Was the Big Dig Worth It? Analytical Essay by Nicky

Was the Big Dig Worth It?
An analysis of the costs vs. benefits of the Big Dig project in Boston, Massachusetts.
# 144850 | 2,715 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper considers the challenges that existed in improving the Central Artery in Boston to alleviate the traffic problem and then discusses the high costs associated with the Big Dig project. The paper explains that these were due to unanticipated expenditures, engineering problems, inferior construction, fraud and lawsuits, and they eventually caused the wave of public distrust regarding the final product. The paper then considers the benefits of the Big Dig that involve less pollution, creating more green spaces, less driving time on the road, business improvements and revenues in property taxes. The paper reaches the conclusion that while there were many blunders associated with this project, the Big Dig allows Boston to move into a new future.

The Challenges
The Costs
Was It Worth It?

From the Paper:

"Boston traffic was once considered to be one of the worst cities in which to drive due to intense traffic problems. They Central Artery opened in 1959, designed to carry approximately 75,000 cars per day. As time went on, the highway had to support nearly 200,000 cars per day (Massachusetts Turnpike Authority). This created a sticky jam for Boston motorists as traffic crawled along the highway for more than ten hours every day. Traffic accidents climbed to more than four times the national average, as the congestion spilled into the tunnels and other streets (Massachusetts Turnpike Authority). Boston became known for its traffic problems, not the opportunities that it had to offer."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cohen, S. Editorial: Worst Practices from Boston's Big Dig Officials. August 1, 2006. Compliance Week. https://www.complianceweek.com/article/2714/editorial-worst- practices-from-boston-s-big-dig-officials Accessed November 28, 2008.
  • Economic Development Research Group. Economic Impacts of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel project. February 2006. http://www.masspike.com/pdf/reports/MTA-Economic-ExcSmry.pdf Accessed November 28, 2008.
  • Gelinas, N. Lessons of Bostons' Big Dig. City Journal. Autumn 2007. http://www.city- journal.org/html/17_4_big_dig.html Accessed November 28, 2008.
  • Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. Project Background. Big Dig. http://www.masspike.com/bigdig/background/index.html Accessed November 28, 2008

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