The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Boston:
Big Dig a disaster ... except for construction companies

Jul 24, 2006

On July 10, a woman was killed in Boston when the ceiling of a highway tunnel collapsed on her car. This tunnel is part of the “Big Dig” project, worked on through the 1990s and into this century, supposedly in order to end delays that have plagued Boston commuters for decades.

Before this death, other problems had already shown up in the tunnels. Leaks were discovered months ago. In less than a dozen years, one of the biggest construction projects in the country has turned deadly.

Why? Because the infrastructure of this country has either been ignored and allowed to deteriorate or used as a means to pour money into contractors’ pockets. In both cases, the needs of the population are ignored.

In Boston, the government said it was investing in a vital new transportation infrastructure. They forked over 15 billion dollars (twice the amount it was supposed to cost) to Bechtel, an eighteen-billion-dollar-a year mega-construction company, and its subcontractors. What was built? A series of new tunnels and roads that are already crumbling and perhaps not even usable!

The government has been nothing but a pipeline, pumping the taxes of working people into the pockets of the rich people who drain wealth out of these corporations.