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2010-09-09 10:24:00

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Courtyard by Marriott Boston/Westborough hotel announced plans for a comprehensive property renovation to enhance all public areas and guestrooms designed for travelers with flexible spaces to work, relax and socialize in casual comfort. The first phase of renovations will begin in late fall of 2010 with an expected completion in spring of 2011. Areas of improvement include all guestrooms, bathrooms, corridors, exteriors and landscaping,...

2008-06-24 18:02:42

Modern Continental Corp., the largest contractor in a multi-billion-dollar Boston tunnel project has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, court documents show. he bankruptcy filing was submitted four days after the state filed 49 criminal charges against the company for shoddy workmanship, The Boston Globe reported Tuesday. Many expected and feared Modern would file for bankruptcy, which could allow it to pay pennies on the dollar on fines. The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority has already...

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...

2006-08-29 17:38:15

BOSTON (Reuters) - The family of a woman killed when slabs of cement fell from the ceiling of Boston's "Big Dig" highway tunnel project filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Tuesday against the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and contractors. The husband and eldest daughter of Milena Del Valle, 38, who was killed when a 3-ton portion of tunnel ceiling fell on her car on July 10, blamed "reckless" and "negligent" construction in the suit. They did not specify the amount of damages...

2006-08-16 15:24:43

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took formal control on Wednesday of Boston's scandal-plagued "Big Dig" highway project, naming an engineering firm to conduct a 90-day review of problems in the tunnel where a ceiling collapse last month killed a woman. Romney said that structural engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. of Northbrook, Illinois -- which has worked on disaster recovery projects including the World Trade Center after 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...


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