We believe the tunnels are perfectly safe
Extracted from CNN.COM, this caught my eye. I lived in that area for many years and have friends who go through this tunnel every day.
BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- The independent engineering specialist who led an investigation into leaks at the $14.6 billion Big Dig project says he can no longer vouch for the safety of its tunnels.
The project ... buried Interstate 93 underneath downtown Boston.
Lemley told lawmakers in November that there was no public safety risk to people driving through the tunnels.
In the latest letter, he said new information has surfaced that more than 40 large sections of tunnel wall contain construction defects and that fireproofing material has been damaged by leaks.
He also wrote that project officials have blocked him from obtaining records and data related to the new problems.
Lemley added that his change in position also was driven by the apparent lack of any formal plan by Big Dig officials to address the leak problems.
"We believe the tunnels are perfectly safe," spokesman Doug Hanchett said. "If we ever had a reasonable inkling otherwise, we'd close the tunnels. Public safety is always our number one concern."
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