Big Dig: Reshaping an American Cityby Peter Vanderwarker
In Boston Harbor, a barge maneuvers a huge floating section of steel tunnel into place, then sets it gently on the harbor floor. In downtown Boston, one hundred and twenty feet underground, construction workers build an underground expressway. High above the Charles River, workers place ten lanes of roadway on what will be the widest cable-stayed bridge in the world. Boston will never look the same. What is going on?
Since 1991, Boston has been the scene of the largest public construction project in United States history. The Central Artery/ Tunnel Project -- the "Big Dig" -- is the solution to problems that for decades have caused major headaches for people driving in and out of this major American city. Since the project began, engineers, architects, and construction workers have been laboring to fix these problems and make Boston a better, cleaner place. In the process, they are changing forever the face of the city.
In The Big Dig: Reshaping an American City, photographer Peter Vanderwarker takes us behind the scenes of this complex, awe-inspiring project. We discover how traffic in Boston got to be so bad in the first place, and how poor planning led to an elevated highway that divided the city and made traffic worse.
The author then brings us to the current construction sites, where we learn about the amazing technology that allows this project to take place as it corrects the mistakes of the past without unduly disturbing a crowded urban area. Have you ever heard of tunnel jacking? Slurry walls? Immersed tunnel tubes? The lively, informative text accompanied by remarkable photographs, illustrations, and maps explains these concepts and also introduces some of the people who have worked on the project. Readers of all ages will be fascinated by this tour of one of the largest and most complex construction projects of our time.
- Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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- 1 ED
- Product dimensions:
- 9.68(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.36(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 Years
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