Driving

By - 9/4/15 - 8:20 am
Workers at big water-main break in Cambridge

The hole at 7 a.m. Photo by Erik Maki. See it larger.

Cambridge Police report on the water-main break at JFK and Mt. Auburn streets this morning:

Inbound traffic to Harvard Square from Memorial Drive will be closed. Traffic coming east from Mt. Auburn Street will be diverted to Eliot to JFK Street outbound to Memorial Drive. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area during the AM commute and likely through the weekend.

Without water, some businesses have shut.

By - 9/3/15 - 8:25 pm

An outraged citizen kvetches about how the city tries to keep streets clear for street cleaning:

I think it's ridiculous that cars are ticketed AND towed for street cleaning now...what is this North Korea?

Ed. note: Well, not in Charlestown.

By - 9/3/15 - 5:12 pm

A South Boston man with one OUI conviction under his belt and facing charges for another alleged OUI incident was ordered held without bail after he allegedly hit a woman walking across Day Boulevard yesterday evening - sending her 15 feet into the air - and then just driving off, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 9/2/15 - 5:43 pm
Bike on Storrow Drive

Jonathan Berks came upon what could have been an awful Storrowing involving a bike today.

By - 9/2/15 - 5:01 pm
Protected BMW

Runner Cait ran across this BMW protected with swim noodles in the Back Bay today.

By - 9/2/15 - 2:00 pm

The City Council today unanimously proposed an ordinance that lets police fine any scooter or ATV riders they see popping wheelies, standing on the seats or doing other stunts on city streets. Read more.

By - 9/1/15 - 6:58 pm
Truck almost slams into Bridge on Storrow Drive

Jared Dobson can only utter a hearty "Tis the season!" as he waits to get by a moving van with a driver alert enough to stop before slamming into a Storrow footbridge shortly before 6:30 p.m., if not alert enough to pay attention to any of the "CARS ONLY" signs earlier on his journey. Read more.

Kevin, meanwhile, gives us the eye-in-the-sky view from the footbridge:

By - 9/1/15 - 9:04 am
New lane markings at Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street in the Back Bay

Penny Cherubino at BostonZest shows us the newly re-striped intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street this morning.

Electronic signboards now warn motorists to "BE ALERT FOR CYCLISTS."

The intersection is where Anita Kurmann was struck and killed by a semi while bicycling earlier this month.

By - 8/31/15 - 8:27 pm
Tree down on Fairfield Street in the Back Bay

NotThatWeird reports a massive tree on Fairfield Street near Comm. Ave. came crashing to the ground tonight, blocking the road - after it got smashed into by the cab of a passing U-Haul.

By - 8/30/15 - 10:38 pm

UPDATE: Road reopened at 11:30 p.m.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. just south of the Americas Food Basket mall. Van flipped on its side; at least three injuries. The road is shut south of Metropolitan Avenue.

By - 8/30/15 - 1:19 pm
Kenmore Square as students move in

Julio Salado looked out his Kenmore Square window as students moved in today.

Meanwhile, JGD reports:

When Zakim bridge tunnel flashes "all rental trucks do not use Storrow Drive" we know parents are on campus!

By - 8/29/15 - 3:12 pm

State Police report a Norwood man died in a crash on the northbound side of the O'Neill Tunnel around midnight. Read more.

By - 8/28/15 - 9:01 pm
Truck helped off Storrow Drive by State Police

Maybe state officials should extend their river-road warnings to big-rig companies, too. Lenny Rove watched State Police get an 18-wheeler off Storrow Drive westbound after it failed to hit any bridges.

By - 8/28/15 - 5:39 pm
Massachusetts Avenue suspicious package

The scene on Mass. Ave. Photo by Mario N.

Police have shut off traffic on Mass. Ave. between Huntington and Columbus due to a suspicious package at St. Botolph St. Fire crews and EMS on the way, just in case.

UPDATE, 5:45 p.m. Roads being reopened. Patty reports it appeared to be a pink and blue suitcase.

By - 8/28/15 - 12:02 am

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m., Friday: Police say the woman remains alive.

A woman was hit by a car and wound up under it around 11:30 p.m. at Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue in Dorchester. Both the homicide unit and the fatal-accident reconstruction team were called in. The driver remained at the scene.

Columbia Road was shut in both directions for the investigation.

Photo of the scene.

By - 8/26/15 - 5:25 pm
A note asking for an explanation of a cone on a car in Brighton

Just because it's not the middle of winter doesn't mean we have to go without confounding parking notes. Brad Burns found this note - and attached pen on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton today.

By - 8/24/15 - 9:34 pm

A Westwood Police surveillance camera captured another truck hitting the train bridge over East Street (skip ahead to 0:30), but this one was nothing compared to the one last week. As police put it:

Minor damage to the truck, Bridge is still doing great.

By - 8/21/15 - 7:35 pm
People in East Boston

Does the city respond faster to 311 requests if you wave to the camera? Here's the latest example of people in their complaint photos, in this case, a couple of folks who want a Handicap Parking sign moved one door down on Sumner Street in East Boston.

By - 8/21/15 - 6:28 pm
Clogged roads near South Station

Mike McD. shows us what happens when roads around South Station are shut at rush hour to give firefighters easier access to a track fire near South Station, in particular, Kneeland Street and Atlantic Avenue.

By - 8/21/15 - 3:27 pm

Wait for it, wait for it ... BOOM! A truck whose driver was too busy setting the standard for food distribution excellence wiped out spectacularly at Westwood's infamous East Street train bridge yesterday. Video by Westwood PD.

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