Walsh Construction Co. of Chicago today begins a four-month contract to tear down the condemned Long Island bridge. The city shut the bridge in October as unsafe.
Even as Walsh starts its $20.5-million demo, the city has still to figure out how to replace the homeless and substance-abuse treatment programs that were based on the island. The Boston Public Health Commission holds a hearing in Mattapan tomorrow to discuss its plans to use its Mattapan campus to replace some of the beds lost with the bridge closure.
Converse lit up the sign atop its new headquarters at Lovejoy Wharf at 5 p.m. today with a fireworks display set to "Enter the Sandman" by Metallica.
The North End Regional Review shows us the proposed replacement for the old bridge between the North End and Charlestown. The city hopes to begin replacement in 2016.
UPDATE, 11:42 a.m. Cab is out of the sand. Nothing found leaking into the water.
The truck slipped off tracks onto the bard around 11 a.m. and its cab's tires wound up in sand by the island's dock.
According to the mayor's office:
The shells provide the calcium young oysters need to grow as part of the Project's efforts to use oysters as natural filters to keep the harbor clean - not to raise slurpy goodness for local diners:
Italian in Boston wonders what the deal is with these floating huts in Boston Harbor.
Eileen Murphy watched a Coast Guard cutter just off Castle Island this morning.
Mucka Finyardi looked across the water and Christopher Columbus Park at Long Wharf the other night.
Shelter residents and workers weren't the only ones affected by this week's shutdown of the Long Island Bridge. The Boston Fire Department reports its recruits, who train on neighboring Moon Island, were pressed into service today to rescue 17 chickens at the Boston Public Health Commission's farm on Long Island.
They walked across the bridge to help the chickens cross to the other side, although first they had to catch them:
Yes, the chickens were evasive.
A department spokesman adds:
The mayor's office says it remains committed to rebuilding the Long Island bridge that was shut last night, but that even under the best circumstances, design, environmental analysis and actual construction could take five years and cost $80 million.
Even before the bridge was shut as unsafe, the city had been preparing bid documents for $9 million in design work, half of which would be paid for by the state.
In the worst case, the city of Quincy, which has long expressed reservations at Boston's nerve in routing traffic through its streets, could tie up the project for years.
WFXT reports the city today shut the long decaying bridge to Long Island, forcing the Boston Public Health Commission to find alternate quarters for the more than up to 400 homeless people who normally spend the night at a shelter there.
Neal Gaffey watched the Brilliance of the Seas passing Castle Island on its way out to sea today.
Tim Colby watched the sun come up over Boston Harbor and the South Boston waterfront this morning.
State Police report arresting a North Andover man on a charge of boating under the influence after troopers on harbor patrol rescued him and five passengers from his 50-foot Sea Ray boat, sinking between Spectacle Island and the Long Island Bridge shortly after 7 p.m.
State Police say Paul Boulanger's boat hit a rock and began to sink. Some passengers suffered minor injuries as a result of being thrown from the bridge to the front of the boat during the collision.
Rob Wright watched the sunset and sundogs on either side of the sun over downtown from East Boston this evening.