A huge hole, a huge amount of money down it

The Big Dig is described as “the biggest engineering project in history.” They broke ground in , with initial estimates saying ten years and 2.5 billion dollars.

Well, it’s 12 years and 15 billion dollars later, and they’re still working on it.

Now that it’s almost done, after all that (a huge chunk of the money coming from the federal government (meaning all of us forked over to pay for it)), you’d think that we would have a prize to be proud of, right?

Obviously you’re not familiar with the way things work in Massachusetts.

Or, more precisely, how things just don’t work in Massachusetts.

There have been leaks, crumblings, and scads of other annoyances. But last night, the Big Dig tasted first blood.

In one of the tunnels, they have a “suspended ceiling” like many homes and offices have. But instead of foam and fluorescent lights, these ceiling tiles are 3-ton slabs of concrete.

Around 11:00 last night, a couple was driving through the tunnel to pick up family members at Logan Airport. One of these slabs broke loose and fell on the car. The husband, driving, was slightly injured, and had to crawl out of a 6″x12″ open space.

His wife was not so lucky. She was killed immediately.

So now the critics are feeling fully vindicated, the hacks are in full CYA mode, and the rest of us are wondering WTF happened to all that money we spent.

And if we can make the responsible parties drive through the tunnels every day. In convertibles. Slowly.

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Kevin adds: Here’s the aftermath picture…

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