Putting the Public First in Public-Private Partnerships

American Prospect » When the public sector fails to transfer enough risk to private entities or fails in its own oversight obligations, a P3 can suck government – and taxpayers — into a fiasco that costs far more than if the project was delivered through traditional means.

State auditor faults handling of delta tunnels planning contracts

Los Angeles Times » California water managers awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to a Sacramento consulting firm without going through the required competitive bidding process, according to the state auditor.

2018-03-07T11:20:07+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Big Dig, California, California WaterFix, General Interest, Roads, Water|

Lexington house constructed from Big Dig materials listed for $2.19 million

The Boston Globe » The home was built in 2006, using more than 600,000 pounds of reclaimed steel and concrete left over from the boondoggle highway’s construction.

2017-06-27T14:06:36+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Big Dig, Highways, Massachusetts, Urban|

10 years later, did the Big Dig deliver?

Boston Globe — The Big Dig was no mere act of public works, never talked about in the way New Yorkers refer to the Lincoln Tunnel or the George Washington Bridge — infrastructure that cleanly does its job. Ours was the mega project of faulty epoxy, light fixtures dropping like pine needles, Ginsu guardrails, and sea water leaks. The boondoggle, good money after bad, the white elephant.

2017-05-26T12:04:15+00:00 December 29th, 2015|Big Dig|