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    :: Wednesday, August 10, 2005 ::

    Highway Robbery - by Phil Primack, Boston Magazine
    Less than two-thirds of all Big Dig spending, or about $9.6 billion, is going to actual construction, to the wages of thousands in the building trades and other workers, and to the machinery and concrete, steel, wire, culvert, and other materials they used. The next biggest component of the cost has been project management, weighing in at $2.15 billion, of which $1.92 billion has gone to Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff, the behemoth that manages the project for the state, and its subconsultants. That's about one dollar in every seven, or 15 percent, of the money budgeted for the Big Dig -- 'not that far out of whack for a project of this scope or size,' contends Matthew Amorello, chairman of the turnpike authority. This despite the fact that management costs for other multibillion-dollar public construction jobs have been less, sometimes much less.
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