The Big Dig CON101

The Big Dig CON101 - The Big Dig Boston, Massachusetts...

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The Big Dig Boston, Massachusetts I hereby certify that the contents contained within are my original work and have in no way been influenced by outside works other than my own personal research .” 1
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Abstract The city of Boston opened its first main artery through downtown in 1959. This was a marvelous achievement and allowed traffic to flow at a new pace. Fast-forward thirty years and the artery, which was designed to handle 75,000 cars a day, is now seeing an alarming 200,000 cars a day. The new road was devised to replace the above ground six-lane highway with an eight to ten lane highway underground. The massive undertaking has come to be known as “The Big Dig.” 2
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The Big Dig Imagine driving the back roads of Massachusetts making your way into the city of Boston. You are taking a road trip across the country visiting fifteen different baseball stadiums. You are excited to see the Red Sox play their archrival Yankees in a late September game. The time is coming closer and you have only an hour to reach the stadium when around the bend in the road you hit traffic and are halted to a stand still, competing with thousands of other cars to get to your destination. Now imagine if you lived in Boston and had to fight this battle on a daily basis. Location of the Project The Big Dig is located in the heart of Boston Massachusetts. And was designed to relieve the growing stress on the existing above ground highway system. It is a maze- like network of three major tunnels and a large river crossing. Construction began on this major project in early 1991 with the start of the Ted Williams Tunnel (Massachusetts). This was only the beginning as two more tunnels need to be dug along with the construction of the bridge. This project had been in the planning stages as far back as 1983. It was discussed and dismissed several times, but in 1987 before the local government finally decided it was a big problem and Congress finally approved the money that would be needed to fund such a major undertaking. The final design would need to be extremely functional as the public was already on 3 The traffic problem has grown to 190,000 + cars a day and up to 16 hours a day of traffic jams.
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edge due to the growing traffic problems and were not looking forward to more delays due to the construction (Massachusetts). This is why the design was changed several times before finally being approved. Culture and Society The design of the new freeway project would have to be perfect in order to stand up to the demanding standards of the frustrated Boston residents. The design also reflects the need for larger more efficient roadways for the American public who are very dependent on their vehicles and the freedom that they provide. This massive undertaking acknowledges American society for it’s ingenious design work and tenacity to overcome overwhelming odds along with Americas increasing love affair with the automobile. American society in the 20th century and into the
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