Massachusetts Avenue Bridge

By - 8/29/15 - 8:39 am

Repaving project Mass Ave and Beacon

After working overnight doing preparation work Thursday and Friday, crews are repaving Massachusetts Avenue from the intersection of Beacon Street to Marlborough Street today.

A construction worker told a detail police officer that they hoped to complete this part of the project today.

By - 8/3/15 - 9:05 am
Taxi drivers protest Uber on the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge between Boston and Cambridge

Bridge protest this morning. Photo by Lee McGuire.

Upset over Uber, natch. Shortly before 9 a.m., cab drivers blockaded the Mass. Ave. bridge into Cambridge. "Completely gridlocked traffic downtown," Christine Peterson reports.

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By - 7/21/15 - 11:33 pm
Flipped car on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston

Brinley Mooney looked out her window to see a car flipped on its side on Mass. Ave. between Beacon Street and the river.

By - 7/17/15 - 9:29 am

A boater spotted a body floating in the Charles around 6:50 a.m. near the Mass. Ave. Bridge, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

The body is that of an adult female. Investigators have a tentative identification; procedurally, we will only release that ID if her death is believed to be a result of criminal conduct.

UPDATE: Tentatively identified as a Boston woman in her 30s.

By - 6/12/15 - 5:22 pm
Halfway to hell on the Harvard Bridge

Nikki and Noelle noticed the marker pointing the way to MIT today. How much is that in Smoots?

By - 4/28/15 - 11:58 pm

Updated, 12:25 a.m.

For the second day in a row, Boston and Cambridge firefighters and State Police responded to the Massachusetts Avenue bridge on a report of a possible jumper, only to find no evidence on the bridge or in the water that somebody had actually jumped.

Firefighters used thermal imagers and sonar to search the water, after the report of a possible jumper mid-span came in shortly before 11:50 p.m.

The bridge was shut in both directions. Around 12:20 a.m., Boston firefighters began packing up and leaving.

By - 4/27/15 - 6:41 pm
Massachusetts Avenue Bridge scene

The scene on the bridge. Photo by WhiteHotOven.

The Boston Fire Department responded in force around 6 p.m. when a report came in of a possible jumper from the bridge, but after searching the water, firefighters found nothing and left.

By - 11/2/14 - 4:15 pm

Shortly after 4 p.m., Boston and Cambridge firefighters and Boston and State police began rushing to the Mass. Ave. Bridge on a report of a sailboat tipping over in the wind and dumping somebody in the water. Just as firefighters were about to begin their "tech rescue," however, the person managed to get back in the boat and make his way to shore on the Cambridge side - where he was met by troopers and Cambridge firefighters. He declined medical attention.

By - 8/16/14 - 6:51 pm
Oscar Meyer Wienermobile entering Cambridge.

David Cole spotted the Wienermobile on the Mass. Ave. bridge around 6 p.m.

By - 6/20/14 - 10:28 am

WBUR interviews Silvi Naci, who came up with the idea of "stitching" Boston and Cambridge together.

Among other things, she reports very few hipsters actually contributed to the project, so there.

By - 6/2/14 - 7:59 pm
Yarn bomb on the Msssachusetts Avenue Bridge

Marlena Love shows us some guerrilla knitters had some fun on the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge today.

Deborah Elizabeth Finn also paused to take in the city's newest yarn bombing:

Yarn bombing over the river
By - 2/16/14 - 12:00 am

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters were dispatched to the Mass. Ave. Bridge around 11:35 p.m. when somebody noticed a person on the ice on the Charles.

Mission accomplished:

Person is tethered with a rope and is now walking off of the frozen river to shore. ... Unknown why person was on the ice. Police to investigate.

By - 3/15/13 - 11:02 am

A body of a man pulled out of the Charles River yesterday is that of a 32-year-old South End man whose apparent jump into the river on Jan. 1 sparked a massive search that came up empty at the time, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adds:

The investigation during the intervening months into that man's death has not developed any indication of foul play. Because the case is not believed to be criminal in nature, his name is not being released.

By - 1/1/13 - 10:54 am

Boston and Cambridge divers conduct search. Photo by BFD.Boston and Cambridge divers conduct search. Photo by BFD.

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:

By - 6/18/12 - 3:28 pm

Motorcycle remains

State Police are investigating a crash on the Mass. Ave. Bridge around 2:30 p.m. that left a motorcyclist dead.

State Police released few details except that the motorcycle rider was a 20-year-old man who was pronounced dead at the scene and that driver of the SUV is being treated for "emotional distress."

Doug, who took this photo, said the SUV "had major front damage and airbag deployment."

Another view from the WBZ helicopter.

The driver of a Boston-bound 1 bus eventually executed a U-turn to get back to Cambridge:

By - 12/1/10 - 6:04 pm

A head-on collision at rush hour on the Mass. Ave. Bridge left one dead and created massive traffic problems.

Boston traffic on Mass.. Ave towards Cambridge is being detoured down Beacon Street, with police saying the bridge will be shut for "the foreseeable future."

Other streets in the area are also congested and the BU bridge is also heavy traffic.

Boston police are being sent to key intersections to prevent drivers gridlocking the cross streets.

By - 10/17/10 - 12:03 pm

The Globe's Neil Swidey writes an excellent account of a really sad story: The May night when a man jumped into the Charles from the Mass. Ave. Bridge to try to save his suicidal friend.