A review of Boston’s transportation system has turned up problems at
two older tunnels that go under the city’s harbor.
The review was prompted by a ceiling collapse in July in the city’s Big
Dig tunnel system, which killed a woman in her car.
According to The Associated Press,
inspectors have found significant problems in the concrete work in the Sumner and
At a press conference, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney held up a
six-pound chunk of concrete that had worked its way loose.
New concrete panels were placed in both tunnels in the 1990s, but the
panels were secured to old walls and ceilings that were crumbling in places.
Romney said the tunnels won’t have to be closed immediately, but will
need major repairs that could begin next summer.