Big Believer: Despite Setbacks, "Big Dig" Potential Benefits are Stratospheric

This article examines the huge costs of Boston’s “Big Dig” to the finally completed project’s benefits. The total cost of the project was $14.6 billion for 7.5 centerline miles of highway, or $300,000 per inch. Shortly after it opened, a piece of the tunnel ceiling fell on a motorist, resulting in the motorist’s death. The article notes that there is an upside to the project in that traffic congestion and related air pollution in downtown Boston have decreased. The project has also helped to revive older neighborhoods and provided more green space and parks in the area. The author concludes that although it may be difficult for some to admit it, the “Big Dig” project has accomplished what it promised to do.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 24-30, 32-33
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  • Accession Number: 01054720
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2007 1:55PM