Brenner Base Tunnelers Conquer Peaks and Valleys in the Alps

Alpine mountain village with lake view

The Brenner Base Tunnel will pass just a few meters beneath the Isarco River.

October 21, 2019
Scott Blair - Engineering News-Record

A logistics tangle decades in the unraveling, the Brenner Base Tunnel project is having a banner year. Twin tunnel boring machines in May were released on their relentless journey to mine the main tunnels underneath the Alps between Austria and Italy, while a multinational crew of 2,400 workers armed with a toolkit of just about every mining technique is swarming four major worksites, including a particularly challenging area where workers must undercut a river and pass through the fast-flowing aquifer below it.

Mr. Blair may be contacted at blairs@enr.com



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