construction first started, the builders of Boston’s Big Dig underground
highway have contended the route would include some of the most
advanced traffic-monitoring and emergency systems in the country.
the people building that system want more money to install it. A
Technology Solutions Inc. is now asking for $234 million for the
job, The Boston Globe reported recently. That includes a
$93 million boost this year on top of a $37 million price tag hike
money is part of $600 million in cost overruns requested by contractors
working on the project.
officials are working through the $600 million in claims, as the
higher charges are called.
pay what is fair and no more, and our track record thus far has
been about 50 cents on the dollar" for the amounts the contractors
claim, Matthew Amorello, chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike
Authority, told the newspaper.
Big Dig is the largest construction project of its kind in U.S.
history. It will take the elevated interstates that currently lead
into the center of Boston and replace them with wider, higher-capacity
underground highways, including new tunnels and bridges to carry
traffic over and under the city’s waterways. The Big Dig will carry
portions of several highways, including I-93 and I-90. Portions
of the project are already open to traffic.
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
told The Globe that construction delays on some portions
of the project delayed the company getting access, which in turn
increased its costs.