The Heartbeat of the Artery

by David L. Druss, (M.ASCE), Chief Geotechnical Engr.; Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff, Boston, MA,
Burton P. Kassap, (F.ASCE), Construction Mgr.; Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff, Boston, MA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1992, Vol. 62, Issue 1, Pg. 44-46

Document Type: Feature article


One of the most ambitious infrastructure megaprojects in recent memory, Boston's $5 billion Central Artery runs the gamut of civil engineering disciplines. Design, highway, construction, transportation and geotechnical engineers, as well as urban planners will have a hand in the project. When completed in 1998, the Central Artery could trigger long-term changes in Boston, such as improved traffic patterns, more riverside parks, reunited neighborhoods, redesigned streets and more development around Logan International Airport. One portion of the CA/T project—which is symbolic of all its challenges—is the construction of a state-of-the-art immersed tube tunnel beneath Boston Harbor, part of the Interstate 90 extension to Logan Airport. Steel tube tunnel fabrication, trench excavation, tube placement, blasting in the harbor and scheduling/construction impacts on harbor traffic all will play a role in the successful completion of the ITT.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Highway and road design | Infrastructure construction | Airports and airfields | Project management | Water transportation | Parks | Residential location | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

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