline Today For K-12 Students

The Washington State Department of Transportation is sponsoring a contest for students grades K-12 to name the State Route SR 99 tunnel boring machine, which is the largest-diameter boring machine built to date.
Entries are due by 5 p.m today.
In mid-2013, the large machine will start tunneling beneath downtown Seattle, creating the replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct along the central waterfront.
The contest winner will have his/her name painted on the TBM and will be invited to attend the dedication event next year in Seattle.  A contestant’s entry must include a TBM name and a 200-word-or-less description of why they chose it.
Entries will be judged by a panel including Governor Chris Gregoire and Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond and the winner will be announced in December, when project officials travel to Japan and Seattle Tunnel Partners takes ownership of the completed TBM.
You can enter online at www.alaskanwayviaduct.org or in person at Milepost 31, 211 First Avenue.
Check the WSDOT website for more information.
(photo courtesy of WSDOT website)

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