major portions of Boston’s Big Dig underground highway system will
soon be named as part of a deal between state lawmakers, The
Boston Globe reported March 25.
I-93 section of the project will be named the Liberty Tunnel, and
the I-90 connector to the Ted Williams Tunnel will be named the
O’Neill Tunnel after former U.S. House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill
of Massachusetts. O’Neill, who died in 1994, was a mainstay of Democratic
politics in the state. He represented the state for more than 30
years, spending 10 of those years as speaker.
names, suggested by Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, were quickly supported
by top legislative leaders, the newspaper reported, and a bill making
them official is expected to be filed today.