State probes crashing light fixtures of doom in O'Neill Tunnel

After one of the 110-lb. fixtures plunged to the roadway last month, the Herald reports.

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Don't you just love it when

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Don't you just love it when tunnels named after pols start falling apart? So appropriate. Between O'Neill and Moakley, they'll be killing people for generations. I am puzzled that there's no Kennedy Bridge.

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Hey now...

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Who are you anon, Lucy Van Pelt? Tee'ing up that football...no way I'm kicking that one.

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The "snap clip" attachments used

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to connect the frame of the light fixture to the frame mounted into the tunnel roof sounds like another example of "innovative design" gone bad.

Sort of like using epoxy to anchor bolts that are under constant tension to a tunnel ceiling. And, unfortunately, we all saw how well that concept worked.

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Concept was fine

They just bought the wrong stuff, used it anyway, and blamed the vendor because the vendor/manufacturer didn't contribute to Martha's campaign funds.

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As a T rider

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I'm sure glad that, even though we won't be able to afford any MBTA service upgrades until the year 3400, the money went to a good cause and bought a quality product.

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Absolutely deplorable

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After the supposed "stem-to-stern" inspection of the tunnel system after the tragic and inexcusable ceiling-tile incident, you'd think something like this would've been caught. They should all be drawn and quartered.

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That inspection was years ago

It's possible that the prior inspection (when Romney was still office, if that's what you're referring to) didn't yield any signs of the so-called corrosion.

My question is, was that the last time they did a complete inspection? Because to not do complete inspections of our shittily built tunnel at least annually is what's really deplorable to me.

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Annually

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In yesterday's press conference it was mentioned that the lights are looked at every year, but it didn't occur to anyone to reach up and wiggle them to see if something came loose. Sounds like there is a new wiggle protocal being put in place.

Given the shoddy workmanship so far in evidence, they should be wiggling, poking and prodding. An x-raying. And testing concrete. And...

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Well there goes my theory

But if they wiggle and tug TOO much the whole damn thing will collapse. The entire project has made me sick from day one, and it's the gift that keeps on giving.

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