Around 12:40 p.m., debris sitting atop a switch on the inbound Green Line tracks just before Blandford started to smoulder and then just plain out began burning. From inside an inbound trolley, Lucas Neves watched a T inspector try to deal with the situation before Boston firefighters arrived to douse the hot mess.
Zef shows us the aftermath of a head-on crash on the outbound side of Commonwealth Avenue near Allston Street (Allston's vortex of doom, of course), around 10:45 p.m.
Both outbound lanes blocked by police cruiser. One inbound lane taken up by fire trucks.
UPDATE: Zef reports that one outbound driver, impatient at the delays, tried to get around the scene by driving on the inbound side of Comm. Ave. - where he was promptly chased and stopped by police.
State officials say they've had to push back replacement of the aging Comm. Ave. bridge over the turnpike by a year because of design mistakes by an engineering firm working on the project.
The delay, however, means the state is increasing the number of open lanes in each direction on the turnpike under the bridge from three to four lanes. Read more.
Penny Cherubino reports both snowdrops and daffodils were coming up in a front yard on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay today.
The T is reporting "severe" delays on the B Line due to a "power problem" near Chestnut Hill Avenue. The buses are rolling between Babcock and BC.
Sarah Matthews shows us part of the memorial somebody set up on Commonwealth Avenue at Cummings Road tonight for the 26 children and teachers murdered at Sandy Hook three years ago.
The Brighton Marine Health Center says it's going to build 108 units of housing on its campus because helping veterans get a place to live is more important than assuaging the Secretary of State of the Commonwealth.
At issue are several structures on the campus that the health center wants to raze to make way for the apartments. Read more.
Perry Donham alerts us that BU will be doing some drone-filming along Comm. Ave. and the Charles River through 6 p.m.
The City of Boston Public Works Department last night presented new plans for the reconstruction of Commonwealth Avenue between Brighton Avenue (Packards Corner) and Warren/Kelton Streets.
To create space for wider sidewalks and dedicated space for people biking, it was proposed that left-side angled parking be removed from the carriage road and any remaining angled parking be reconfigured to parallel parking along the curb. Read more.
An upcoming $20-million revamp of Comm. Ave. from Packards Corner to Warren Street could include new plazas at Harvard Avenue aimed at turning the huge intersection into a place where people would actually want to hang out. Read more.
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