As inspection crews found three more loose bolts in a ceiling
panel in Boston’s Big Dig, the director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority
filed a lawsuit in an effort to keep his job.
The Associated Press reported that crews were working Tuesday, July 25, to secure another section of
concrete near the entrance to the Ted Williams Tunnel. The section is similar
to the three-ton slabs that came loose on July 10 and crushed a car passing
through the tunnel, killing a passenger inside.
The new findings did not close the tunnel, but did reduce traffic to
one lane as a portable support device was put in place to shore up the panel, The AP reported.
Meanwhile, Matthew Amorello, head of the Massachusetts Turnpike
Authority, filed a lawsuit in the state’s Supreme Judicial Court on Monday,
July 24, in an attempt to block Gov. Mitt Romney from removing him from his
In the days following the tunnel incident, Romney vowed to remove
Amorello from the Big Dig project, going so far as to get emergency legislation
passed that stripped Amorello of control over the inspections. He also set up a
hearing to determine Amorello’s fate.
The AP reported
that Amorello’s lawsuit seeks to block that hearing, which is scheduled for
Thursday, July 27, and also asks the court to determine whether Romney has the
authority to remove Amorello from his position.
This isn’t the first legal shot fired in the Big Dig investigation. The
week of July 16, three Turnpike Authority board members filed suit against
Amorello, claiming that he tried to strip the board of its power and take
complete control of the authority’s operations.
A hearing on those charges has been set for July 26.