Longfellow Bridge

By - 3/8/14 - 9:27 am
Work on the Longfellow Bridge

Workers prepare to take top off a Longfellow shaker. Photo by MassDOT

State officials say the Callahan Tunnel should open round about 5 a.m. Monday morning, which will begin to restore karma to Boston traffic and eventually end those mysterious clumps of state troopers along Rte. 16.

However, late-night drivers can expect some delays elsewhere along I-93 for the rest of the week as MassDOT gets the mighty highway back into fighting form:

Most notably, the effort

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By - 12/9/13 - 12:45 pm

A construction worker on the Longfellow Bridge project found the body of a man in rafters under the bridge's Boston side this morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The man’s remains were discovered in the rafters beneath the bridge in an area known to police as a spot where homeless people sometimes sleep. The deceased has been tentatively identified as a 43-year-old

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By - 11/2/13 - 5:20 pm
On the Longfellow

On the Longfellow Bridge.

What a great day for a parade.

From Fenway Park to the banks of the Charles, Bostonians lined up early for a chance to see the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox - and doesn't that sound good to hear?

When the procession of Duck Boats got to the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square, it stopped. Jonny Gomes put the World Series trophy... Read more

By - 10/22/13 - 7:50 am

The T will be running buses instead of trains over the Longfellow this weekend as workers get the tracks ready for the extensive repairs planned for the bridge. Also:

Bicyclists will be asked to walk their bikes on the sidewalk across the Longfellow Bridge to ensure the safety of all bridge users. On Saturday, October 26, there will be alternating single lane closures on Memorial

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By - 7/26/13 - 9:31 am

Signal problems on the Longfellow or track problems at Charles/MGH, take your pick of announcements.

By - 7/15/13 - 5:55 pm

The state begins Longfellow Bridge detours this weekend as it begins to rip the bridge apart and put it back together better than ever.

Starting Saturday, only people driving from Cambridge to Boston will be allowed on the bridge. The Cambridge bound will instead be diverted via Storrow Drive up to Charles River Dam Road and then across that thoughtfully already re-built span into... Read more

By - 3/7/13 - 8:07 am

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.

By - 2/28/13 - 11:48 am

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.

By - 8/19/12 - 6:03 pm

Boston from the Red Line is a site that only posts photos of Boston from the Red Line.

Via BostInno.

By - 6/21/12 - 9:46 am

A third-rail problem on the Kendall side of the Longfellow means delays in both directions on the Red Line, as in, power had to be shut off between Park and Kendall so workers can fix it. At 9:41 a.m., Alice B tweeted:

Just deboarded at Central. Red line inbound not moving due to 3rd rail fail at Kendall. No inbound trains for at least

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By - 6/13/12 - 5:05 pm

A car chase that started on the Tobin Bridge this afternoon ended in Kendall Square after a state trooper fired at the alleged suspect, who drove away only to crash his car on the other side of the Longfellow, got out of the car, boarded the Red Line at Charles/MGH and then was pulled off the train at Kendall by waiting state troopers.

Although witnesses... Read more

By - 3/9/12 - 10:48 am

L.V. Randolph - cofounder of a company trying to work with the T on revenue enhancement - tweeted at 10:44 a.m. he'd been sitting there for 30 minutes while the T tries to get a relief train in place.

The tweeting must have done the trick - three minutes later, he was tweeting from Charles/MGH.... Read more

By - 3/8/12 - 10:36 am

MassBike reports MassDOT has picked a design for the renovation of the Longfellow that features just one vehicle lane outbound and wider lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians in both directions.

By - 11/29/11 - 7:14 am

MassDOT reports a truck got stuck under the Longfellow on Memorial Drive around 6:00 a.m., shutting the road, of course. And not just any truck: A big-ass truck.

By - 10/6/11 - 6:43 pm

James Harvey tweeted around 5:30 p.m.:

Just had the Red Line doors open in the middle of the Longfellow Bridge.

Eric Steinhardt, apparently on the same train, reports the doors stayed open only very briefly, not even long enough for him to jump out.... Read more

By - 6/30/11 - 10:08 pm

Red Line service was stopped in both directions; traffic a mess as well.

AlertNewEngland reports the worker appears to be conscious. The worker was extricated not long after rescue crews arrived. Channel 7 reports he suffered only minor arm injuries.

By - 4/1/11 - 11:43 pm

Dive and search teams from the Boston and Cambridge fire departments and State Police raced to the Charles River at the Longfellow Bridge late Friday after a woman pulled out of the water said she had thrown her kids in the water - and troopers spotted children's clothing near where she jumped. But reported that State Police discovered the children safe at home with... Read more

By - 10/5/10 - 8:30 am

Possible Longfellow realignmentOne possible outbound Longfellow realignmentA state task force meets Wednesday to consider possible options for re-aligning the venerable bridge as part of the state's $255-million repair program.

The session to consider three options begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Shriners Hospital auditorium, 51 Blossom... Read more

By - 8/2/10 - 8:02 pm

ForLeft considers two alternates for a rebuilt Longfellow - one of which has only one traffic lane in each direction:

... I love the idea of cutting down on car traffic and [putting] benches on the walks. This is a chance to really change the urban environment. ...

By - 7/6/10 - 6:01 pm

If it works and one train can push the dead inbound train off the bridge (or rather, down the tracks to the next station), should mean some relief for people stuck in a train in the sun with no air conditioning on the hottest day in eight years. If not, they could always make a break for it. Unfortunately, that would do little for... Read more