Another Settlement in Big Dig Collapse


One of the largest contractors of Boston’s Big Dig has settled in the collapse of the tunnel which killed one in July 2006. Modern Continental agreed to pay $21 million in damages and to not perform any more work on the project. They have also filed for bankruptcy, so the settlement must now be approved in bankruptcy court.

Milena Del Valle was killed as she and her husband were traveling through the tunnel to pick up a family member at the airport. Nearly 26 tons of ceiling panels came down on their car crushing it. Del Valle’s husband was able to escape with minor injuries.

Modern Continental’s settlement ends claims related to their contract with the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. It is also the latest in settlements over the tunnel collapse. Project manager Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff already agreed to a $407 million settlement for the collapse, leaks, and other design flaws.