They worked an average of 20 hours a day, 5 days a week for two and a half years; grinding away at rock hundreds of feet underground. And now, they’re finally getting the rest they deserve.
The three road headers that helped excavate the New Irvington Tunnel were removed from the tunnel last month after we holed through from tunnel headings and they are now out in the fresh air and resting after completing the excavation of the three and half mile-long tunnel. The largest of the group is a Mitsui Miike which weighs in at 57 tons. The two Antraquip roadheaders each weigh 36 tons.
What lies ahead for our three tunnel veterans? All three machines could be refurbished for use at future jobs.
While the workhorses await their future fate, work continues to complete the New Irvington Tunnel. Crews will begin installing the steel lining soon. The entire project is expected to be complete in 2015.