Riptor reports from near the reservoir on Rte. 9:
SUV on route 9 westbound in Brookline completely stopped by a turkey pecking at its bumper.
Natick Police report the management evacuated the Jordan's Furniture and IMAX theater around 7:45 tonight after a staffer at the theater "received a live phone call stating that there was a bomb and an armed gunman inside the theater." Read more.
Black ice made for a horrible commute and walk this morning. Patty reported:
Rt 9 East bound in Wellesley has a van on its side and a lot of ladders strewn across the street.
Anybody cycling to work today please be careful. Invisible patches of ice everywhere, bike lanes/paths thinly salted.
But the driver of an SUV apparently trying to park at the new Rte. 9 mall with the Wegmans gave them one this morning.
The Boston Cyclists Union reports town officials are looking at raised "cycle tracks" for either side of the highway as it passes Washington Street:
Perhaps the most interesting feature of the design proposed by Tedrow and the Bike Union are the “floating bus stops.” The concept is common in Europe and it is included in the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide that many American cities including Boston now endorse, but it would be a first time it is used in Massachusetts. ... In essence, the bikeway travels behind the MBTA bus stop instead of in front of it, creating a crossing point where pedestrians can access the bus stop. The room for this marvel at Gateway East was provided by the removal of a unnecessary travel lane.
Wicked Local Brookline reports selectmen put off a vote on letting a Peet's replace the Starbucks on Rte. 9 in Chestnut Hill after neighbors complained Starbucks customers were slobby bad drivers and selectmen decided they wanted the landlord to explain how he will keep the Peet's from replicating the mistakes of the Starbucks.
Rte. 9 eastbound by the Chestnut Hill Mall was shut after a pickup truck slid under the back of a tractor trailer around 7:20 a.m. State Police report the driver of the pickup suffered serious injuries but was conscious when extricated by firefighters.
The Newton Fire Department reports it evacuated part of the Street mall on Rte. 9 after workers hit a gas main in front of the Container Store around 10 a.m. About 35 minutes later, National Grid managed to shut the gas off, freeing mall workers to return to their jobs.
A Middlesex Superior Court judge says Framingham police went too far in their zeal to shut down a local head shop in July.
But while Justice Douglas Wilkins says he sympathizes with Terry Wilson, owner of the Grateful Head on Rte. 9, he declined to issue an order to force police to return most of her stuff, saying she needs to follow proper channels in her request, which in this case means first seeking relief in Framingham District Court - where police obtained their search warrant.
We can't be the only people who used to think Rte. 9 ended (or began) somewhere in the area of the Riverway overpass just past Brookline Village. Now, thanks to the industrious beavers at MassDOT, we know it continues down Huntington Avenue to at least Mission Hill (remember last year when a contractor blocked the sidewalk on Tremont Street by putting up Rte. 9 signs?). And now, thanks to a concerned citizen, we know Rte. 9 extends even further into Boston, onto at least Stuart Street (and from there, hmm, maybe it goes through one of the tunnels into East Boston and then all the way up to Canada!):
One of the new state road signs has been knocked down by a car and is near Eastern Bank at Dartmouth and Stuart (on elevated sidewalk). By the way, why are all these signs being installed?
Bravo, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, for defying national "standards" on what makes a good highway exit sign.
Paul Levy photographs an enhanced Rte. 9 sign.
Wellesley Police report a Watertown man was finally stopped in Brookline after a chase that started on Rte. 9 in Natick early this morning.
The Boston Business Journal reports on the latest refugees from the increasingly empty Rte. 9 mall.
Wicked Local Newton reports Wegman's plans to open a store in the new mall being built on Rte. 9 where Omni Foods used to be.
Sean Roche reports that the proposed mall for the old Omni Foods site on Rte. 9 will actually make pedestrian access along Rte. 9 worse and that that's just fine with the city lawyer, who got into a "heated exchange" with an alderman on the topic, basically arguing that nobody walks along Rte. 9 and never will - which Roche refutes with photos of some actual pedestrians walking along that stretch of Rte. 9.
At 9:30, Bari Walsh tweeted:
Traffic just stopped on 9 west in Newton as 10 or so wild turkeys crossed the road. I swear.
Wicked Local Brookline reports a Brookline firefighter was arrested on charges he drove up to 90 mph while drunk on Rte. 9.
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