Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Bertha Will Be Done Digging Before Fort Worth's Boondoggle Bridge Ditch Is Dug
The Highway 99 tunnel project in downtown Seattle has been stalled for about two years due to the world's biggest tunnel boring machine, named Bertha, running into some unexpected steel, causing a lot of damage to Bertha.
As you can read, via the text under the picture of the hole Bertha is in, the new tunnel was originally supposed to open this month.
If Bertha manages to bore successfully, the project timeline now has the tunnel open in 2018.
While Bertha was stalled, other parts of the approximately $4 billion project continued and are on schedule.
The Bertha problems and the ongoing fix have been reported in detail in Seattle media.
Meanwhile, in Fort Worth, there also is a stalled public works project, which used to be known as the Trinity River Central City Uptown Panther Island Vision.
But is now known simply as America's Biggest Boondoggle.
Even with the delay Bertha will end up taking about four years to dig the biggest diameter tunnel ever bored.
While in Fort Worth, America's Biggest Boondoggle started construction on long delayed bridges in October of 2014, with a four year project timeline. To build three simple little bridges over dry land.
The Fort Worth bridge construction had no mechanical malfunctions to explain why it was a year after the supposed start of construction that big fanfare ensued due to bridge piers finally being under construction for one of the bridges.
Yes, you read that right. One year later only one of the Fort Worth bridges is under construction. And a big fuss was made because the wood forms for the bridge's piers could be seen.
Now, unlike the Seattle Times, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram makes no effort to explain to its few readers why this Fort Worth pseudo public works project has accomplished so little in a project which has spanned most of this century.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has not asked The Boondoggle for the real reason the bridges are being built over dry land, since it is obvious The Boondoggle's claim that the over dry land construction is a cost saving tactic is bogus. Because the reality of The Boondoggle's bridges is there will be no water under those bridges until a ditch is dug under them and water is diverted from the Trinity River.
Why does the Star-Telegram repeat The Boondoggle's propaganda about the bridge construction without questioning the obvious disinformation?
Why does the Star-Telegram not do some investigative journalism looking into the finances of The Boondoggle?
How many taxpayer dollars have been spent on the TRVA worker's salaries, including J.D. Granger's, over the course of this overly extended slow motion project? How much has the dithering added to the cost due to having to pay the people running The Boondoggle for years longer than if this had been a well executed project?
How much money has been spent on the frequent propaganda mailers sent out by The Boondoggle?
How much money has been spent on The Boondoggle's signage?
How much money has been spent on the The Boondoggle's Epstein propaganda purveyors?
How much money did The Boondoggle spend to dig the pond for the defunct Cowtown Wakepark?
If The Boondoggle was taking place in Seattle, or any other town in America with a real newspaper, you would have the answers to those questions, instead of reading the questions, unanswered, in a blog like this.