A Thurston County jury has awarded $57.2 million damages from Seattle Tunnel Partners to the state in the SR 99 tunnel delays trial.
“We never wavered from our position that it was always the contractor’s responsibility to fix the tunneling machine and that taxpayers should not pay the repair bill,” Inslee said. “We are grateful the jury agreed and awarded damages to taxpayers for a tunnel delivered three years behind schedule.”
The tunnel machine Bertha broke down in 2013 after digging only a thousand feet of the 2-mile SR 99 tunnel.
Contractors lifted Bertha out of the ground to repair and rebuild it, and the machine was out of service for two years.
Because STP finished the job 867 days late, WSDOT says the contract requires the company to pay the state $57.2 million in damages.
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