WBUR chronicles all the issues, including the fact that the bridge is a historic landmark right down to its rivets, which means contractors have to use historic methods to rebuild it, right down to the use of 50,000 historically accurate rivets, rather than more modern, and faster ways to connect metal support beams.
Traffic will be briefly halted near Charles Circle Saturday morning as crews working on the Longfellow Bridge start would could be a two-day project to clean out a steam pipe that runs across the bridge.
Traffic will resume once the steam venting starts up, shortly after 7 a.m., Cambridge Police say, adding: Read more.
MassDOT reports construction workers finished topping off the last of the Longfellow Bridge's iconic shakers today when they re-attached the top, or capstone, of the tower closest to the Museum of Science on the Boston side. Read more.
John Gage kept his eye to the sky shortly before 6 p.m. today.
The Boston Cyclists Union did this video today on the first day the new sidewalk was open to bicycles on the Longfellow.
UPDATE: The MBTA warns Longfellow-related slowdowns could last two to three days.
Red Line trains in both directions are moving kind of slow this morning, due to the weekend track work on the Longfellow Bridge.
At 7:40 a.m., Justlippe reported:
I left Central at 7:10am. We're just now hanging half out of the tunnel headed to MGH.
First responders from both Cambridge and Boston and divers from Boston rushed to the Charles River near the Longfellow Bridge around 6:30 p.m. on what appeared to be a report that two people might be in the river. Read more.
The T is warning of "moderate" delays in both directions on the Red Line due to a track problem between Kendall Square and Charles/MGH (which would be, what, the Longfellow?).
UPDATE: At 8:20, the T reported delays southbound due to a train that met its maker at Alewife.
The Globe reports.
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.
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.
Interaction with a trooper at Charles Circle on Tuesday.
Via Boston Reddit.
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.
JB Parrett enjoyed the sunset over the Longfellow, the Charles and Kendall Square this evening.
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:
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).
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