On Saturday, the new I-93 South tunnel and the southbound side of the Zakim Bridge open.
Will my friend Ravi be the first one to drive over the bridge and into the tunnel?
Let's read his news release to see:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEHe might not be first, but he could be last.
December 18, 2003
TRANSPORTATION PIONEERS TO TAKE "FINAL FLIGHT" OVER BOSTON
One hundred years after Orville and Wilbur Wright first took flight, Ravi Jain and Stefan Economou, stalwart transportation pioneers, will embark on the "Final Flight" on the elevated I-93 highway, before it closes permanently over the weekend. The two Boston men made international news in January by being the first regular passengers through the I-90/Massachusetts Turnpike extension and followed that up with a controversial photo-finish first over Boston's Leonard P. Zakim bridge in March. Jain and Economou will navigate Economou's 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Custom Cruiser over the city, clad in flight goggles, scarves and jackets.
New southbound tunnel ready to open.
Big Dig officials say the last cars will travel over the half-century old Central Artery sometime tomorrow morning, and then southbound traffic will be allowed onto the Zakim bridge and into the new tunnel.Maybe they'll write a song about it?
Central Artery is falling down, falling down, falling down,
and Ravi was the last one to ride it.