The Globe today reports the state Department of Transportation has some ambitious plans for the land and air around the turnpike/93 interchange in Chinatown, which it hopes will eventually become a new gateway to the city, featuring new development and parks.
Parks, huh? The photo above is the latest on file with the city's Citizen Connect service from Mary Soo Hoo Park, the little plaza at the pedestrian gateway to Chinatown that is owned by the state Department of Transportation - or at least, that's what the city and the Greenway Conservancy keep telling residents in explaining why their crews can't pick up the trash that keeps getting left there. A couple of weeks ago, the city actually did dispatch a DPW crew to remove trash, but this latest complaint is marked "closed:"
Case Referred to External Agency. Mass dot jurisdiction. details forwarded.
But not because it was held up with rusty paper clips but because a car on the top level of a car carrier knocked into a bunch of light fixtures, the Globe reports. And isn't it nice to see that Big Dig designers paid homage to Storrow Drive by designing a tunnel with height restrictions?
Wicked Local Randolph reports Randolph police chased two stolen cars from a Randolph apartment complex into Boston early this morning: One chase ended with a crash off the Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, the other ended when the thief managed to lose the cops in the O'Neill Tunnel.
The Globe reports some guy from Martha's Vineyard learned this morning you're not allowed to ride a bike on I-93, when State Police stopped him in Milton, gave him a ticket and told him to not do it again.
An Everett man was speeding and sideswiped another driver before crashing into a Jersey barrier and rolling over around 5 a.m. on I-93 northbound by Freeport Street, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Edison Correa, 23, will likely face charges now that it looks like he will survive the head trauma he suffered in the crash, the DA's office says. Correa was initially non-responsive when emergency crews arrived on scene, but is now in stable condition at Boston Medical Center, the DA's office reports.
A repeat drunk driver created a swath of destruction starting in his girlfriend's apartment and ending in a car crash on I-93 in Dorchester early this morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office charges.
Prosecutors say Charles Rampino, 47, of Jamaica Plain, went into a drunken rage at his girlfriend's apartment on Pearl Street in Dorchester, tearing the place apart and pushing her against a wall. He ran out, spotted a Jeep with keys in the ignition and took off - after punching the Jeep's owner, a food-delivery guy - in the face.
NorthEndWaterfront.com gets briefed on what's in a consultant's report on re-routing of trucks along Atlantic and Commercial avenues. In fact, the report goes further - urging all hazmat trucks to stay out of the city altogether and stick to 95 and 128 unless they're making deliveries to local businesses.
William Monopoli, 26, of Buzzards Bay, was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail following a Friday chase that started on I-93 south in Dorchester and ended only when he crashed his car 30 miles away, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Boston Police had initially tried to pull Monopoli for a probation violation, but he sped away. After evading one trooper, at speeds of up to 80 m.p.h., the DA's office says, Monopoli's Ford Ranger hit a pickup truck near Milton Square - whose occupant avoided injury - then fled further south onto Rte. 24:
Kennedy famously made sure Rupert Murdoch had to choose between keeping Channel 25 and the Herald (a couple decades after the feds stripped the Herald-Traveler of its TV license) and now the Federal Highway Administration thinks the state should make Herald owner Pat Purcell take down the billboard atop the (eventually to be former) Herald plant next to the E
Around 9 a.m., Meredith Spencer tweeted:
Huge accident on 28/McGrath OBrien hwy at 93 on ramp just past old Assembly Sq Mall. Traffic completely blocked.
The aneurysm was repaired in time for the morning rush and motorists are no longer advised to bring parachutes.
MassDOT says I-93 north will be down to one lane tonight as crews continue to fight the Car-Eating Pothole of Doom, and suggests these alternates:
- Drivers on I-93 heading northbound toward Boston from the south should use Route 128/Interstate 95;
- Drivers leaving the downtown area headed northwest should take I-90 west to Route 128/I-95 north to I-93 north of the city;
- Drivers leaving the downtown area headed north may use the Tobin Bridge/Route 1 to Interstate 95.
This one damaged six cars this morning before State Police shut down two lanes, Channel 4 reports.
On I-93 north in Medford near Roosevelt Circle. It has the right two lanes closed, and traffic is backed up past the Zakim Bridge at this point.
The one saving grace of the rollover around 6:30 this morning at Savin Hill was that it was on the southbound side. Local 718 is tweeting the cleanup, which shut the entire southbound side for awhile.
Remember the woman who got in trouble for driving in the Expressway HOV lane with a mannequin? The dummy has a Facebook page. Don't know about the lady.
The Globe reports a woman got a ticket yesterday when a trooper noticed she was driving in the HOV lane on the Expressway with a mannequin, rather than the required second person.
Coming down I-93 south through Windham New Hampshire earlier, I noticed one of the "smart work zone" message boards for the widening work displaying "NO DELAYS TO EXIT 1" / "MASS S/L (means state line) 6 MILES".
But what really caught my attention was that this message board was placed right next to a permanent milepost indicating "South 93 MILE 4.8".
And of course, Murphy won again - this was the morning I left my camera at home.