State To Pour $39M Into Boston Tunnel Network System

Banker & Tradesman | By State House News Service
May 12, 2017

With funds earmarked for leak sealing and fire suppression efforts, the state plans to spend $39.4 million in the coming fiscal year on the regional tunnel network left behind after the Big Dig, the unprecedented highway construction project that ran from 1991 until 2006.

The spending projection was included in a $2.2 billion capital spending plan for fiscal 2018, which begins July 1. Gov. Charlie Baker released the plan Thursday, saying it will leverage other public and private funds and lead to total investments exceeding $4 billion.

The capital plan includes limited information about the purpose of the tunnel spending, saying it’s for “reconstruction and maintenance the regional tunnel network with state and federal funds along with public-private partnerships.”

A Baker administration official provided additional information at the News Service’s request.

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