Big Dig Settlement

Bechtel/Parsons Brinckeroff, responsible for design and construction of Boston’s Big Dig, agreed recently (WSJ-subscription required) with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to pay $407 million settle the state’s lawsuit over design and construction flaws. Payments from smaller contractors bring the total settlement payments to $458 million. In exchange Bechtel/Parsons escapes possible criminal liability for the death of Milena Del Valle, who was killed in July 2006 when a portion of the tunnel project’s ceiling collapsed on her car. Bechtel/Parsons could also be on the hook for up to $100 million if future problems arise from the project’s flaws that cause more than $50 million in damages.

7 thoughts on “Big Dig Settlement”

  1. Bechtel/Parsons Brinckeroff took the easy way out. Luckily for them, they have that kind of money to throw around. It would have been interesting to see how the court would have handled the negligence and liability, especially for the family of Milena Del Valle.

  2. It is very interesting to see this case come to a settlement and even more so to see who bore the brunt of it. I had a feeling that Betchel/Parsons was going to regret not using the original number of fasteners. Imagine being the guy who’s brilliant budgetary idea it was to cut those extra fasteners to save a couple grand…$407 million

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