December 26, 2007
“The Big Dig” is Done
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Officially launched in 1987 with an estimated budget of $2.8 billion, the project’s costs ballooned over the years, reaching a depressing $14.6 billion by the time it was complete. Wikpedia details some of the problems over the years with the project:
The Big Dig has been the most expensive highway project in the U.S. Although the project was estimated at $2.8 billion in 1985 (in 1982 dollars), over $14.6 billion had been spent in federal and state tax dollars as of 2006. The project has incurred criminal arrests, escalating costs, death, leaks, and charges of poor execution and use of substandard materials. The Massachusetts Attorney General is demanding contractors refund taxpayers $108 million for “shoddy work.” 
Just last year, a motorist died when some concrete panels collapsed. Inspections revealed substandard construction – a charge that plagued the project almost from the beginning.
The federal contribution to the project? $8.55 billion. Your tax dollars at work.
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What can one say?
No surprise. No one — politician or bureaucrat — gets any adverse impact. No one pays for it but the taxpayer.
Poor stupid taxpayer!
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