Slashing cost still hurts "Big Dig"

News September 07, 2001
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Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel project--"The Big Dig"--will appeal a ruling in favor of a contractor that could cost it $17 mil


Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel project--"The Big Dig"--will appeal a ruling in favor of a contractor that could cost it $17 million.


The state of Massachusett's Dispute Resolution Board found in favor of the Perini Corp., which charged design and engineering flaws contributed to a 263-day delay in building a downtown tunnel.


The contractor originally requested $52 million, but the state arbitrator cut the award. Massachusetts Turnpike officials are blaming the contractor for the problems.


The Turnpike Authority canceled a meeting with Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff, the project's private management firm. Some Turnpike board members say Bechtel was partly responsible for The Big Dig's skyrocketing costs, and there was talk of firing the company or asking it to hand over part of its $2 billion fee.


A Turnpike spokesman said Tuesday that a behind-the-scenes talk with Bechtel wasn't necessary because progress had been made.


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