Private attorney to investigate Big Dig as price tag goes up

| 3/23/2007

Massachusett's attorney general has named a special prosecutor to investigate last year's tunnel collapse in Boston's Big Dig project that left one woman dead.

Paul Ware, chairman of Goodwin Proctor, one of the biggest private litigation firms in the country, will head up the investigation during the next four months to determine if criminal charges will be pressed, according to The Boston Globe.

The incident happened in July 2006, when a chunk of the ceiling from one of the tunnels in the massive highway project came loose, crushing a car below and killing passenger Milena Del Valle.

Since then, numerous flaws and needed repairs have been found in the tunnels, giving way to accusations of shoddy workmanship and shady business practices from the project's contractor, Bechtel/Parsons Brinkerhoff.

Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority has approved an additional $6 million for repairs to the project, bringing the total cost of repairs to $31 million.