Big Dig opening stalled as more bad bolts found

| 8/23/2006

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s wish to have Boston’s Big Dig tunnel reopened by Labor Day may not come true after all.

According to The Associated Press, inspectors have discovered that 3,300 steel brackets that hold up ceiling panels need to be strengthened.

The brackets are supposed to support three times the weight of the panels – but actually only support two times their weight.

The section of the tunnel in question – a connector tunnel that connects the Ted Williams Tunnel with Interstate 93 – has been closed since July following a deadly accident in which several three-ton ceiling panels fell and crushed a car below, killing a female passenger.