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Facing the Challenges of Urban Construction: Boston's Brownfields

For many years, construction boomed in Boston. Transportation projects such as the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel project, known as the “Big Dig,” and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Silverline Transit Line entailed the construction of thousands of feet of tunnels beneath an active, bustling city. New office buildings, healthcare and academic complexes, apartments and condominiums, hotels and mixed-use buildings were erected throughout the city. Because Boston is a dense, highly-developed urban area, this construction often includes going underground—sometimes very deep—which almost always means managing contaminated soils. And in Massachusetts, it means complying with complex state regulations for the cleanup of contaminated properties. Thomas Barrasso, City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development A view of the Boston East parcel from Boston's Inner Harbor. The parcel is 3.5 acres which will become a condominium development, with a portion remaining for use a marine facility. Visible in this photograph are the remains…Log In to Read Full Article

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