Easy Pass: Why Bechtel Never Paid for its Big Dig Mistakes"

Number 20206
Subject Construction
Source Boston Globe
State Massachusetts
Year 2003
Publication Date February 9, 10, 11, 2003
Summary The Boston Globe investigates "who, if anyone, was to blame for more than $1.6 billion in construction cost overruns on the nation's largest, most expensive public works project, "the Big Dig," and why those responsible had never been held accountable. What we found was that Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff, the mega-corporate joint venture running the project, committed a series of poor decisions, design mistakes, and imprecise research findings that led to about two-thirds of the overruns. The company's political connections, lobbyists, and cross pollination with state and federal officials go a long way toward explaining why the company was never held accountable."
Category General
Pages 14
Keywords Bechtel;Big Dig;Boston;fee overruns;construction cost overruns;public works projects;Parsons Brinckerhoff;politics;lobbyists;political connections;design mistakes;construction
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