The Big Dig,
an underground highway system under construction in Boston, will
open its next phase March 30 when the northbound lanes of I-93
are put to use under the city, The Boston Globe reported
will also include the Bunker Hill Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge
over the Charles River. The bridge is reportedly the widest bridge
of its kind in the world.
is the second milestone this year for the project, the largest
highway construction project in the United States. Earlier, the
I-90 connector to the Ted Williams Tunnel and Logan Airport opened
to general traffic. The new connector extends the MassPike from
its old terminus at I-93 near South Station and Chinatown under
the rail tracks and under the Fort Point Channel through to the
Ted Williams Tunnel and into Logan Airport.
However, this month’s opening
is far more significant, representing a larger portion of the entire
project, which is scheduled to be complete by early 2004. The
reported that a series of lane closures and restrictions
would be used to move traffic from the northbound lanes of the current
elevated highway and into the tunnel system.