Tuesday, March 15, 2005


Big Dig Gone Wrong

The engineering consultant hired to investigate leaks at Boston's Big Dig tunneling project is now stating that he can no longer vouch for the safety of the project:

"I am now unable to express an opinion as to the safety of the I-93 portion of the Central Artery," Jack K. Lemley wrote in the March 9 letter to the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, a copy of which was obtained by The Boston Globe.

In the latest letter, he said new information has surfaced that more than 40 large sections of tunnel wall contain construction defects and that fireproofing material has been damaged by leaks.

He also wrote that project officials have blocked him from obtaining records and data related to the new problems. Lemley added that his change in position also was driven by the apparent lack of any formal plan by Big Dig officials to address the leak problems.

Should be interesting to see how this one plays out, but one thing is for certain - I'm glad I'm not in his shoes.

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