The state begins its new toll-plaza-less tolling system on the Tobin tomorrow. Drivers with EZ-Pass transponders will have $2.50 added to their bill for every inbound trip. Drivers without the transponders will have their license plates photographed and scanned and a bill for $3 will go to the registered owner of the vehicle for each trip.
State Police say they've identified a Chelsea man as the person who caused a crash that injured five people on the Tobin Bridge around 11:30 a.m. and that once they find him will charge him with a variety of offenses, including speeding and leaving the scene of an accident.
State Police say the Corolla driver, 38, ran down the ramp from the lower deck into... Read more
The state says it's permanently blocking the leftmost cash lane on the bridge tonight as it begins to prod motorists into getting an E-Z Pass transponder in preparation for all electronic toll collection later this year.
If you have a fondness for the leftmost tollbooth, visit it before 10 tonight.
Shortly before 9 a.m., landed on Terminal Street in Charlestown, didn't survive. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:
It appears that the deceased was on foot and went over the rail on the northbound side of the bridge.
MassDOT said today it's begun firing up the new toll system that will replace the current Tobin toll plaza this summer:
The cameras and technology, necessary to collect tolls at the posted speed limit, are in place as motorists exit the Tobin Bridge to Rutherford Ave or Interstate 93 (customers may notice a flash associated with this testing). MassDOT will work to limit the intensity... Read more
Explain what this is? Recently put up after getting off Tobin Bridge headed to 93SB.
On Terminal Street in Charlestown, around 11 a.m. An empty car was found shortly after on the bridge itself.
UPDATE: The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports the man was a 37-year-old Newburyport resident. "Uniformed troopers and State Police detectives from our office are investigating, but the death is currently being investigated as a non-homicide."
And at these heights, I can see why.
Firefighters from Boston and Chelsea, State Police troopers and the Boston Fire Marine Unit all converged on the Tobin Bridge late this afternoon on reports a man looked like he might want to jump from the upper level.
Then the man sauntered into the toll plaza. Ed Baur reports:
It was Crew Member from the Ship... Read more
A man got out of a car on the upper level and jumped around 9:20 a.m. Although a witness initially reported seeing the person in netting on the lower level, a firefighter discovered the person's body at a construction site below the bridge.
State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are investigating, although a spokesman for the DA's office says the death... Read more
Lands on a car, doesn't survive, around 3:30 p.m.
At 8:34 a.m., State Police reported:
Tobin Bridge, Rt 1 SB, CLOSED. There is currently a truck fully engulfed, adjacent to the top of the Everett St on-ramp.
UPDATE, 8:51: State Police say the fire is out and one lane reopened.
A concerned citizen files a complaint from above the Mystic:
These cows just pooped all over the lower deck of the Tobin Bridge. Got on cars. Could someone please cleanup? Rain won't get there. Thanks.
Pete Leslie wonders if we need some sort of education program for photographers who are increasingly likely to get our two iconic bridges mixed up.
State House News Service reports the state Department of Transportation plans to replace Tobin Bridge tollbooths with an "open tolling" system that will either debit your E-ZPass account or snap a photo of your license plate and then send you a bill. Could be in place by year's end.
A man headed southbound on the Tobin Bridge pulled his car over on the Charlestown side around 2:20 p.m. and jumped over the railing to his death, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
State Police and Boston firefighters and EMTs responded. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the incident "is currently being investigated as a non-homicide," the DA's office says. An ID... Read more
The Herald reports Gov. Patrick is looking at replacing toll takers with electronic systems.