The Boston Herald reported today that the Big Dig, Boston’s
massive interstate tunnel project, is now the subject of a criminal
A source told
the newspaper that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is officially looking into
construction spending on the project, which was the largest construction
project of its kind in U.S. history.
The Big Dig was created to
take the elevated interstates that once ran 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 carries portions of several highways, including Interstate 93 and I-90.
included numerous, massive cost overruns, and the private concerns in charge of
the work have drawn the ire of local, state and federal officials.
News of the
investigation comes just a few days after Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney, angered by hundreds of leaks in the Big Dig tunnels and lagging
cost-recovery efforts, filed legislation to create an independent commission
with expanded legal powers to go after contractors responsible for millions of
dollars in mistakes.
officials continue to struggle with literally hundreds of leaks in the projects
tunnels that have come to light in recent months. The leaks are so prevalent
that the tunnel is handling dozens of times the amount of water it was designed
to deal with.
The Boston Globe reported
Dec. 10 that six more sections of the tunnel had the type of defect that led to
previous leaks. The leaks have become such an issue that, according to a report
in The Globe earlier this month, the
state of Massachusetts has plans to file a $100 million lawsuit against the
private-sector managers of the Big Dig.