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More bolts loose in Big Dig

July 26, 2006 at 1:08 AM

BOSTON, July 25 (UPI) -- Inspectors say they've found three more loose bolts in Boston's Ted Williams Tunnel.

The Boston Globe said one of the bolts had pulled out of the ceiling by half an inch.

Officials said the Williams tunnel will be closed temporarily in coming weeks so engineers can test the strength of the bolt-and-epoxy ceiling fixtures in the tunnel after similar fasteners gave way in a section of the Interstate 90 Connector earlier this month.

State transportation officials also said the engineering challenges of designing a reinforced support system for the I-90 connector's ceiling will require the vital downtown thoroughfare to remain closed indefinitely, the newspaper reported.

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