Not a very good model for public works.The Big Dig project in Boston removed the elevated portion of I-93 in Downtown and replaced it with a tunneled section. The project was the most expensive highway project in US history and costs approximately $14.6 billion in total.
The Central Artery project resulted in some newly developable parcels, the Rose Kennedy Greenway which is a nice series of park islands where the elevated highway once stood, and of course, rerouted traffic that churns below. Unfortunately, the parcels are too large and singular, bland, boxy residential developments with little character are being built on them. So while a good portion of space was reclaimed, it hasn't improved the urban fabric as much as everyone had hoped. Toronto can definitely do far better than this. :yes:I'd really like to see the Big Dig in Boston in person. We've been debating burying a major elevated highway for decades, but the more we build right up against it, the more obstacles we've created to accomplish that.
The Big Dig project also involved building the new Ted Williams Tunnel in addition to replacing/burying the Central Artery and despite the price tag, was well worth it since traffic from Logan Airport now has easier access to the rest of Boston instead of relying on the Sumner/Callahan Tunnels.Not a very good model for public works.
While it boosted the Massachusetts economy and no doubt the pockets of many contracters & politicians for a decade, the Big Dig didn't turn out to be a very practical or prudent project.
Lets try to do better next time!
There will be plans, I'm not sure on the exact details, I think the land is all being sold but I also know that one of the HS2 stations is meant to be near there so they maybe waiting until that is built.Are they planning to fill the area left after the elevated road with something? Looks rather empty as it is now.