Time-lapse animation from MassDOT. With bonus new-agey guitar track that fortunately you can just turn off when it gets really annoying. And don't worry - they'll be putting the shakers back on.
WBUR reports on the impending three-year Longfellow Bridge repair project that will include a total of 25 weekends of Red Line bustitution and lane restrictions for drivers.
Penny Cherubino watches (and photographs) a guy who started walking across the Charles, then thought the better of it, or satisfied his curiosity or something. She finds the large crack in the ice he almost walked over. With bonus Leslie Jones photo of a Charles River ice rescue from back in the day.
Roving UHub photographer Neil roved himself up the Pru yesterday.
Greg Hum walked across the Longfellow early this afternoon.
The folks at Railroad.net report the Grand Junction Bridge, under the BU Bridge, re-opened to train traffic on Friday.
The bridge, the only connection between railroad tracks north and south of Boston within 128, was was shut by inspectors in November. This forced Amtrak, MBCR and CSX to re-route freight trains and trains carrying cars needing repairs on a 108-mile journey through Worcester County.
Mick T. spotted some snowpeople along the Esplanade yesterday.
UPDATE: The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports the victim was 32 and from Boston. "Multiple witness statements suggest that the man who went over the bridge did so intentionally, and foul play is not suggested at this time." His body remains unrecovered.
The Boston Fire Department reports a man jumped into the Charles River around 3:30 a.m. today:
Michael Skrzypek watched the sun set over the Charles this evening.
Norm Vigeant posted a photo of three MBTA locomotives and a commuter-rail coach crossing a causeway at the Wachusett Reservoir in West Boylston on Saturday.
Normally, the T would use the Grand Junction bridge (the train bridge under the BU Bridge) to move cars from its repair facility in Somerville to points south, but the bridge was shut last Wednesday for some emergency repairs, changing what used to be a 7-mile trip into a 108-mile loop by way of Ayer and Worcester.
A.P. Blake reports a key part of the proposed route - the Grand Junction Bridge that spans the Charles under the BU Bridge - has had speed and weight limits put on it that are so severe the freight train that normally delivers produce to Chelsea couldn't go across it.
Photographynatalia took this photo along the Head of the Charles route this morning. She writes:
The State Police sent out an alert this morning that a body - which would have been the third this week - was found in the Charles near Boston University. They quickly followed up with this correction:
At this time the Massachusetts State Police has experienced an internal issue with its email system. An older email, possibly stored in the system for delivery, was sent out as a new advisory. There was no new body found in the Charles River. We apologize as this appeared as a new advisory.
Investigators have positively identified the body pulled out of the Charles River near the BU Bridge this morning as that of Jonathan Dailey, a Boston Architectural College student who went missing last week, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Confirmation came through his dental records, the DA's office says.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports another body was found this morning, near where a middle-aged man's body was found floating yesterday. No ID yet.
Stanley Stacos reports the body was found floating under the BU Bridge around 8:30 a.m.
UPDATE: The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports that while investigators are still trying to determine the identity of the body, it does not appear to be that of missing student Jonathan Dailey - the body was that of a middle-aged and bald man.