Lest you think the presence of giant Tunnel Boring Machines is a sign that the Sisyphean Second Avenue subway project is making great progress, the Times is here to report that underground utilities, "including water pipes, gas lines, fuel tanks and electrical wires, are to blame for at least six months of delays and more than $130 million" in overruns. "What due diligence didn’t happen that we are having these cost overruns?" Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer rhetorically wants to know! The project is nearly $1 billion over the last estimate in 2007, when federal financing is secured. It's ultimately expected to cost $4.98 billion—and that's just phase one! Still, it's a small price to pay to avoid having to walk over to Lexington Avenue to catch a train.