The Central Artery Project — Construction Techniques

by Francis R. Sholock, Asst. Chf. Engr.; Massachusetts Dept. of Public Works, Boston, Mass.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 2, Pg. 205-215

Document Type: Journal Paper


Traffic demand is nearly double the design capacity on the Central Artery in Boston, Mass. The Artery is the most important highway link in the metropolitan area, being located in the city's central business district. Efforts to improve the roadway have led to consideration of full-scale reconstruction of the facility. This new facility would be a tunnel located within the same highway corridor. The paper outlines three construction procedures that appear feasible whereby the tunnel(s) can be constructed while the existing elevated highway remains in service.

Subject Headings: Highways and roads | Construction methods | Traffic capacity | Infrastructure construction | Highway and road design | Business districts | Tunnels | Professional societies | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

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