Really fucking horrible, and a tragedy… that poor woman and her husband. They were newlyweds heading to Logan to pick up relatives visiting town.
As clueless as Romney generally appears, he’s on the right track with this one. The turnpike authority guy seems to be a problem, though it looks like the re-bored concrete panels were approved a long time ago, before he was on the job. Fox 25 went through the chronology of Weld, Celucci, and Swift (certainly one of the most incompetent public servants in recent memory) - the imcumbent turnpike authority head is one of Swift’s cronies. Which makes me immediately question his competence.
I actually went to South Station and walked the tunnel when they first opened it. It’s pretty underwhelming, there’s tons of traffic on 93 at all times - it doesn’t seem less congested than the Fitzgerald Expressway. Not to mention the pools of water I always see at the Storrow Drive exit. Oh, and there’s the day I came through the tunnel going south, only to hear two hours later a water main busted and flooded the section I’d driven through. I would have mentioned that the Mass Pike extension is the crown jewel of the whole project, which can get me to the airport in 12 minutes from Watertown with no traffic - but, you know, that’s before the ceiling fell and killed someone. :mad:
I am really curious how this will play out, with Romney making moves to run for president. The turnpike authority guy is going to have a public hearing where he’s going to have to answer questions about his performance on the job. I definitely think this guy is shady but he might become the scapegoat for this epic example of mismanagement and cronyism. That’s too easy. My understanding is that the oversight on this project was all internal - no external agencies inspected the work.
Things are going to get ugly around here, really quick. I’m just sick about the poor woman and her family. That could be any of us - hell, I was on an airport run to pick up a buddy a week and a half ago.