Big Dig (Boston)2017-11-28T12:33:41-08:00

Big Dig (Boston)

As the most expensive highway in US history, the Central Artery and Tunnel — known as “The Big Dig” — started as a $2.6 billion Boston project. By the time it was finished, its cost had ballooned to $15 billion, plus another $9 billion in interest. It was completed 8 years late and was plagued with innumerable errors, such as “design blueprints that didn’t line up properly, to the faulty mixing of concrete,” according to the Boston Globe. Most tragically, a ceiling collapse killed a car passenger.

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.

October 5th, 2017|

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.

May 22nd, 2017|

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.

December 29th, 2015|
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