Massachusetts Turnpike

Massachusetts Turnpike

By - 5/12/15 - 3:16 pm

The Dig posts a first-person account by somebody who was on that New York-to-Boston bus that didn't quite make it to Boston yesterday:

The Rosie Perez circa-1988-sounding driver tried to tell everyone that an alarm was going off, and that a mechanic was going to have to check the bus out. We were told it could take anywhere from five minutes to a half hour. This was around 1:40 pm.

By - 5/11/15 - 5:11 pm
Bolt bus on fire

Tyler captured the flaming, exploding Bolt bus on the eastbound turnpike in West Newton. State Police report two lanes are shut - and that no one was injured. Read more.

By - 5/5/15 - 6:41 pm
Cars going nowhere fast on the Massachusetts Turnpike in downtown Boston

Going nowhere fast on the turnpike. Photo by Jed Hresko.

UPDATE: Around 6:50 p.m., people stuck in a garage at 125 High St. called 911 to complain of the fumes; police were helpless in the face of downtown-wide gridlock.

A multi-car crash on the turnpike westbound near Kenmore Square shortly after 5 p.m. quickly jammed the turnpike out of town and then all the roads leading to it downtown. At 6:30 p.m., State Police reported one lane was still shut due to the crash.

By - 3/28/15 - 5:47 pm

State Police report a driver's decision to get out of his car to exchange papers after a minor collision on I-90 westbound in Brighton last night proved fatal:

By - 1/23/15 - 10:15 am

State Police report a Dudley man suffered serious injuries around 6:30 p.m. yesterday when a tire on a car on the other side of the highway came off, traveled across the median and smashed into his windshield.

State Police say the man was heading westbound in Wayland when the left rear tire and rim of an Ontario driver's 1994 Lincoln MK8 flew off the car. The driver of that car was uninjured; State Police did not speculate as to why his tire and rim suddenly let go.

By - 1/6/15 - 8:33 am
Proposed development over the Massachusetts Turnpike in the Back Bay.

Serpentine project planned.

The state has picked a Miami developer for a $330-million mixed-use project atop the turnpike at Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street.

The Peebles Corp. proposed a a 373,000-square-foot development with 85 apartmentsl and 88 condos, a 156-key hotel, 26,000 square feet of retail space, and 138 parking spaces, in an 11-story building.

The plan also calls for a revamp of Hynes station, including new ADA-compliant entrances and replacement of aging electrical equipment.

By - 12/12/14 - 7:35 pm
Flipped car on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston

Tom Reiner photographed the car that flipped on the turnpike under Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street around 7 p.m. He reports there didn't seem to be any injuries.

By - 11/25/14 - 8:45 pm
Arrest being made near South Station

Some cops make arrest while others block protesters in Dewey Sq. Photo by Conqy.

A Ferguson protest in Dudley Square turned into a march of people that kept getting thwarted by Boston and State Police to shut one of the highways running through Boston.

The action started at the Southeast Expressway southbound at the Mass. Ave. connector, where protesters were mostly blocked - although they shut down the connector, police kept them off the Expressway.

By - 11/24/14 - 7:27 am

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Traffic Hackers has gone live with both live data and predictions for when you should head out - if your plans include the turnpike, I-93 north of the city or Rte. 3 south of it.

The site uses real-time data from MassDOT and historical data to try to show you how the roads are doing - without a single helicopter - and when you might want to leave.

By - 11/4/14 - 4:10 pm
Lost load on a turnpike entrance

Lost load. Photo by State Police

State Police report the entrance to the turnpike in Weston is jammed up thanks to an 18-wheeler that spilled its load all over the place at the toll plaza.

By - 9/25/14 - 8:56 am
Aftermath of car crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike

Patty Neal was among commuters who had plenty of time this morning to consider what exactly caused this crash on the turnpike westbound in Boston.

By - 9/5/14 - 5:31 pm

The state plans to solicit bids from developers who want to fill the vacant building on North Street (the one with the cupola and with the old turnpike booth out front):

By - 9/5/14 - 3:52 pm
Flaming car on Massachusetts Turnpike

Steve Safran captured the scene just past the Framingham exit eastbound, where a car erupted in flames around 3:40 p.m.

By - 8/19/14 - 7:50 pm
Smoky fire in Framingham

State Police posted a photo of Trooper John Arone and firefighters at a car fire on the turnpike westbound in Framingham around 5:20 p.m.

By - 8/18/14 - 5:03 pm

You know, that brown sign out in Becket in the Berkshires that announces an elevation of 1724 feet, "next highest elevation on I-90 Oacoma, South Dakota, 1,729 feet." Slate reports that, in fact, the highest elevation in Oacoma, SD is only about 1,440 feet tall.

By - 8/12/14 - 7:58 pm

Around 7:30, Dan Berlin reported an unusual sight on the turnpike westbound:

Anyone else in Boston see the four people happily riding their Hubway bikes ON THE MASS PIKE?! Yikes.

In e-mail, he explains they look like they got on at Mass. Ave. They were riding in the breakdown lane, at least, he says:

Extra big breakdown these days, thanks to construction. But definitely no breakdown as they approach Cambridge. No helmets either

By - 8/8/14 - 10:53 am
Rainbow in Allston

Phil captured the rainbow over Cambridge Street and the turnpike in Allston yesterday - from the same storm that gave us that giant cloud.

Copyright Phil. Posted in on Flickr.

Jed Hresko, meanwhile, spotted the rainbow downtown:

By - 7/17/14 - 9:34 am

A 26-year-old man tried getting from one side of the Cambridge Street turnpike onramp to the other last night but didn't make it, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The man was hit by a Camry whose driver remained on the scene and showed no signs of impairment, the DA's office says. Although state troopers continue to investigate the crash, no charges have been filed at this point.

By - 7/11/14 - 2:57 pm
Smoke from fire on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston

Kait photographed the smoke rising from a car fire on the inbound turnpike under Washington Street shortly after noon today - not long after another car went up in flames on River Street at Rosa Street in Hyde Park.

Dessert1st got a view of the smoke plume from higher up:

Smoke rises from turnpike car fire in Boston
By - 5/27/14 - 10:21 am
Crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Newton

Photo by State Police.

State Police report no serious injuries in a three-car smash-up shortly before 8 a.m. on the westbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Newton Corner

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