Big Dig reimbursement

News Concord Monitor February 11, 2003
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Public officials in Massachusetts are so upset about cost overruns to build the Big Dig that they are starting investigations into the project’s management, according to an Associated Press story.

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said he would hire an independent engineering firm to investigate whether the Big Dig’s manager, Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff, owes the commonwealth money for its inefficiency and waste leading to cost overruns.

William F. Galvin, secretary of state for Massachusetts, said he would investigate Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff’s record keeping for missing documentation of cost overruns.

And Mark C. Montigny, a state senator, said he would hold hearings into whether Bechtel owes the state money and why the state has not pursued the issue before.

Bechtel officials insist that they have done a good job and, in fact, have saved more than $1 billion by shortening the project’s duration.

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