Print Version-Statement Regarding the National Transportation Safety Board's Final Report on the Big Dig Ceiling Panel Collapse
Regarding the National Transportation Safety Board's Final Report on the Big Dig Ceiling Panel Collapse
July 10, 2007
"I thank the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for their thorough and
independent analysis of the tragic accident in Boston's Central
Artery/Tunnel (CA/T) that took the life of Milena Del Valle. My thoughts and
prayers are with her family on what must be an extremely difficult day."
"I think it is clear that if regular inspections of the tunnel had occurred,
the long-term issues surrounding the use of "fast-set" epoxy and the problem
of "creep", which resulted in gradual bolt slippage over time, would have
been identified and may have been addressed before the ceiling panel
"In January of 2007 I filed legislation to create a nationwide highway
tunnel inspection program. My legislation simply takes the Nationwide Bridge
Inspection program and adds highway tunnels. Under this proposal, the
Secretary of Transportation will establish minimum inspection requirements
for tunnels, including the maximum amount of time permitted between
inspections and the manner in which inspections will be carried out."
At the beginning of today's NTSB board meeting, investigators stated that
they will include the need to create a nationwide tunnel inspection program
in their recommendations. I will work with my colleagues on the
Transportation Committee to advance this legislation and establish an
While the NTSB's complete report is still forthcoming, you can view a summary and other materials related to the July 10 meeting at the NTSB website.
Contact: Alison M. Mills (617) 621-6208