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How lame is this?!? Today they decided to call the 'backbone' for the big dig the "Liberty Tunnel". So now we can all drive on propoganda-paved highways. Finally.


Romney, Beacon Hill Leaders Agree on Names for New Tunnels

Those days could soon be over. The backbone of the Big Dig is about to get a name: The Liberty Tunnel.

Gov. Mitt Romney, House Speaker Thomas Finneran, D-Boston, and Senate President Robert Travaglini, D-Boston, reached a deal Monday on a name for the long-awaited roadway.

Romney said the name is intended to honor veterans "who have fought so courageously throughout our Commonwealth's history to protect our freedom." He said the war in Iraq is a poignant reminder of that history.

The name is a change for Boston, which typically names bridges, tunnels and buildings after people.

For the new Interstate 90 connector linking the Massachusetts Turnpike to Logan Airport, Statehouse leaders took a more traditional route, paying homage to late U.S. House Speaker Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, who pushed for federal Big Dig funding.

Two other Big Dig milestones already have names.

The third harbor tunnel is named after Red Sox legend Ted Williams while the Big Dig's crowning jewel, the new Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, is named for the late civil rights activist and a key Revolutionary War battle that took place a stone's throw away.

Construction began in 1991 on the $14.6 billion Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel project, better known as the Big Dig.

The naming agreement comes just days before the official ribbon cutting for the northbound lanes. The hoopla initially planned for the Thursday event has been scaled back because of the war in Iraq, Big Dig officials have said.

For the first time, drivers coming from the west and south of the city will be able to enter the new Liberty Tunnel, travel under downtown Boston, and climb onto the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge.

The one-and-a-half mile stretch of highway, which will replace the elevated Central Artery, will have just two exits, one near Government Center and another near North Station.

The southbound lanes of I-93 are set to open next year.

Making a smooth transition from the existing elevated roadway to the new underground highway will require a coordinated traffic ballet lasting seven days, Big Dig officials said.

Traffic through the Sumner Tunnel has already been limited to the left lane to let workers connect the right lane to the new underground highway.

On Wednesday night workers will close exit 26 -- the Storrow Drive exit -- off the existing I-93. Officials are urging people who want to connect from the highway to points along Storrow Drive to use public transportation although an alternative route will be mapped out for drivers.

On Friday, at about 7 p.m., the entire length of I-93 northbound through the city will go to a single lane.

If all goes as planned, all the new roadways, ramps and connections will be up and running by midnight Sunday. (AP)

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Originally posted by nyis4meatheads

That's not even funny. The only thing in this world I cannot find humor in is the failure of the Red Sox.

Thank GOD we're going to win it all this year.

Yup we will win that race to the All-Star break

<-------- Fan till All-Star breake!(the extra e is for Flavanugz)

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