A Big Dig contractor is claiming that a 1999 memo from one of its
safety officers that warned of problems with the bolt fixtures used in the
tunnel ceilings is a fake.
The Associated Press reported that Modern Continental Construction Co. issued a statement on
Wednesday, Aug. 3, claiming that it has found no evidence in its own files of
The memo was written in May 1999 by John Keaveney, a safety officer
with the company. It was mailed to the Boston
Globe without Keaveney’s knowledge following the July 10 collapse of
part of one of the Big Dig tunnels that left a woman dead.
The AP reported
that Keaveney has since verified the authenticity of the memo, but Modern
“Based on an extensive review of documents, including invoices for
delivery of materials, commencement-of-work records and safety reports signed
by Mr. Keaveney, Modern Continental believes the memo he allegedly prepared in
May 1999 was fabricated,” the statement said.
Keaveney’s lawyer told the Globe that his client still maintains the memo was real, but that he may have made
some errors regarding its exact timing.
Meanwhile, toll revenue on the Massachusetts Turnpike has taken a hit
in recent weeks as commuters heading to Boston from surrounding suburbs
continue to avoid Big Dig tunnels.
The Boston Herald reported that the five tollway stops that are part of the Big Dig are losing an
average of about $132,660 a day. The tolls on the three tunnels of the Big Dig
account for about $104,000 of that total.