Driving

By - 4/24/15 - 10:37 am

State officials say next week is when workers take the first real bite out of the Casey Overpass - they're scheduled to remove a piece of the abutment on the rotary side of the hulking, crumbling bridge.

Along with that comes the first overpass-removal detours: Traffic heading from the rotary into Jamaica Plan will be diverted onto the temporary road that's been built alongside the Arborway bus depot - which means the gazillion traffic lights the state has installed will blink into use.

By - 4/24/15 - 9:45 am

Legislators from Boston and Dedham are proposing a VFW Master Plan Commission to look at ways to improve the VFW Parkway from Centre Street in West Roxbury to the Dedham line and Providence Highway in Dedham between the Boston line and the Washington Street rotary.

State Sen. Mike Rush (D-West Roxbury) and state Reps. Ed Coppinger (D-West Roxbury) and Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) want the commission to conduct:

By - 4/21/15 - 8:07 pm
Stolen Imparla sought in Roslindale Square

Somebody who obviously grew up in the Boston area has posted these signs all around Roslindale Square.

By - 4/21/15 - 10:04 am
Land yach in Roslindale

Kristen O'Neil Parlon was amazed to see a land yacht parked on one of Roslindale's narrow streets last night:

As if finding a parking space is not hard enough in Boston.

By - 4/17/15 - 4:23 pm
Tanker stopped by State Police

The tanker after it was stopped. Photo by Mass. State Police.

State Police report arresting a Peabody man on charges he was on drugs while weaving from lane to lane on Rte. 128 southbound in Lexington yesterday morning.

State Police dispatched a trooper after getting several reports from motorists of the tanker "driving erratically" around 11:30 a.m.

By - 4/16/15 - 10:24 pm
DeLoarean in Davis Square

J Tamarro spotted this DeLorean on Elm Street in Davis Square tonight.

By - 4/16/15 - 6:30 am

The Huntington News takes a look at Spot, a homegrown app for connecting drivers who need a space with people who have driveways or other parking spaces to rent out - which makes it different from the banned Haystack, which tried to alert people to open spaces on the street.

By - 4/15/15 - 8:13 pm
Arrows on Boston street signs

A disgusted citizen complains about the arrows on many Boston street signs, in this case on Centre Street in West Roxbury:

These overhead signs are useless. The text is so narrow that you can't read any of it. What's with the arrows taking up so much room? Is that even standard? Never seen that in any other city. These signs along Centre St are distracting and should be taken down. Too many drivers are going dangerously slow through intersections trying to get close enough to read them.

By - 4/13/15 - 6:39 am

Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen thinks the cost of motor-vehicle infractions unfairly burdens low-income residents - and lets the well off just laugh off infractions - so he's proposing the city start basing fines on drivers' income.

The council considers Mazen's request at its meeting tonight, Robert Winter alerts us.

By - 4/12/15 - 10:24 pm
Car in South End community garden

Jeremy Alistair Dick happened upon a car crashed into the Berkeley Community Garden in the South End tonight. He reports:

Major damage to fence and water service.

By - 4/11/15 - 4:20 pm
Minivan and SUV smashed up on Rte. 128

A minivan and an SUV heading north on 128 south collided around 3:45 p.m., bringing three ambulances as well as police, firefighters and tow trucks and jamming traffic in both directions.

The two vehicles wound up on what passes for a median strip there. Above, people crowded the overpass to take photos.

By - 4/10/15 - 1:47 pm

Driver lost control around 1:30 p.m., plowed into utility pole, took down wires and now the intersection is shut until utility crews can get in and make repairs.

By - 4/9/15 - 2:58 pm

Mayor Walsh today signed an ordinance raising the fines for parking in resident-only spaces around Fenway Park on game days from $40 to $100 - just one day after the City Council approved the idea.

The increased fine will remain in place through the end of the year - after which city officials will evaluate them to see if it worked to free up spaces for Fenway residents. The $100 tickets will be doled out to cars without resident stickers starting two hours before a game and ending two hours after.

By - 4/8/15 - 3:51 pm

The City Council today agreed to let Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) hold a series of hearings at which state and city officials can explain how replacing the Casey Overpass with a series of surface roads won't give residents cancer or block ambulances from getting heart-attack and stroke victims to the medical area - but not demand the work be stopped altogether.

Or, at least, that's what Yancey professed today.

"This is not [a motion] to cease and desist the demolition of the Casey Overpass," Yancey told fellow councilors.

By - 4/8/15 - 1:08 pm

The City Council today approved a proposal to increase the fines for non-residents parking in resident-only spaces around Fenway Park from $40 to $100 during Red Sox games.

Councilor Josh Zakim, who represents the neighborhood, said the measure should help residents with parking stickers who come home to find all the on-street spaces filled with Sox fans - many of whom find a $40 fine a decent price to pay for game parking.

The measure, which requires the mayor's approval, would run through Dec. 31 as a pilot program.

By - 4/7/15 - 3:20 pm

focusing on whether or not "RoadRunner" was about to become the official state rock song, that we overlooked this new law - effective today - that quietly slipped through:

http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/uncategorized/new-motor-vehicle-ligh...

By - 4/7/15 - 8:13 am

City Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) wonders if the project to replace the Casey Overpass with surface roads will cause problems for people heading to lifesaving medical treatment in the Longwood Medical Area or to soul-saving worship services at area churches, so he's seeking "a series of hearings" on the demolition plans - three years after state officials announced the plans.

By - 4/6/15 - 2:38 pm
Eight hours of shoveling marked on a cone on Ruthven Street in Roxbury

An annoyed citizen complains about the space savers still in place on Ruthven Street, including this one, marked by somebody who apparently thinks eight hours of shoveling is worth a couple months' free parking.

By - 4/5/15 - 7:23 pm

State Police report a woman heading from a ramp at Charlesgate onto Storrow Drive inbound "failed to slow and struck the barrier on the ramp" around 3:45 p.m.

The driver of the 2001 Corolla, 60, was rushed to Mass. General, where she was pronounced dead.

By - 3/31/15 - 9:14 pm

A Saturn and a Focus collided head on shortly before 9 p.m. on Blue Hill Avenue near Deering Road. One of the cars burst into flames. Three people were injured. The road was shut.

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