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
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.
to replace outdated elevated highways in downtown Boston with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.
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.