SEATTLE -- Now more than two years behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget, Seattle’s stalled tunnel project has some comparing it to one of the worst transportation boondoggles in American history – Boston’s infamous “Big Dig.”
Officially called the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, the “Big Dig” was a series of tunnels and bridges built in downtown Boston starting in 1982. The project took around 24 years to complete, coming in roughly eight years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget.
Anthony Flint, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and author of the recent Boston Globestory asking, “Was the Big Dig worth it?” joined Q13 News This Morning to discuss whether Seattle should pull the plug on its troubled tunnel.
While Flint said many Bostonians would have advised Seattle against attempting a tunnel in the first place, he concluded that the project is too far along for the state to reverse course.