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Covering the Traces
Boston’s Big Dig was essentially a Big Fix.  Officially known as the Central Artery Tunnel Project, it served to repair damage done to the heart of the city by the Interstate Highway program during the 1950s and ’60s. In Boston’s case, the federal government had stepped in and inserted a primary traffic artery through what had been a downtrodden area near the waterfront.  Its intentions may have been good, but I-93 ran north to south and separated the city’s historic downtown area from its storied waterfront – a disastrous decision that did little more than create decades’ worth of traffic nightmares.   Ultimately, it also required remediation on a scale seldom seen in the course of human history.  Planning for the project began in 1982, initiating what would become