Has Boston broken the seasonal snowfall record yet?
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The Boston Public Works Department says a Woburn company will build the city two truck-mounted snow blowers that will give us Montreal-strength street-clearing power.
Each of the LaRue D55 blowers can shoot 2,750 tons of snow an hour the length of half a football field, although in practice the blowers, to be mounted on new Volvo loaders, will be paired with large dump trucks, into which snow will be blown for transportation to one of the city's fine snow dumps.
The city will pay $645,000 for the new blowers and loaders to Woodco Machinery, Inc. - the only company to meet the city's specifications.
Starting tonight, the T will be shutting down the Orange Line between Wellington and Oak Grove starting at 8:45 p.m. at night so workers can get the tracks ready for winter - except for Friday and Saturday nights, when service will run as usual.
You may recall that particular stretch of Orange Line proved particularly troublesome in the winter of our discontent. Workers will be installing heaters along the third rail and at switches to prevent the tracks from turning into a glacier again, in a $12.7 million project, MassDOT reports.
Conventures shows us that the South Boston snow pile got a surprise visit today from Boston firefighters, who set up hoses to dump water on it - whether to reduce its stench or shrink its size, we don't know. But what if, you know, that only made it stronger - and angrier?
Seems people in South Boston disliked the emergency one-way streets enacted during the winter snow crisis so much that the city is returning them to their former two-way status starting this Wednesday. Read more.
Last night, the city marked a number of Citizens Connect snow complaints closed with this note:
Thank you for your request. This service request is now considered closed due to the recent arrival of Spring. The City worked around the clock this winter to address the record-breaking snowfall and we hope that many of your concerns were resolved. We encourage you to let us know of any additional issues and thank you for working with us to make the City a better place. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any requests that we were not able to get to.
Across the city today, winter-weary Bostonians shed their coats, or, at least, unzipped them a bit as they marveled at temperatures that approached 60.
In the Public Garden, as 617 Images shows us, a couple actually had a picnic:
Eileen Murphy was amazed by how dirty the waterfront snow pile has gotten.
Zinnia shows us some streets are looking like canals with all the melting snow, such as Bolton Street in South Boston.
An hour+ of weather and outdoor reports from the blizzard of April 1, 1997.
H/t Ari Ofsevit.
Remember a couple years ago when the T put up all these signs in subway stations advising that snowstorms could mean limited service?
Next winter, the T will really mean it. WBUR reports the T will respond to major snow storms by running limited service during the day, rather than trying to run all its trains on a regular schedule, making all their snow-sensitive motors burn out, like it did this winter. The T is also planning to buy more snow clearing equipment and is considering coating third rails with anti-freeze.
City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says it might be time for the city to make its peace with space savers - and make some money by selling official City of Boston space savers.
At a hearing on snow removal today, McCarthy said the idea, proposed by a constituent, has grown on him. In an era when some people would put out "furnaces and toilets" to spite trash workers tasked with removing their space savers, the city could bring in extra revenue for snow and trash removal via official space savers, he said.
Bostonography shows the winter of our discontent.
Katherine Larson spotted this pair on the Common today.