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The International Concrete Abstracts Portal is an ACI led collaboration with leading technical organizations from within the international concrete industry and offers the most comprehensive collection of published concrete abstracts.
Title: The Big Dig
Author(s): Ben Tymann and Ken Sullivan
Publication: Concrete International
Appears on pages(s): 51-56
Keywords: compliance, liability, tunnel, failure
Abstract:The “Big Dig,” Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel project, took 15 years and $15 billion to complete, and is considered the largest, most complex, technologically challenging highway project in the country’s history, with about 4 million cubic yards of ready mixed concrete placed by suppliers, often around the clock. But the project had a number of high-profile defects, and government investigations resulted in $600 million in penalties and settlements as well as the criminal conviction of 10 people. Contractors and suppliers on public projects are well-advised to heed the valuable lessons learned to avoid potential pitfalls that can devastate companies and ruin careers.
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