Emergency Bridge Fix Near Everett Casino Costs Taxpayers Millions

Emergency Bridge Fix Near Everett Casino Costs Taxpayers Millions


1. . THERE’S A NEW BRIDGE IN EVERETT THAT NOW NEEDS TO BE COMPLETELY REMADE. THE TEAM DISCOVERED A LAST-MINUTE CHANGE IN THE DESIGN HAS LED TO ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS. CHRISTINA HAGER TAKES A LOOK AT THE DAMAGE TO CARS AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS. Reporter: EVERY MORNING AN AGONIZING COMMUTE FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS. MY RIDE IS Reporter: JIM GEEKAS WORKS AT MIKE’S ROAST BEEF AT THE MOUTH OF THE SAME BRIDGE WHERE HE SPENT YEARS DRIVING THROUGH CONSTRUCTION ONLY TO FACE IT AGAIN. AND IT WILL ALL JUST START ALL OVER AGAIN. I’M LIKE OH, MY GOSH, HELP ME. Reporter: WBZ’S I TEAM HAS LEARNED FEDERAL, STATE, AND CITY TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS SIGNED OFF ON A DESIGN CHANGE THAT EXPERTS CALL A CRUCIAL MISTAKE. DURING A RECENT RENOVATION OF THE ALFORD STREET BRIDGE. NOW THEY’VE GOT TO GO BACK AND BASICALLY REDO IT. FORMER STATE INSPECTOR GENERAL GREG SULLIVAN WORKS WITH THE PIONEER INSTITUTE. THEY MADE A MISTAKE ATTACHING THE ROADWAY ON TOP OF THE BRIDGE AND NOW THEY’VE GOT TO PUT IT ALL BACK ON AGAIN. Reporter: FROM 2010 TO 2014, MassDOT AND BOSTON TEAMED UP TO HAVE THE DRAWBRIDGE REHABBED FOR MORE THAN $56 MILLION. IT CARRIES ROUTE 99 TRAFFIC NEAR THE NEW CASINO. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT REALLY BOTHERS ME ABOUT THIS IS NO ONE HAS FESSED UP TO WHAT HAPPENED. Reporter: WHEN WE PORED OVER INSPECTION RECORDS WITH THE ENGINEER, WE FOUND PROBLEMS DOCUMENTED JUST TWO YEARS AFTER THE WORK WAS FINISHED. DECK RATTLES, SHAKING INDEPENDENTLY, VISIBLE GAPS, BOLTS WERE MISSING. IT WAS AROUND THAT TIME ANTONIO GUCCIONE SAYS PIECES OF METAL POPPED UP AS HE CROSSED THE BRIDGE. I HEAR THE NOISE. Reporter: THESE PROBLEMS MAY BE WITH THE MATERIALS THAT WERE USED. THEY WENT WITH WHAT IS CALLED A RIVETED GRADING SYSTEM, BUT IT CALLED FOR MOST, A MORE HEAVY DUTY SYSTEM, AND THAT IS WHAT THEY’RE NOW REPLACING THAT WITH. WHY DIDN’T THEY DO THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE? MassDOT SAYS IT WAS DETERMINED TO BE THE MOST APPROPRIATE PRODUCT. THIS IS THE EQUIVALENT OF YOU BUILDING A HOUSE AND FINDING OUT THAT YOUR FOUNDATION IS NO GOOD AND NOW YOU’VE GOT TO GO IN AND TEAR EVERYTHING UP. Reporter: THE COAST GUARD CALLS IT AN EMERGENCY REPLACEMENT WHICH ACCORDING TO MassDOT WILL COST $15 MILLION. THEY SHOULD STAND UP AND SAY WE MADE A MISTAKE. WE’RE VERY SORRY. THIS IS OUR FAULT. Reporter: THE STATE’S HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER WOULD NOT TALK WITH US ON CAMERA, BUT MassDOT SAYS THE STATE AND CITY WILL FOOT THE BILL, MEANING YOU, THE TAXPAYER. THEY’RE

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