State transportation officials tonight detailed their latest plans to ease the traffic woes that have beset East Boston since the Sumner Tunnel toll plaza came down in May and was replaced by a new configuration of roadways, but skeptical residents were having none of it. Read more.
State Rep. Adrian Madaro (D-East Boston) is pissed off at the way his neighborhood's roads have become gridlocked after MassDOT removed the Sumner Tunnel toll plaza and modified the approaches to it a couple weeks ago.
In a letter to state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, he writes that rather than the "safer, smoother and more efficient commute" promised by MassDOT: Read more.
MassDOT shows us some heavy equipment making a nice snack of the old Sumner Tunnel toll booths, which became obsolete when the state turned on its next-gen E-Z Pass scanner system.
State Police report a pickup that went out of control around 3:10 a.m. on the ramp from the Sumner Tunnel to I-93 north crashed, killing one man and sending two other men to the hospital.
State Police say they are still investigating why the vehicle went out of control.
Around 8:20 a.m., Matt Karolian reported:
No movement. Police, fire and EMS trying to make their way to the vehicle(s).
The driver of a car that hit barriers and the tunnel wall at the Government Center onramp died in the 3:30 a.m. crash, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. She was 33 and a Dorchester resident.
Preliminary evidence suggests the vehicle struck a concrete attenuator that splits the lane, then collided with the tunnel wall. Multiple civilian motorists stopped at the scene in an attempt to render assistance. The operator, however, was killed in the crash. Her passengers, all adults from Boston, were transported to area hospitals with injuries seemed not life-threatening.
State Police report an "overheight" truck tried to get into the Sumner Tunnel in East Boston around 11:15 a.m. but didn't get far after causing some damage to the tunnel roof and shutting one lane.
The truck that struck the ceiling is a 2008 Freightliner owned by McCoy National Lease Inc. of Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was towing a trailer owned by Primestar Trucking LLC of Postville, Iowa. The overhead strike was observed on camera by Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Operations Center personnel, who notified State Police Troop E personnel, allowing for an immediate response.
Don't worry: RedSox223's driver didn't jump into hyperspace inside the Sumner Tunnel - he waited until they were out in the open, of course.
Boston Police are swarming the area around the Sumner Tunnel and East Boston's Central Square, looking for four men - one reported covered in blood - for a savage attack near the toll plaza around 1:30 p.m.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports that Sharlene Bauptista, 34, of Roslindale, died in the crash around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Her two companions in the car, Amaurys Obijo and Jose Baez, both 25 and both also from Roslindale, remain in serious condition at local hospitals. State troopers continue to investigate the crash, the DA's office says.
Around 1:20 a.m. today, Channel 5 reports, adding none was wearing a seat belt.
The Outraged Liberal considers a possible real motive behind the humongous toll increases approved by the turnpike authority yesterday: Put pressure on the legislature to increase the gas tax.
He notes the tolls don't take effect until February or March, and not until after a public hearing (where will they hold that? Gillette Stadium?).
... Presumably, that would be enough time for Deval Patrick and legislators to get off their, um, sidelines, and approve a comprehensive plan to tackle the transportation nightmare (hey, throw in the disaster known as the MBTA while you are at it.) ...
Dan Kennedy on the turnpike authority: What, are they insane?
Jay Fitzgerald predicts we'll wind up with a toll increase, a gas-tax hike and the transfer of turnpike "hacks" to a new state authority. He uses a classic cartoon to illustrate how he feels this morning.
The Globe reports on toll increases approved by the turnpike authority today for the Weston and Allston/Brighton tolls and the harbor tunnels, starting in February or March. Most notable: Tolls at the Sumner and Ted Williams tunnels will increase from $3.50 to $7 - although FastLane users will get to pay just $6.
Shelley was glad to see the Sumner Tunnel was fully back in operation today after two week's of repair. She was not too happy to see that the same damn leak that's been there for years was still there - although probably not as upset as the person in the convertible in front of her:
... Let's just say that the person in the convertible in front of me had some mopping up to do when he got through the Sumner this morning. ...
Jimbo wonders if it would be too much to ask to have the city, the turnpike authority and the MBTA coordinate their shutdowns so that they don't all shut down key transportation routes at the same exact time.