Problems found in other tunnels in Boston

| 9/27/2006

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 Callahan tunnels.

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.