Brewtown Politico

Carrying a little stick and speaking loudly in Milwaukee


Big Dig = Money Pit

In recent history, especially under former Gov. Tommy Thompson, Wisconsin had quite the bloated highway budget. Some highways were expanded unnecessarily and small towns had bypasses built around them around the state.

We haven't come close to Massachussetts though where the $14.7 billion dollar big dig project continues to be an extremely expensive headache. Today, Republican governor Mitt Romney announced that 1100 bolts used to hold the tunnel together are unreliable and will need to be replaced.

Planning for the project got underway in the 1970s, but didn't receive federal funding until 1991. It was designed to replace an overtaxed surface highway that ran through downtown Boston.


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