Canadian Consulting Engineer

Engineering companies threatened with lawsuit for Boston Big Dig

According to reports in the Portsmouth Herald Mass News and Boston Globe, the two engineering giants responsible fo...

December 18, 2003   Canadian Consulting Engineer

According to reports in the Portsmouth Herald Mass News and Boston Globe, the two engineering giants responsible for managing the Big Dig highway project in Boston are likely to be sued for $150 million for failing to keep control of the project costs.
Bechtel Corp. and Parsons Brinckerhoff have overseen construction on the massive tunnel project since the mid-1980s. The ambitious scheme was original approved at a cost of $2.6 billion, but it has ballooned to $14.6 billion, including $2 billion in cost overruns. Now the Massachussetts Turnpike Authority plans to file a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the engineering companies, charging that they “failed to disclose the true price.”


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