How awesome! The most incredible boring story in the world is the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM)  in the Niagara Tunnel Project which started in 2005 and will be completed in 2013.

Niagara Tunnel Project - Big Becky

Niagara Tunnel Project - Big Becky

The hot headline in the news is that the boring (excavation) has stopped in the Niagara Tunnel yesterday, May 13, 2011:

“The TBM affectionately known as “BIG BECKY” officially completed the mining phase of the Niagara Tunnel Project at approximately 12:34 p.m. breaking through the outer portal of the Grout Tunnel before a large number of government politicians, company executives, workers, media and other invited guests. The breakout occurred at 10,143.026 meters.”

Amazing boring work was finished by Big Becky, known as the Tunnel Boring Machine that was used in the Niagara Tunnel Project!

The Niagara Tunnel Project reached an “important milestone May 13, 2011 when Big Becky, the world’s largest hard rock tunnel boring machine “breaks through” to daylight after a 10.2 Km journey beneath Niagara Falls, Ontario.”

Total Tunnel Length:
10,148 meters long
33,293.5 feet

The Niagara Tunnel Project is the largest renewable energy project of its type under construction anywhere in the world.

The route of the Niagara Tunnel is as follows:

  • “The Niagara Tunnel will run unseen directly below downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario.
  • It will follow Stanley Avenue, running next to two older Ontario Power Generation water diversion tunnels.
  • Water that flows into the tunnel entrance, just above the Horseshoe Falls, will quickly drop about 100 metres (330 feet).
  • Unheard and unseen, the water will rush around the falls, underneath the city, and onward towards its destination: the Sir Adam Beck Generating Stations.”

Please click here to see an animated recreation of the tunnel boring process!”

The Tunnel Route Under the City of Niagara Falls:

BIG BECKY Boring Phase is Now Completed for the Niagara Tunnel Project

BIG BECKY Boring Phase is Now Completed for the Niagara Tunnel Project

The benefits of the Niagara Tunnel Project when it is completed in 2013 include:

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