Summer Brings Caldecott Fourth Bore Milestone: Breakthrough Part 2
Video: Caldecott Update
Excavator digging the last remaining meters of the bench at the eastern portal. Workers use a fire hose to spray the work area down to keep dust down.
The gantry scaffolding for installation of the waterproof membrane, which is installed over the initial shotcrete lining in order to prevent groundwater seepage.
The western tunnel with 15” final lining installed. To date about one third of the 69 concrete lining pours have been completed.
All photos by Karl Neilsen
August 14, 2012
At the same time as completing excavation of the bottom layer of rock separating the two sides of the bore, crews have begun the process of finishing the tunnel’s walls. They are applying a waterproof membrane, rebar strengthening and a final smooth layer of concrete, working their way from the west side of the bore to the east. And while one could now technically walk from Orinda to Oakland through the fourth bore, there’s still more excavation work ahead to shave the floor in certain areas. Known as the invert and measuring about eight feet deep, this depression in the floor is an engineering strategy to improve rock stability at the west end, and to reduce groundswell from moist soil at the east end.
Overall, construction of the Caldecott Fourth Bore is now 70 percent complete, and the project is on target to open in late 2013. MTC is a major funder of the Fourth Bore project, which will bring congestion relief to the perennially clogged Caldecott gateway between Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Also in the news this month is the selection of the student designers for the Caldecott Fourth Bore decorative medallions.
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