Massachusetts Turnpike

By - 4/3/14 - 3:41 pm


April 10 is the first public meeting on the Mass Pike Realignment -- a $260 million project to straighten the Pike in Allston. This will be a great project for drivers going through Allston. We need your help to make sure it's a great project for those of us living, walking, running and cycling in Allston.

Together, let's make this more... Read more

By - 3/29/14 - 6:47 am

So best avoid it this weekend.

By - 3/23/14 - 10:31 am
Turnpike lanes in Boston

Brian D'Amico photographed the lane restrictions on the turnpike headed toward the Pru Tunnel yesterday.

MassDOT will be restricting lanes in the tunnel the weekends of March 28, April 4 and April 25 to allow for removal of an old and no longer needed noise-buffering ceiling in the tunnel.

Copyright Brian D'Amico. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 3/22/14 - 10:04 am

Narrowing the Pru Tunnel down to one lane for ceiling removal is doing a major number on traffic on the turnpike today. At 9:20 a.m, Evan Allen tweeted:

Avoid the pike westbound out of Boston! It is not moving at all.

By - 3/21/14 - 12:36 pm
Overturned truck on Prudential exit ramp.

Truck turns turtle. Photo by State Police.

Around noon, State Police reported:

Route 90 east,Cement truck has rolled over on Exit22 ramp.Damage to tunnel walls.Cement and diesel fuel leaking. Exit closed.

MassDOT reports no structural damage to the tunnel but that the exit will be closed indefinitely as crews remove the remains of the truck, fuel and cement.

MassDOT was planning on restricting traffic in the main tunnel to just one... Read more

By - 3/7/14 - 9:10 am

The Globe reports MassDOT and State Police will be experimenting with lane closures in the Pru tunnel this weekend as they get ready for a series of lane closures later this month and next month so workers can remove the tunnel's ceiling.

The ceiling was originally put in place to protect the girders that hold up the Pru and the convention center should... Read more

By - 2/21/14 - 11:45 am
Turnpike marker

Driving through Oak Square this morning, I noticed the little sign pointing the way up Washington Street to the turnpike. By itself, no big deal, except note that it shows a green Pilgrim hat - a remnant of the days when the Massachusetts Turnpike had its own authority and for some reason decided to use green Pilgrim hats for its logo (after discarding an earlier... Read more

By - 2/11/14 - 7:21 am
Flipped car on the Massachusetts Turnpike

State Police report arresting a Worcester woman on OUI and other charges last night after she allegedly rammed a State Police cruiser on a detail on the Massachusetts Turnpike at the Brighton/Newton line, then wound up on her side when her car partially flipped over.

Ann Lyn King, 45, was headed west when she struck Trooper Mark Lombardi's marked SUV around 10:30 p.m. He was... Read more

By - 2/8/14 - 11:27 am
Plow on fire on the Massachusetts Turnpike

J. Alain Ferry was among those caught in a traffic jam on the Massachusetts Turnpike when a snow plow caught fire on the westbound side by the BU Bridge around 10:25 a.m.

Jason Sissel also crawled by the remains of the truck:

By - 1/30/14 - 9:09 am

At 8:41 a.m., State Police reported:

RT 90 EB, east of Prudential Tunnel, 2 MBTA buses collide.One driver injured, right lane closed.Traffic delays

In addition to the driver, three passengers were taken to Tufts Medical Center, State Police say. Uninjured passengers were transferred to another bus for the rest of their journey.

The T reports the crash is responsible for minor delays on the... Read more

By - 1/11/14 - 2:34 pm
Man in green coat threatens to jump

Man in green jacket threatening to jump. Photo by Sophie Charron.

A man who climbed onto a ledge over the Massachusetts Turnpike near the BU Bridge early this afternoon brought traffic throughout Fenway to a halt as emergency crews tried to talk him out of jumping, which Nick Gilliam reports they did.

Scott Eisen took photos of his rescue and the giant inflatable platform firefighters blew up on the turnpike lane under him,... Read more

By - 10/30/13 - 7:06 pm
Empty turnpike

After disrupting traffic on the turnpike and shutting down the Worcester Line on his trip out to Weston, the president did the same thing in reverse on his way back to Logan this evening. Greg Hum photographed the inbound turnpike around 6:30 p.m.

By - 10/22/13 - 12:46 pm

Gov. Patrick said today riders of increasingly decrepit Red and Orange Line trains will see relief in 2019, when the first of new cars begin arriving under a schedule set by the MBTA board of directors:

The project will deliver at least 226 vehicles; 152 Orange Line cars, replacing the entire fleet of 120, and 74 Red Line cars with an option to increase the

... Read more
By - 10/21/13 - 10:00 am
Cat on a hot trooper car

State Police report:

This morning, just after 7:00 a.m., Trooper Robert Monahan and Trooper Joseph Hilton responded to numerous calls reporting a cat in the median on the Massachusetts Turnpike, near the 128 mile marker in Boston. The callers reported the cat to appear either sick or frightened. Troopers Monahan and Hilton were able to capture the scared feline. Area animal control officers were

... Read more
By - 10/3/13 - 10:26 pm

Around 9 p.m., both Intestinal Fortitude and Swarthy reported a woman riding a Hubway bike on I-90 eastbound just past the Allston/Cambridge tolls.

In a possibly unrelated incident, about 45 minutes later, State Police reported a pedestrian was hit by a car on I-93 south by Columbia Road.... Read more

By - 9/16/13 - 7:12 am
Smashed car at turnpike toll plaza

Todd Buffum snapped a car whose driver took a novel approach to the Allston tolls around 10 p.m. yesterday.

By - 9/11/13 - 12:09 pm

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.... Read more

By - 6/10/13 - 6:39 am

And the Pru tunnel on the turnpike is reopened. But Lower Allston takes its turn his morning going without power.

By - 5/30/13 - 12:59 pm

State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are investigating the sudden death of a pedestrian state troopers were trying to get off a turnpike ramp near the Allston/Cambridge tolls last night.

According to the DA's office, a trooper on a detail spotted Donald Moskites, 47, of Windsor, CT., walking up the ramp towards downtown around 10:15 p.m. The trooper, another trooper who arrived... Read more

By - 4/21/13 - 1:09 pm

MassDOT alerts us. Can the opening of Copley Square be far behind?