Another Big Dig delay in Beantown

| Monday, December 16, 2002

A malfunctioning fire alarm system has caused the latest in a seemingly endless series of delays for Boston's Big Dig project, The Boston Globe reported Dec. 12. As a result, the project's turnpike extension tunnels, which will link the state's turnpike to Logan Airport, will not open till next year.

Big Dig spokesman Sean O'Neill told The Globe the segment would likely open before Jan. 26. However, he would not specify a date.

Originally scheduled to open in December 2001, then Sept. 7 of this year, then Nov. 8, and then Dec. 20, the final portion of I-90 in the Big Dig project will link to the Ted Williams Tunnel.

Designed to replace outdated elevated highways in downtown Boston with sleek tunnels, the Big Dig has produced a seemingly never-ending saga of traffic headaches, political scandals,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 underground roadway is the largest and most complex highway construction project in U.S. history.

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