Boston's 'Big Dig' gets walk-through

| 8/27/2002

Thousands of curious Bostonians turned out Sunday to get a peek at the city' s $14.6-billion "Big Dig" project. The underground roadway is the largest and most complex highway construction project in U.S. history.

After more than a decade of construction, organizers opened a half-mile stretch of tunnel on the future I-93 Sunday afternoon to give pedestrians a peek at what all the fuss is about. About 600,000 people reportedly walked through the subterranean highway.

Designed to replace outdated elevated highways in downtown Boston with sleek tunnels, the Big Dig has produced a seemingly never-ending saga of traffic headaches, political scandals, engineering glitches and billions of dollars in cost overruns.

The tunnel opened to pedestrians on Sunday is scheduled to open to vehicles in December. The rest of the Big Dig should be completed by the end of 2003.