The True Cost of Government Roads

July 27, 2006

A $14.6 billion, 20-year public-sector roadway project in Boston remains closed after faulty, though inspected, construction resulted in the death of Milena Del Valle two weeks ago. She was killed on July 10 when a section of tunnel roof collapsed on her automobile. Apparently, one inspector had done his job and reported the flawed construction seven years ago, but in typical bureaucratic fashion, the government agencies responsible for the project had suppressed the memo and allowed the faulty construction to continue. Cautious Bostonians would undoubtedly be taking privately owned roadways as an alternative, if they existed or were even legal.

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