Black Hole of Boston

| December 13, 2002

Boston's Big Dig, a construction endeavor that will eventually create a highway underneath the city's central artery to ease traffic congestion, is being called 'one of the worst cases of government mismanagement in recent history' by citizens, media, and the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee alike. Originally proposed with a price tag of $2.56 billion, the Dig's current projected cost is $14.6 billion ? 500 percent higher than intended, twice the cost of building the Panama Canal and just under the price of constructing the 32-mile Chunnel under the English Channel. Though it has reduced traffic problems as intended, Insight Magazine muses that Boston may become a national laughingstock - except for the fact that federal money is being used.
--Erica Sagrans

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