St Clair River Rail Tunnel, Sarnia Evolution Of The Design And Construction Methods For The TBM Cutterhead Retrieval

McDonald, Peter
Organization: Deep Foundations Institute
Pages: 20
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1997
In 1994 the world's largest underwater tunnel was constructed to link Canada and the U.S.A. This new tunnel was large enough to accommodate double-decker railway cars. The construction of an unplanned Retrieval Shaft was required to allow removal and servicing of the Cutterhead of the Tunnel Boring Machine before it passed under the St. Clair River. This paper, which is a revision of that published in Canadian Tunnelling, has been modified here to emphasize construction considerations and describes the evolution of the design and construction of this "Rescue Shaft" under extreme schedule pressure, and changed ground conditions..
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