"The Big Dig -- Keep Your Fingers Crossed" The Big Dig Tip by Ewingjr98
The Big Dig, Boston: 4 reviews and 11 photos
Officially titled the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, the Big Dig was a huge undertaking that continuously grew during its 15 years of construction. It was designed to replace much of the existing elevated I-93 corridor through downtown with an 8-10 lane underground highway and to construct a new tunnel to the airport. To make the project difficult, they decided to do it with minimal impact to traffic, meaning they would build an underground road beneath an existing, heavily used highway. Originally budgeted under $1 billion, the ever-rising budget is now approaching $15 billion.
Some of the improvements created by the Big Dig, besides increasing traffic flow through downtown, include the beautiful new Bunker Hill Bridge, a belt of green parkland through the city, and a feel that the city's historic downtown neighborhoods have been reunited after removal of the barrier formed by the iron highway.
Update in July 2006...a section of the Big Dig's roof where I-90 enters the Ted Williams Tunnel collapsed on a car, killing one. Gov. Mitt Romney said in response, "People should not have to drive through the Turnpike tunnels with their fingers crossed."
Address: Charles River
Directions: Between Storrow Dr. and Memorial Drive (Cambridge)
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