Friday, May 05, 2006

Quality Control to Major Tom

From the Boston Globe: Big Dig probe expanding

The charges raised questions about the project's quality control, a duty the Big Dig split between the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority workers and the project's private sector manager, Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff. The firm staffed a laboratory in South Boston to test the quality of concrete. Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff personnel also periodically made spot checks of the concrete mixing process at the plants, and conducted random tests at the Big Dig work site, according to interviews with project contractors.

Questions about quality control?

Surely, they jest.

Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff declined comment yesterday.

Sullivan and Reilly said the Turnpike Authority should have caught the problems. "Clearly there's an oversight issue here," Sullivan said.

You don't say.

Governor Mitt Romney issued a scathing comment on the indictments. "No one in Massachusetts should be surprised to learn that a project so badly mismanaged, over budget, and grossly delayed is now also facing allegations of criminal misbehavior," he said.

Yeah, I can't say this story is going to make its way into the "Real Shocker" file anytime soon.