Friday, August 04, 2006

The Big Dig: Dollars Down the Drain

Stephen Moore at Opinion Journal on the massive amounts of waste that were part of Boston's failed "Big Dig" underground tunnel project. The Big Dig, originally budgeted at $2.5 billion, had actually cost $14.7 billion as of earlier this year, and yet it's falling apart and leaking.

It's fascinating and maddening -- two-thirds of the Big Dig was paid for with federal tax dollars, so the hard-earned money of Americans across the country has been lost to fraud and (possibly criminal) mismanagement.

One of the more mind-boggling details is the $23 million spent on bridges across the Charles River -- which were later demolished!

(Hat tip: Betsy's Page.)


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