Light shines on underpass makeover

A new tem­po­rary light instal­la­tion designed by School of Archi­tec­ture fac­ulty is part of a state trans­porta­tion project to trans­form a for­gotten piece of land under I-​​93 into a multi-​​modal link between two Boston communities.

3Qs: For Big Dig, light at the end of the tunnel?

Boston’s Big Dig — the most costly highway project in United States his­tory — has been plagued with prob­lems since ground was broken in 1991. Last week, inspec­tors dis­cov­ered a sink­hole beneath the sur­face of the I-​​90 con­nector tunnel, pos­sibly caused by a ground-​​freezing process used during con­struc­tion. We asked Thomas Sheahan, a pro­fessor of civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, to explain why the ground-​​freezing process was used and whether it caused the sink­hole to form.