The state legislature has approved the construction of a train tunnel to be bored through Blue Mountain by means of a tunnel boring machine(TBM). Rail officials tell the GAZETTE that Big Rock Mining LLC currently has the lead bid in for the Blue Mountain Tunnel.
The GAZETTE contacted Big Rock Mining about their construction plans for the Blue Mountain Tunnel. Big Rock president Samuel Flemming informed the paper that plans are to use their largest TBM called "Big Alice" also called "Teeny" by it's operating team. Mr. Flemming also mentioned that boring should begin on the north side of Blue Mountain. Big Rock plans to use Knotty Pine as its operations headquarters.