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Big Dig

May 10, 2004 - With the old Central Artery now coming down rapidly, one wonders: Do they have to take all of it away? Some of the remaining pieces have a majestic grandeur. Take, for example, the supports from the old Central Artery/93-North connector over what is now the Paul Revere Park in Charlestown (above). Walk around them and you almost feel like you're at an archeological site - a 20th-century Stonehenge, perhaps. And they provide an interesting contrast to the decidedly 21st-century Zakim bridge behind them:

Near North Station, the remaining pieces of the Artery would fit right in at an exhibit of modern sculpture (update: the road remnants over Causeway Street by the station were all torn down by May 14):

Still, the new underground roadway provides some unusual aboveground vistas - for example, the exhaust tower near the financial district:

Until the demolition of the old road is complete, there are plenty of vistas at which you can gaze out and go "Oh my God, there used to be a highway there!" But you better hurry - this is one exhibit that will be closing soon.

With the highway gone, a skyline comes into view:


Comments

I was working at the big dig with
joey Thibult.
tell me if know him!

wes o'dell on May 14, 2004 12:16 PM.


I'm very proud to see such a great enginnering works have been done in Boston. I'm very please if i can get latest info for the works and hope you can send me just a little info how far this work have been done and when it will be finish?

Thanks for read my massage.

MfaridZ

M faridZ on June 3, 2004 10:15 AM.


I have visited Boston a number of times over the years, the last time was around 3 years ago when work was well underway. The changes are huge and welcome. I can't wait to get back to have a look at how things are progressing.

Simon Cook

Simon Cook on July 21, 2004 09:33 AM.


how many millions were stolen in a petty way.
to finish the big dig?

loco cop on January 30, 2005 11:37 AM.


Its always nice to see a elevated freeway go the way of the dinosaurs. Highways are the biggest threat to the future of cities in the United States. All they do is cut a path of destruction through the urban heart and for what, so a bunch over privliaged yuppies from the burbs can get home 10 mins fast. I just hope one day my hometown of Columbus, Ohio does the same thing to 70/71. It would be one less eyesore in Columbus. Keep up the Good work Boston!!!!!!

Chad Knox, Columbus, Ohio on June 1, 2005 09:14 PM.


Hire a photographer who has a wide angle lens.

steven de meer on July 18, 2005 03:48 PM.


How many from 2.2 billion to 14.6 billion, after your beloved Kennedy stated there wouldn't be any overruns. And to top it off, it leaks!!! If I was a Bostonian, I would be ashamed of the Big Dig and all the billions it stole from the rest of the country. Shame, shame shame!

Person who funded the "Big Dig" on August 11, 2005 12:27 PM.


i got over 590 high 5s t the marathon last year

mason on October 5, 2005 12:34 PM.


As for the genius who feels we should be ashamed,do you have any idea how many projects that are necessary have this problem. The military is very skilled at similar waste,but I shame the waste,not the military. Furthermore,most American cities do not have one half the difficulty Boston and New York do because of their age. Besides,cities laid out like a grid may be efficient but horribly boring and ugly. I agree waste is bad,but one-third of the cost was due to lawsuits and legal challenges relating to noise complaints etc. Finally,the Green Monster project of the 50's destroyed huge areas,people were given a few dollars for the house and told to sue the govt. Is this what you want? Wait until they come for your house,and then ask me if I should fund similar projects elsewhere,actually I do. Maybe we could rebuild all our cities,and yes we do need them,with money staying in the US! Make a point,but do so on reason. Thanks

drew on July 28, 2008 01:51 PM.


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