The BIG DIG, Boston
About eleven years ago our city affectionately called 'Beantown' by some, decided it had to do something about the major traffic problem (one of the worst in the country), causing long commutes and many accidents.
ELEVEN years you might ask?
Yes, repeatedly the date has been extended for when the BIG DIG will be done! as costs, too have have been increased, so that what it will cost in the end is probably quadruple what the estimated in the beginning!!
The Project: Take the highway, which runs through the downtown boston, and move it underground, effectively increasing the number of lanes, and also creating more land on the ground, which could then be turned into parks and open spaces.
However, some say that the eleven years of having roads and ramps changed and blocked every other week (leaving us Bostonians lost in our city) is just not worth it!
Example: just the other day I could have chose two options to get over to the Harvard in Cambridge, and I chose to go through the city and get off at Storrow Drive, but Storrow was blocked off, and I had to drive back through the city to where I came from and then go the other way.
The big dig really has been a nuisance to say the least for Bostonians who drive, and for tourists who rent a car while here....
However, in the next year, many landmark openings of the Big Dig will occur, and the project will,.... they now say.... (which you may take with a grain of salt!) that the BIG DIG will be done in about 26 months....
Being a bostonian,... I'll believe it when i see it!
For interesting facts and pictures about the Big Dig, visit the Big Dig's very own website:
Fondest memory: The picture below is of the 100 million dollar recently opened bridge with the longest name of any bridge around:
the "Leonard P. Zakin Bunker Hill Bridge"
According to Big Dig.Com:
"With its graceful lines and 270-foot towers, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge fuses Boston's future with its historic past. Swiss bridge designer Christian Menn conceived the bridge to reflect, with its inverted Y-shaped towers, the shape of the Bunker Hill Monument in neighboring Charlestown. In addition to the Battle of Bunker Hill, the bridge is also dedicated to the life of civil rights activist Lenny Zakim. It serves as a permanent memorial to a man who bridged many gaps. See about the October '02 bridge dedication.
The bridge, at 1,457 feet long, emerges from the underground Central Artery near the Fleet Center at Causeway Street, crossing the river to make connections with both I-93 and Route 1. "
Favorite thing: This was taken 30.5.05 so can anyone tell me where I took it or anything about it - like when was it put up? My quess is that it was early in the 20th century - possibly as late as the 1920s.