BECHTEL/PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF STATEMENT ON POSSIBLE LAWSUIT RELATED TO BOSTON CENTRAL ARTERY/TUNNEL

11 December 2003

BECHTEL/PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF STATEMENT ON POSSIBLE LAWSUIT RELATED TO BOSTON CENTRAL ARTERY/TUNNEL


This issue has received intense scrutiny and has been reviewed by several State and Federal oversight agencies.  Indeed, the Inspector General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued a report in March 2001 stating:

 “In 1994 Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff  (B/PB) provided the Governor and state officials with a Big Dig cost estimate of almost $14 billion, a figure uncannily close to the current $l4.l billion estimate.  B/PB’s $14 billion estimate in 1994 starkly contradicted the $8 billion estimate (more exactly $7.998 billion) offered publicly by Big Dig officials at that time...These [state] officials made the management, policy and fiduciary decisions that led the Big Dig to its current financial situation[emphasis added].
Any attempt to shift to B/PB the responsibility for accumulated decisions by successive administrations and their officials concerning one of the most challenging engineering projects in history is untenable. 
We are confident that our accomplishments will stand up to any fair-minded review or legal challenge.

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