Better Late than Never at a cost of $14.8 billion … The Big Dig in Boston is Complete


The “Big Dig” has seemingly come to an end and only at an expense of $14.8 billion. The initial cost of this Boston, MA construction project was $2.6 billion. This is one anniversary that no one will be popping a champaign cork to. It seems like construction just started such a short time ago. Yeah, like 1991!!!

After a history marked by engineering triumphs, tunnels leaks, epic traffic jams, last year’s death of a motorist crushed by falling concrete panels and a price tag that soared from $2.6 billion to a staggering $14.8 billion, there’s little appetite for celebration.

Civil and criminal cases stemming from the July 2006 tunnel ceiling collapse continue, though on Monday the family of Milena Del Valle announced a $6 million settlement with Powers Fasteners, the company that manufactured the epoxy blamed by investigators for the accident. Lawsuits are pending against other Big Dig contractors, and Powers Fasteners still faces a manslaughter indictment.

Officially, Dec. 31 marks the end of the joint venture that teamed megaproject contractor Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff with the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to build the dizzying array of underground highways, bridges, ramps and a new tunnel under Boston Harbor — all while the city remained open for business.

On Dec. 31, It’s Official: Boston’s Big Dig Will Be Done

Posted December 26, 2007 by
Bizarre, Business, Corruption, Politics, WTF | 2 comments

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    2 Responses to “Better Late than Never at a cost of $14.8 billion … The Big Dig in Boston is Complete”

    1. minnesota dad on December 26th, 2007 3:21 pm

      Kudos and another big thanks to Ted Kennedy and the Democrats for ‘bringing home the bacon’.

      Between this project and the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’, all of our politicians should be sentenced to at least one night in Aruba at Carlos and Charlies!


    2. nurturer on December 27th, 2007 11:11 am

      Here’s to no more 3 ton ceiling tiles dropping on any more families.

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