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Encyclopedia > Big Dig ceiling collapse

At approximately 11:00 p.m. on Monday, July 10, 2006, four sections of ceiling tiles fell to the roadway on eastbound Interstate 90, along a section of connector tunnel that leads to the Ted Williams Tunnel in South Boston. The concrete panel tiles, each weighing around three tons, crushed a car passing underneath, killing the passenger, 38-year-old Costa Rican Milena Del Valle, and slightly injuring the driver, Angel Del Valle. is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 90 Interstate 90 (abbreviated I-90) is the longest interstate highway in the United States at nearly 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers). ... The Ted Williams Tunnel (planned as the Third Harbor Tunnel, the Sumner and Callahan Tunnels being the first two) is the tunnel connecting South Boston with Bostons Logan International Airport. ... South Boston redirects here. ...

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Immediate aftermath and fallout

Calling the area a crime scene, Attorney General Tom Reilly issued subpoenas to those involved in the construction and testing of the tunnels. Governor Mitt Romney returned from a vacation in New Hampshire to view the condition of the tunnels.[1][2] The east ends of the westbound and eastbound connector tunnels were designed and constructed in the same manner. Neither end of tunnel was designed for a hanging ceiling system, in fact, the ends of the connector tunnels had been constructed much earlier than the remaining tunnel sections (which incorporated an embedded ceiling hanger connection in the design) to allow for the construction of the D Street bridge above. The collapse of the ceiling structure began with the simultaneous creep-type failure of several anchors embedded in epoxy in the tunnels roof slab. Each of the panel's intersecting connection points consist of several individual anchorages into the roof slab concrete. The failure of a group of anchors set off a chain reaction which caused other adjacent connection groups to creep then fail, sending 12 tons of concrete to the roadway below. A crime scene is a location where an illegal act took place such as molestation, rape or illegal turnip smoking, and comprises the area from which most of the physical evidence is retrieved by [[forensics|forensic scientists] for example the reknowned criminal investigator and skilled forensic scientist, who is unfortunately... The Massachusetts Attorney General is an executive officer of the Massachusetts Government. ... Thomas F. Reilly (February 14, 1942) is the Massachusetts attorney general. ... Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) was the 70th Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... For other uses, see New Hampshire (disambiguation). ... An anchor bolt is used to attach objects or structures to concrete. ... In chemistry, epoxy or polyepoxide is a thermosetting epoxide polymer that cures (polymerizes and crosslinks) when mixed with a catalyzing agent or hardener. Most common epoxy resins are produced from a reaction between epichlorohydrin and bisphenol-A. The first commercial attempts to prepare resins from epichlorohydrin occurred in 1927 in...

Boston traffic snakes over a closed Ted Williams Tunnel entrance in Boston during rush hour July 11, 2006.

The Governor ordered the closure of connecting roads that lead into the Ted Williams Tunnel and several ramps to the westbound section from within the city. These closures caused dramatic overflow congestion throughout the city as motorists sought alternate routes to and from Logan International Airport and several other key arterials. Beyond the difficulties posed within the city, the Ted Williams Tunnel links the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 93 to Logan, so this also blocked a key inbound link for airport travelers coming from outside the city, forcing them to seek alternate routes or follow poorly marked detours that wind through the city, often resulting in additional travel times of one hour or more. Image File history File linksMetadata IMG0208. ... Image File history File linksMetadata IMG0208. ... is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Logan airport in Billings, Montana, see Billings Logan International Airport. ... View of the Turnpike from an overpass by Boston University, facing east (towards central Boston). ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 93 Interstate 93 (abbreviated I-93) is an interstate highway in the New England section of the United States. ...


The legislature approved the governor's plan to assume oversight of the investigation into the collapse, taking responsibility away from the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, and additionally allocating $20 million for a "stem to stern" safety review of the Central Artery system. At the request of all the members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation, the National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a six-member civil engineering team to Boston to inspect the accident scene and determine whether a full-scale investigation is warranted.


Those safety inspections ultimately identified 242 potentially dangerous bolt fixtures that support the ceiling tiles in the Interstate 90 connector tunnel. [3] As problems throughout the tunnels are identified, various sections of roadway are closing and re-opening as deemed appropriate.[4] The most recent concerns to be aired include ceiling fans, weighing approximately three tons each, to circulate air throughout the tunnel system.[5] Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 90 Interstate 90 (abbreviated I-90) is the longest interstate highway in the United States at nearly 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers). ...


The National Transportation Safety Board released a report on the one year anniversary of the disaster which attributed the major cause of the collapse to "epoxy creep". The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent organization responsible for investigation of accidents involving aviation, highway, marine, pipelines and railroads in the United States. ...


On August 8, 2007, a Suffolk County Grand Jury indicted epoxy company Power Fasteners, Inc., on one charge of involuntary manslaughter, with the maximum penalty in Massachusetts being a fine of one thousand dollars.[6] is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Suffolk County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Murder is both a legal and a moral term, that are not always coincident. ...


Political fallout

On July 13, 2006, the leaders of the state legislature, Senate President Robert Travaglini and House Speaker Sal Dimasi called upon Turnpike Authority chairman Matthew J. Amorello, who provides oversight of the project, to consider stepping down from his position and accepting a diminished role.[7] Governor Romney and Attorney General Reilly both called for the resignation of Amorello. This stance was supported in editorials in Boston's two major newspapers, the Boston Herald[8] and the Boston Globe.[9] On July 18, Amorello was presented with a formal list of charges that Romney intended to use to justify Amorello's removal.[10] is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Massachusetts General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... The Massachusetts Senate is the upper house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... Robert Travaglini is the current Democrat Massachusetts State Senate president and possible gubernatorial candidate. ... The Massachusetts House of Representatives is the lower house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... View of the Turnpike from an overpass by Boston University, facing east (towards central Boston). ... Matthew J. Amorello (March 15, 1958–), is a former chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority who presided over the Big Dig from 2002-2006. ... The Boston Herald is a tabloid format newspaper, though not a tabloid in the traditional sense, and is the smaller of the two big dailies in Boston, Massachusetts (the other being The Boston Globe). ... The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Amorello made an unsuccessful effort to ask the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to postpone the removal hearing before Romney.[11] On July 27, 2006, after the Supreme Judicial Court rejected his request and shortly before the hearing was to have begun, Armorello announced his intention to resign as Chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority effective August 15, 2006. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) is the highest court in the United States Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... This article is about the day of the year. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Romney and Reilly have garnered criticism from the media for accepting campaign contributions from Big Dig contractors and for not taking more action prior to the fatal accident. Modern Continental was the contractor that built this section following a design by Gannett Fleming Inc.[12] Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) was the 70th Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... For other projects of the same name, see Big Dig. ... Modern Continental is a group of companies based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Gannett Fleming, Inc. ...


Cause

Numerous problems with this same system of bolts and epoxy in the Ted Williams Tunnel were revealed in a 1998 (Massachusetts) Office of the Inspector General report. Not only were the bolts too short, but the epoxy used to glue the bolts into the concrete was not up to standard.[13] The state Turnpike Authority (citing the existence of an ongoing criminal investigation into the tunnel ceiling collapse) and the Federal Highway Administration have refused requests[citation needed] to release documents relating to the work conducted along the Seaport connector, including: View of the Turnpike from an overpass by Boston University, facing east (towards central Boston). ... The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a division of the United States Department of Transportation that specializes in highway transportation. ...

  • Deficiency reports that would have shown problems flagged during initial work on the tunnel.
  • Construction change orders that would have shown costly repairs and contract revisions that occurred because of deficiencies.
  • Inspection reports and other documents that would show who would have knowledge of the workmanship and building material quality.

Likewise, just one year earlier, U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch had trouble obtaining records regarding the Big Dig tunnel leaks for the Congress' Committee on Government Oversight. [14]


Lawsuits

On August 30, 2006, Angel Del Valle filed a lawsuit on the behalf of his deceased wife against the Mass. Turnpike Authority and the contractors of the Big Dig. The lawsuit states that the MTA and Contractors put profit ahead of safety in the construction of the Big Dig tunnels. They plan to use any money won from the lawsuit to build homes for Milena Del Valle's family in Costa Rica, an ice cream shop and as donations to the poor. is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On November 27, 2006, departing Attorney General Tom Reilly announced the state will launch a civil suit over the collapse of the ceiling in the Ted Williams Tunnel. The Commonwealth will be seeking over $150 million dollars from project manager Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff, builder Modern Continental Construction Co. and the manufacturer of the epoxy used to hold the ceiling bolts.[15] is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Attorney General Martha Coakley on March 1, 2007 named Paul Ware from Goodwin Procter, a Boston law firm to lead the criminal investigation into whether there is criminal culpability in the Big Dig tunnel collapse. Paul Ware will be appointed as a special assistant attorney general. [16] is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On December 24, 2007, the Del Valle family announced they had reached a settlement with Power Fasteners, in which they would be paid $6 million.[17] The Del Valle family stated, "We are grateful that the Powers family company has done the right thing." Powers denied responsibility, but said that the settlement would "allow the healing process to begin." Powers also stated "We also hope that this will lead others who, unlike Powers, truly were responsible for the accident, to do the same." The Del Valle family still has 14 lawsuits pending against other defendants.[18] is the 358th day of the year (359th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


See also

The Ted Williams Tunnel (planned as the Third Harbor Tunnel, the Sumner and Callahan Tunnels being the first two) is the tunnel connecting South Boston with Bostons Logan International Airport. ...

References

  1. ^ Lindsay, Jay. "Reilly: Big Dig collapse is crime scene", boston.com, 2006-07-11. Retrieved on 2006-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Mitt’s MIA as bigs dig into tunnel tragedy"[1], "The Boston Herald"
  3. ^ Mishra, Raja; Sean P. Murphy. "Many more flaws detected; Romney to take over probe; Loose ceiling fixtures number in hundreds", The Boston Globe, 2006-07-14. Retrieved on 2006-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Romney Shuts Down Part Of Ted Williams Tunnel", WBZ-TV CBS 4, 2006-07-20. Retrieved on 2006-07-20. 
  5. ^ Mishra, Raja. "Stability of ramps' massive fans in question", Boston Globe, 2006-07-26. Retrieved on 2006-07-26. 
  6. ^ Ross, Casey. "Epoxy company hit with Big Dig indictment", Boston Herald, 2007-08-08. Retrieved on 2007-08-08. 
  7. ^ Helman, Scott; Andrea Estes and Andrew Ryan. "Legislative leaders tell Amorello to take lesser role", The Boston Globe, 2006-07-13. Retrieved on 2006-07-18. 
  8. ^ Boston Herald editorial staff. "Tunnel tragedy was no accident", Boston Herald, 2006-07-12. Retrieved on 2006-07-18. 
  9. ^ Boston Globe editorial staff. "Time to go", Boston Globe, 2006-07-12. Retrieved on 2006-07-20. 
  10. ^ Boston Globe. "'In violation of your duty:' Excerpts from Governor Mitt Romney's July 17 letter to Matthew J. Amorello, chairman of the Turnpike Authority", Boston Globe, 2006-07-25, p. B5. Retrieved on 2006-07-25. 
  11. ^ Estes, Andrea. "Amorello failed at Big Dig, letter says", Boston Globe, 2006-07-25, p. B1+. Retrieved on 2006-07-25. 
  12. ^ Ross, Casey. "Dig company pulls kudos from Web site", The Boston Herald, 2006-07-19. Retrieved on 2006-07-19. 
  13. ^ Murphy, Sean P.; Scott Allen. "Workmanship and design of tunnel are called into question", The Boston Globe, 2006-07-12. Retrieved on 2006-07-18. 
  14. ^ Wedge, Dave; Casey Ross. "From Big Dig officials: Info under wraps", The Boston Herald, 2006-07-13. Retrieved on 2006-07-18. 
  15. ^ Mass. to sue Big Dig firms over tunnel accident, Reuters, 2006-11-27
  16. ^ "Coakley tabs private attorney to lead Big Dig criminal probe", Associated Press, Thursday, March 1, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-08-21. "The man chosen to lead the criminal investigation into last summer's deadly Big Dig tunnel ceiling collapse was a prosecutor in the Iran-Contra affair and more recently in the disciplinary hearing against former Superior Court Judge Maria Lopez." 
  17. ^ Cramer, Maria. "Family of Big Dig victim speak about Lawsuit", The Boston Globe, 2006-08-30. Retrieved on 2006-08-30. 
  18. ^ "Settlement reached in Big Dig death", Boston Globe, 2007-12-24. Retrieved on 2007-12-25. 
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