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 driver somehow managed to coax the... Read more
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... Read more
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.
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.
The department says their injuries were not considered life threatening... Read more
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!... Read more
Craig Silva wonders why there's a swing under the Longfellow Bridge construction site.
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.
JB Parrett looked down the Charles on a rainy May Day.
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... Read more
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 manâ€™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... Read more
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
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... Read more
Signal problems on the Longfellow or track problems at Charles/MGH, take your pick of announcements.
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
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.