Boston's Big Dig Project Analytical Essay by Nicky

Boston's Big Dig Project
Exploration of Boston's Big Dig Project, one of the most expensive and controversial highway projects in the United States.
# 128438 | 1,285 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 22, 2010 in Engineering (Civil and Environment) , Engineering (Construction)

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This paper focuses on Boston's Big Dig Project, one of the most expensive and controversial highway projects in the United States. The paper explains that this large project rerouted the Central Artery (Interstate 93), the main highway running through Boston, into a 3.5 mile tunnel under the city, and included the construction of the Ted Williams Tunnel, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway in the space vacated by the previous I-93 elevated roadway. The paper notes that the project resulted in commitments of over $7 billion in private investment, including 7700 housing units, 10 million square feet of commercial space and 2600 hotel rooms, supporting 43,000 more jobs in Boston. Finally, the paper refers to the study's conclusion, which indicates that it will take years before the full impact of the project on travelers, access, and the economy is fully measurable, but the results to date are very positive.

From the Paper:

"The economic plan for the project called for improvement of the traffic flow in the Central City, better access to the underutilized South Boston Seaport area, and improved urban design and quality of life in areas that had been cut off or overshadowed by the elevated highway structure.
"The excavation, tunneling, and road and bridge project is as wide as an interstate highway, and was built through unstable landfill, nine railroad tracks, glass and steel office towers, and many fragile, older brick buildings. Above all, it was built without destroying historical buildings or disrupting the city's business."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Big Dig's red ink engulfs state, Boston Globe, July 17, 2008
  • Curtin, Daniel. Witter, Jonathan. (2005). Windfalls, Wipeouts, Givings, and Takings in Dramatic Redevelopment Projects. Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review.
  • Economic Development Research Group for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. (2006). Economic and Transportation Impacts of the Central Artery/Tunnel in Boston. Retrieved from the Internet at:
  • LeBlanc, Steve (December, 2007). On December 31, It's Official: Boston's Big Dig Will Be Done", The Washington Post.
  • Sigmund, Pete. (2007). Triumph, Tragedy Mark Boston's Big Dig Project Triumph, Tragedy Mark Boston's Big Dig Project. Retrieved from the Internet at:,%20Tragedy%20Mark%20Boston%E2%80%99s%20Big%20Dig%20Project.

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