Longfellow Bridge

Longfellow Bridge

By - 6/10/15 - 6:18 pm
Smokey Red Line

Firefighters had to foam down a smoking Red Line on the Longfellow Bridge just past Charles/MGH around 6 p.m. Gabriel Fishman, who captured the scene just as firefighters arrived, reports they made short work of whatever the problem was and that service seemed to start up not long after.

By - 6/9/15 - 8:42 pm
Storm from South Boston deck

Frank Kosiba watched the storm roll in from his deck in South Boston.

Elsie Kenyon, meanwhile, got to see both ends of the rainbow from the Longfellow Bridge: Read more.

By - 4/16/15 - 4:51 pm

Interaction with a trooper at Charles Circle on Tuesday.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 3/27/15 - 10:12 am

State officials report contractors will begin prepping the Longfellow Bridge on Saturday to remove the two remaining towers as part of the overall bridge reconstruction project.

Don't worry, seasoning fans: The state says, as with the other two towers - and unlike that decorative railing a few years back - the towers will be put into storage so they can be replaced once the bulk of the repairs to the bridge and the realignment of the traffic/bicycle/pedestrian lanes is finished.

By - 3/8/15 - 10:44 pm
Sunset over the Longfellow

JB Parrett enjoyed the sunset over the Longfellow, the Charles and Kendall Square this evening.

By - 2/7/15 - 12:02 pm
Icy Charles River reflecting the early morning sun

Sure, people's muscles ache from shoveling snow, T trains drop like flies, there's no place to park, it's freezing out there and more snow is on the way, but we still have views like the one JB Parrett captured this morning from the Cambridge side of the Charles River.

By - 11/14/14 - 7:53 pm
Huge crowds at Kendall Square on the Red Line

Kendall Square, 6:20 p.m. Photo by Mark.

Not long after 6 p.m., the Red Line did what it does so well: Fail. Specifically, a train got to the Longfellow Bridge, looked down and grew so terrified it would fall in the river, or something, that it just died right there, as Devin Cole shows us:

By - 10/24/14 - 10:21 am

The Boston Courant reports state transportation officials are working on plans to stick both sides of Storrow Drive under a Longfellow Bridge arch, which would let Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary expand one of its buildings and dig a new parking garage under the current Infirmary parking lot in exchange for giving up the parking lot for the new road alignment and new parkland (Ed. note: Link goes to a JPG image of the article, because the Courant remains one of the few newspapers in America to resist the Web).

By - 10/23/14 - 6:08 pm

Gianna Maria reports her inbound Red Line train came to a halt around 6 p.m. on the Longfellow to avoid making pate out of a silly goose who refused to move. After about ten minutes, the goose moved out and so did the train.

By - 8/7/14 - 11:04 pm

Firefighters from both sides of the Charles and State Police converged on the Charles River near the Longfellow Bridge after a person was spotted jumping off the bridge around 8:25 p.m.

The Boston Fire Department reported around 10:50 p.m. that Cambridge firefighters recovered the person's body.

By - 7/28/14 - 8:01 pm
Clouds after the storm

Jared Villemaire photographed the interesting clouds over Beacon Hill late this afternoon after a morning of some pretty wild weather.

Rosalia, meanwhile, went for a walk on the Longfellow Bridge and couldn't help but notice the sunset underneath the cloud deck:

Sunset over the Longfellow Bridge
By - 6/2/14 - 1:49 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports two workers about 35 feet down a shaft where one of the Longfellow Bridge's "shakers" used to be were injured this afternoon when chutes funneling concrete down to them gave way.

Workers were placed in stokes baskets, secured and raised up to surface. Boston EMS treated and transported.

By - 5/24/14 - 9:05 am
Trophies in a tunnel
Trophy case

ElmerCat reports coming on a pleasant surprise yesterday in the normally dreary First Street tunnel under the Longfellow Bridge in Cambridge: A trophy case:

Mostly bowling and tennis trophies, sitting on angle irons reinforcing a crack in the foundation wall. Coming upon this sparkling trophy collection in the normally gloomy tunnel was a delightful surprise!

By - 5/7/14 - 4:44 pm
Creepy Longfellow swing

Craig Silva wonders why there's a swing under the Longfellow Bridge construction site.

By - 5/5/14 - 9:40 am
Lost load on Storrow Drive

MassDOT posted this photo of a storrowed container that fell off the back of a truck this morning when the top hit the bottom of the Longfellow on the inbound side.

"Please remember height restrictions," MassDOT suggests to truck drivers unable to figure out what "CARS ONLY" means.

By - 5/1/14 - 12:06 pm
Charles River on a rainy day

JB Parrett looked down the Charles on a rainy May Day.

By - 4/18/14 - 9:00 am
Longfellow Bridge repair work

Elmer Cat photographed repair work on the Longfellow Bridge. The bridge is in the middle of a 3 1/2-year redo.

Copyright Elmer Cat. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

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 requires the closure of Exit 24/Gov’t Center on I-93 Southbound on Sunday night into Monday morning and the complete closure of I-93 Southbound through Boston overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

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 man whose last known address was a Boston homeless shelter. There were no outward signs of trauma or foul play, but the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of his death. Attempts to locate and notify the man’s family are under way.

Photo of the scene.

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