By now, the story of why I-95 doesn't go straight through Boston is well known: Bands of determined residents helped convinced Gov. Francis Sargent we really didn't need a couple of superhighways rammed through Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville - I-95 and the I-695 "inner belt." Read more.
Has there ever been anything good written about the Boston highway revolts?
It's known to traffic reporters as "The Great Circle of Traffic", and it happens when the loop comprising I-93 from Woburn to Canton and I-95 (128) between Canton and Woburn displays solid red on the traffic maps for its full length.
Judging by the current map - see https://www.boston.com/boston-traffic - it may well happen before today's rush hour is over.
The unfinished northern half of the cloverleaf in Canton where 95 was supposed to head into Boston from the south is perhaps better known, but there's also the undone right-of-way where the highway was supposed to come out of Boston and smash through some marshes in Revere at Copeland Circle - which our own Cybah walked today.
Tim Smith took a walk along the former 128 in the Blue Hills Reservation, left over from the days when 128 was cobbled together out of existing roads, before the current road was built a couple miles further out.
WBZ reports on an incident on I-95 yesterday morning. Neither the driver, nor his two young sons, in the back seat, were injured.
Over at WBUR, Daniel Guzman reports:
2 sheep standing in road on NB 95 at Rt 1 in Sharon/Foxboro. Delays not too baaaaaaad.
Perry Jacobs reports the car was in the rest area on 95 south when it burst into flames shortly after 8 a.m., so traffic didn't appear to be much affected.
State Police report a hatchet came flying through the windshield of a car traveling south on I-95 in Topsfield this morning due to the carelessness of the driver of the landscaping truck in front of them - who failed to tie down the hatchet:
I-95 southbound is shut at rush hour due to what State Police report is a collision with life-threatening injuries at Exit 11 (Neponset Street).
A rollover on 128 north by Highland Avenue early this afternoon quickly bogged traffic down. The luckier drivers were able to get off an exit or two before.
State Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) has proposed increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70) on sections of the turnpike, I-95 and I-91.
Winslow tells WBZ most people drive faster than 65 anyway and raising the limit would bring some consistency back to police enforcement of speed limits.
MassDOT reports it's opening the remaining fourth-lane sections of 128, er, 93/95/1/Hut!, between Randolph and Westwood this week. Schedule of segment openings. Important note:
With the opening of the new fourth travel lane, the authorized use of the breakdown lane for travel during weekday peak commuting periods will be discontinued to enhance driver safety and provide emergency vehicle access.
In other words, from now on, the breakdown lane is only for breaking down in.
About the last thing you expect to see while you're driving on an interstate is a live turkey in the car next to you, giving you the eye. But there the bird was, around 7:30 p.m. in a Hyundai with Maryland plates, heading north on I-95 in Sharon.
Photo by Greta Gaffin.
At 11 a.m., Stadol reported:
Just passed 5 cars that have overheated on 95. State Police were helping out.
Matt Noyes at NECN says now would be a good time to ensure your car's tires are inflated properly:
Prime time later today, especially tomorrow, for tire blowouts. Preventable - Almost always from low tire pressure.
First a ginormous crash shut 95 in Newburyport, then, just in time for the evening rush, a truck hit a utility pole, bringing electric lines down on 128 at Rte. 1 in Peabody, shutting the entire road.
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