The Big Dig

Threat

The Central Artery: dirty, ugly, noisy, congested. The main highway through Boston, besides creating new problems, made all the problems it was supposed to fix worse. Then someone came up with the genius idea of replacing it with a massive underground tunnel, and it would only cost $3 billion.

Fourteen years and $14.6 billion later, the project was mostly finished, even if corrupt contractors and shoddy workmanship would drive up maintenance costs for years to come. Traffic conditions in central Boston improved significantly, and Bostonians suddenly had acres of new park land to visit during their walks to the North End. They may not like the cost, but they love the benefits.

What they don’t know is the costs may be more than monetary. Much more. They think the puritans began adding landfill to Boston Harbor and Back Bay to expand Boston’s original tiny footprint or to eliminate the miasma from miles of tidal mud flats. In fact, those God-fearing people buried more than just mud. They buried something dangerous, and the Big Dig cuts right through those early landfills. Besides paying contractors, there could also be Hell to pay.

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Aspect

Labyrinth of shadows and mortality

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The Big Dig

The Dresden Files: Boston Tyvent