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

    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."
  • US audit: Big Dig is 'bankrupt'

    Big Dig managers have systematically covered up hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns for years through shell-game accounting that made public estimates for the road-and-tunnel work little more than a mirage. While state officials insisted the project was on time, on budget, and tightly managed, a two-month Boston Globe investigation found little of that was true.
  • The Big Dig

    Washington Post Magazine reports on the 25-year-long "campaign of "innuendo and distortion" surrounding an archeological finding that has changed "the theory about who the first Americans were." The story focuses on how James Adovasio, an archeologist at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania, uncovered a 12,000-year-old spear point at a site 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh in 1973. The report describes how "date after date showed that the sate was inhibited before archaeological orthodoxy said it could have been." The story reports on the corroboration of Adovasio's theory after other similar artifacts - more than 12,000-year-old - have been found in Chile, Virginia and South Carolina.
  • Big Dig Drinking

    "The Big Dig/Central Artery project is the largest construction project in the country. The federally funded project will cost taxpayers an estimated 14 billion dollars. More than four thousand workers are building bridges and tunnels that millions of commuters will travel on. We watched as Big Dig workers left job sites, walked into bars, and drank at lunch. Many of the construction workers didn't have anything to eat, and then went back to work and operated heavy equipment. We wondered about the quality of work being done if some of these people were 'working under the influence'. Some workers walked right past the Big Dig's main office to get to the bars. If we could see what was happening, why couldn't state officials? After our story aired, the Big Dig launched its own investigation and two workers were fired."
  • Big Dig Patronage

    " The Central Artery project in Boston, the nation's most expensive public works project, was used as a dumping ground for politician's friends and relatives, many of whom were virtual no-show employees. The administration hid the patronage system by 'assigning' the politically connected hires to the payrolls of private Big Dig contractors, who then billed the state for the cost of their salaries."
  • The Black Hole

    Boston Magazine discloses how the Big Dig, the largest public works infrastructure project in American history, became rife with political deals, conflicts of interests and questionable accounting practices, leaving an embarrassing mess for all of the key figures, a still uncompleted project and possible indictments for the formerly charmed head of the project July 1994.