Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General Agrees to Oversee Full Review of the Big Dig
July 18, 2006
Today, the Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General (DOT IG) has agreed to oversee a full review of the entire Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T). Congressman Mike Capuano, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, requested that the DOT IG take on this role, along with the Massachusetts Congressional delegation. A statement from Congressman Capuano appears below. The text of the letter follows:
"In light of the recent tragic accident that took the life of Milena Del Valle, I have renewed my call for an independent safety review of the entire Central Artery/Tunnel project. Since last week, I have had numerous conversations with both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and with the Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General (DOT IG) regarding the urgency of commencing this comprehensive safety review. The NTSB has agreed to investigate the recent tragic accident and has pledged their considerable technical expertise to the DOT IG for the purposes of a larger, more comprehensive review."
"Today, the DOT IG agreed to oversee a full review of the CA/T. This review will include an assessment of the infrastructure, mechanical and electrical, and integrated operational systems. In addition, the DOT IG will ensure that data collected by other parties during the review is analyzed completely, results are fairly and fully disclosed, and recommendations implemented. Lastly, the DOT IG will assess whether there was oversight of the CA/T at all stages."
"We appreciate the willingness of the DOT IG to take on the critical task of ultimately determining that the CA/T is structurally sound. Massachusetts taxpayers deserve this answer, which is long overdue."
Text of letter:
Contact: Alison M. Mills (617) 621-6208