Matt Preedy, the state's deputy Highway 99 administrator, said Friday that Hitachi Zosen has a bearing on standby in Europe.
A similar incident happened in the early '90s at the Sarnia rail tunnel, between St. Clair, Ontario, and Port Huron, Mich., where bearing-seal troubles required crews to remove a cutterhead from a machine, made by Lovat of Canada. Insurers wound up paying $29.5 million, reported Tunneltalk.com, an industry website. Despite months of delay, the seals were fixed and the tunnel opened in April 1995.
By Mike Lindblom, Seattle Times