This story will probably only be of interest to Bay Staters.
When I was returning from visiting Palo Alto about 5 years ago, I was on a shuttle to the airport and the cabbie was telling me all about the renovations that were happening to SFO (San Francisco International Airport). He tried to tell me that the extensive changes to SFO were the biggest construction project in the country at the time.
I stopped him.
“Ah, I’m pretty sure that’s not right.”
“No, it’s definitely the biggest project going.”
“Maybe the biggest in California. The ‘Big Dig’ in Boston is the biggest construction project going on right now.”
“What’s the ‘Big Dig?’”
“It’s the central artery/tunnel project. They’re burying a six lane highway under Boston. It’s costing billions of dollars. I think it is the largest civil construction project in the history of this country.”
He glanced back at me incredulously.
“Well, it’s just a highway. It’s not as big as an airport.”