Albert Aubrey was arraigned today on charges he killed a friend by driving off an I-93 ramp in March.
Officials charge Aubrey, 20, of Manchester, NH, drove his car into Boston Sand & Gravel - 70 feet below. Aubrey survived, but passenger John "Jake" Anderson did not. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office says its evidence shows that Aubrey had been drinking heavily... Read more
Exactly when did it become acceptable to have children fund-raise by sending them with canisters into expressway off-ramps to essentially beg for money? I saw a pee-wee football league in my beloved Dorchester doing that today to raise money for uniforms or something. ...
Two more, in the same basic area on the Southeast Expressway as the one that got wedged in a bus yesterday; one driver lost control and slammed into a Jersey barrier.
Two car accidents (one fatal) 25 miles apart were enough to create highway gridlock throughout the Boston area this afternoon.
Freewayjim presents: Big Dig Drive - the world's most expensive video game:
Look, you can change the path of Rte. 1 so it no longer goes down the VFW Parkway, leading us to wonder how to tell people where the Dedham Mall used to be.
But now Channel 5 is running a poll to see if traffic reporters should start calling the highway between I-95 and the Braintree split I-93 instead of Rte. 128.
Listen,... Read more
Cindy and Jeff give today's blazingly obvious traffic tip: Don't speed on the Leverett Connector/Tobin loop ramps, and you probably won't plunge 70 feet into either sand or gravel.
Lewis Forman notes the latest plunging-vehicle news and wonders:
With another vehicle falling off the Leverett Connector loop and onto a vehicle 70 feet below, is it now time to say that ramp is extremely unsafe? I'm still grappling with how a 3 and a half foot (a personal guess) barrier is supposed to stop a vehicle from going over the edge. Even at... Read more
... I do admit I have concerns of crime once moving to Boston, but that has more to do with the "unknown" factor and the fact that America is obsessed... Read more
A very special kind of idiot, according to Cindy at SmartRoutes, who reports watching him (via a traffic camera on the Fortress building) cross the highway rather than use the nearby Southampton Street overpass:
... For the next several minutes, we watched as he stood against the guardrail in the breakdown lane and seemingly waited for the right time to dart into highway traffic.... Read more
Car plunges to gravel site from ramp, killing man (although the absolute worst roadway in America for us acrophobes has to be the High Bridges into Charleston, SC - shudder!).
Disclosure: Back when I worked at a daily newspaper, I programmed our wire-service story-alert system to notify me whenever Associated Press moved a story about bus plunges - with which I would then compile... Read more
Cindy and Jeff drive home the point that local traffic patterns have changed since the Largest Highway in the History of Mankind opened up - and they show you who's got it better and who's got it worse on brightly colored maps that will look familar to anybody who's ever played later models of SimCity.... Read more
OK, John Daley isn't arguing for that, but he examines how to get to Roxbury from the Southeast Expressway these days and concludes:
... In many ways, we were better off before the Big Dig.
No, we're not talking about anti-terrorism stuff here. We're talking about how impossible it now is to actually get there - even if you live just 15 minutes away, as Korte reports:
... I amble over to Southie and find Broadway, eventually getting back on Rte 93 North. Amusingly, there is no exit directly to the airport on 93 North anymore (chuckle chuckle)
I... Read more
It's not just the eastbound Ted Williams Tunnel that was ordered shut today. Mac Daniels reports:
... Two lanes of I-93 North from the Oâ€™Neill Tunnel entrance to the Atlantic Avenue on-ramp will closed at night until further notice from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning. The two tunnel lanes will close alternately. Tonight the right lanes in the tunnel will be... Read more
State Sen. Marian Walsh wants another Ward Commission to keep the Big Dig debacle from ever happening again (for you whippersnappers, the Ward Commission exposed endless corruption and greed after UMass buildings started crumbling).
Great idea, Sco writes:
... I can't see how DiMasi could object unless he's afraid of what such a commission might uncover or whose feathers it might ruffle. The... Read more