There’s an old saying that sometimes the cure is worse than the
disease. That certainly seems to be the case when it comes to repairing leaks
ill-fated, $14 billion Big Dig project.
The Boston Globe reported that project managers are saying that a recent attempt to patch leaks
in the tunnels has created 45 new ones.
Modern Continental Corp., the company under contract to repair the
leaks, pumped sealant into leaks, only to have the water from the sealed leaks
back up and create new leaks nearby. The
Globe reported that since May, when the company first began using
this sealant technique, 45 new leaks have appeared in two sections of the
tunnel under downtown
A spokesperson for the company told The
Globe that having new leaks pop up is not an unexpected result of
the repair technique being used, which is known as the “chase the leak” method.
In spite of this, the contractor says it still plans to meet its Sept.
22 deadline for repairing the tunnels.