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There is enough Steel used on the BigDig to build a Railway Track
that will take you from Dublin City Centre all the way around the
The BigDig construction is moving 16 Million cubic yards of earth.
BigDig will be laying 5000 miles of new optic cable and about 29
miles of Gas/Electric/sewer/water pipes
Big Dig is moving 620 thousand Truckloads of earth (dirt) or 16
Million cubic yards
The trucks if placed end to end would stretch from Chicago to Limerick
City. That amounts to enough dirt to fill the RDS from top to bottom
all the way 16 times.
The Big Dig is building segments of highway that are called Boxed
Tunnels and they need to float them. They weigh 50 thousand tons.
It displaces more water than the SS Titanic.
In 1983 the projected cost of the BigDig was $2.6 Billion. Today the
cost is set to run to an estimated $14.8billion.
Boston's new Cable Stayed Bridge has 1 Million feet of Cable Strand.
There are 7 wires in each Cable Strand which works out at 7 Million
feet of wire. You could wrap this wire around Ireland 17 Times
BigDig Workers are represented by the following unions:
Association of Heat & Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers
Insulators, Local 6
Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers
Boilermakers, Local 29
Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman
Local 3, B.A.C.
Local 18, Tile & Marble Helpers
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
Local Unions 33, 40, 56, 67, 218, 1121, 2168
Union of Elevator Constructors
Local 4, Elevator Constructors
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Local 103, IBEW
International Union of North America
Council of Labourers
Labourers, Local 22
Labourers, Local 223
Tunnel Workers, Local 88
Wreckers, Local 1421
Union of Operating Engineers
IUOE, Region #1
IUOE, Local 4
Plasterers and Cement Masons' International Association of The United
States and Canada
Plasterers, Local 10
Cement Masons, Local 534
International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron
Ironworkers, Local 7
International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades
Painters' District Council 35
Glaziers, Local 1044
Union of Roofers, Water-proffers and Allied Workers
Roofers Union, Local 33
Metal Workers International Association
Sheet Metal Workers, Local 17
Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe
Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada
Plumbers and Gasfitters, Local 12
Pipe Fitters, Local 537
on the Big Dig
Sheet Metal Workers
Plasters & Cement Masons
White Collar workers