Fear and Loathing in the Big Dig (7 Responses)

Hi Will — I will be honest with you, the front page Globe article on the lights in the new central artery/harbor tunnels scared the bejezus out of me. Not so much because of the thousand-pounds of lights hanging precariously over my head every time I go to the airport, but moreso the final comment of the engineers who, basically, “don’t write anything down because it will be used as fodder in a lawsuit”. This type of culture and attitude can only end in disaster.

I know the dig is plagued, but the story told by the Globe certainly does not inspire confidence in the current administration’s ability to tackle severe, institutional issues within the organization. I’d be curious of your take on it — and I’d be curious as to what the “chain of command” actually is for the organization — is the leadership elected? appointed? if so by whom?

Basically, who is responsible and who is empowered to clean up that mess?


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