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2006-10-24 18:02:00

By CASEY ROSS After repeatedly bashing safety oversight by the Big Dig's top management consultant, the Romney administration quietly tapped the controversial firm to inspect repairs of the Interstate 90 ceiling system that collapsed and killed a woman in July, the Herald has learned. A spokesman for Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff said the firm has been conducting daily field inspections of remedial work inside the I-90 Seaport connector tunnel - essentially the same role it played before...

2006-08-08 17:34:43

BOSTON (Reuters) - A busy stretch of Boston's "Big Dig" highway tunnel system where a woman died when a concrete ceiling panel crushed her car four weeks ago will reopen at midnight on Tuesday, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said. The part being reopened is the ramp that connects Boston to its airport through the Ted Williams Tunnel, Romney said. "It will be a clear way to get to the airport from the south," Romney told a news conference. Other sections of the 7.8-mile tunnel system,...

2006-08-04 14:13:52

BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government will review repairs made to a busy stretch of Massachusetts' "Big Dig" highway system after a fatal accident to determine when the tunnel can be reopened to all traffic, the state's governor said on Friday. Gov. Mitt Romney said state work crews have anchored huge ceiling ventilation fans and lashed cables around them after engineers discovered they might tear away. Similarly, the bolt and epoxy fasteners used to secure ceiling panels like the...

2006-07-27 14:42:21

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The director of Boston's "Big Dig" highway tunnel program agreed on Thursday to resign, two weeks after a tunnel ceiling collapsed and killed a motorist. Matthew Amorello stepped down as chairman and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, hours before a hearing called by the state's governor to oust him was set to begin. Amorello came under fire after a 3-ton portion of the tunnel ceiling collapsed on July 10, killing a...

2006-07-27 09:38:49

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The director of Boston's "Big Dig" tunnel program agreed on Thursday to resign, two weeks after a tunnel ceiling collapsed and killed a motorist. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced the resignation of Matthew Amorello, chairman of the state's Turnpike Authority, who came under heavy criticism after a three-ton ceiling panel tore loose on July 10, killing a woman and forcing the closure of the 7.8-mile tunnel system. "This is good news for the...

2006-07-27 07:56:59

BOSTON (Reuters) - The embattled director of Boston's "Big Dig" tunnel program said on Thursday he was resigning his post, effective August 15, a spokesman for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said. Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Chairman Matthew Amorello has been under heavy criticism since a three-ton slab of tunnel ceiling tore loose on July 10, killing a 38-year-old woman and forcing the closure of the 7.8-mile tunnel system. Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney's spokesman, told reporters...

2006-07-21 08:29:23

BOSTON (Reuters) - A busy section of the "Big Dig" highway system was reopened to buses on Friday, one day after Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney closed the tunnel to all traffic as safety concerns mounted because of a deadly accident. The eastbound lanes of the Ted Williams Tunnel reopened for buses only to travel to the city's Logan International Airport after workers reinforced ceiling panels overnight, said John Carlisle, a spokesman for the state's Department of Transportation....

2006-07-20 13:55:53

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shut down a busy tunnel in Boston's "Big Dig" highway system on Thursday, deepening concern over the project's safety after a fatal ceiling collapse in a separate tunnel last week. Romney closed the eastbound lanes of the Ted Williams tunnel, which had been open only to buses and emergency vehicles after a ceiling collapse last week that crushed a car and killed a motorist. "We need to close this section of tunnel...

2006-07-20 13:26:22

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shut down a busy tunnel in Boston's "Big Dig" highway system on Thursday, deepening concern over the project's safety after a fatal ceiling collapse in a separate tunnel last week. Romney closed the eastbound lanes of the Ted Williams tunnel, which had been open only to buses and emergency vehicles after a ceiling collapse last week that crushed a car and killed a motorist. "We need to close this section of tunnel...

2006-07-14 17:29:36

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - From loose bolts to gaps between ceiling plates, the number of potentially dangerous flaws in Boston's $15 billion "Big Dig" highway project keep rising, reaching 362 on Friday, after a fatal tunnel collapse. With public confidence deeply shaken in America's most expensive public works project, Massachusetts' governor took over inspections of the "Big Dig" and U.S. transportation officials expanded their investigation into the collapse. "There are a...