State Police report that giant American flag that had been flying from the Zakim supports fell this morning, wrapping up a southbound car in its red, white and blueness, but causing no injuries or other crashes.
Justin Porter looked out his window around 5:30 p.m. and saw lots of motionless vehicles on and near the Zakim.
Liz Carney led a Dot Art Paint for Peace Day at Savin Hill Beach today that ended with the hanging of this banner across I-93. Photo by Peter McNamara.
State Police report that when a trooper rolled up to a car stopped in the high-speed lane near exit 13 around 4:50 this morning, he found an apparently unconscious man behind the wheel. Who then woke up and took off:
Nicole Oliverio at WHDH tweets the driver of one of the station's news vans had just gotten on I-93 south when she realized somebody was on the roof. Seems somebody with places to go but no way to get there had climbed on somewhere between the station's Government Center offices and the I-93 ramp.
The guy surprisingly wasn't hurt. Said he needed a ride, but didn't have $$
MassDOT reports it's opening the remaining fourth-lane sections of 128, er, 93/95/1/Hut!, between Randolph and Westwood this week. Schedule of segment openings. Important note:
With the opening of the new fourth travel lane, the authorized use of the breakdown lane for travel during weekday peak commuting periods will be discontinued to enhance driver safety and provide emergency vehicle access.
In other words, from now on, the breakdown lane is only for breaking down in.
The Herald reports on some car-to-car shooting around 1 a.m. on the Randolph/Braintree section of I-93.
I-93 north of the Zakim, at least, according to the new iPhone Maps app.
A man who drove his pickup the wrong way on the northbound side of I-93 just before the O'Neill Tunnel died earlier this morning when he crashed into an SUV coming the right way and he was thrown from his vehicle, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Idefonso Barros, 58, of Roxbury, was taken to Tufts Medical Center, where he died, the DA's office reports.
A woman fell to her death around 2:30 p.m. from the lower deck of I-93 in Charlestown to the Boston Sand and Gravel property below. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports her car was found on the deck: "The woman's death does not appear suspicious and it is currently being investigated as a non-homicide."
UPDATE: State officials are blaming an "oversize truck" for taking out one of those lane-marker things, BostInno reports - so yes, it's always September in the O'Neill Tunnel.
Peter Denham was stuck in traffic on I-93 south in Dorchester Thursday afternoon, which gave him the time to see a giant fiery teapot in the sky as the sun set.
A tractor trailer carrying a full load of clay rolled over around 5:30 a.m. on the lower Deck just before the Zakim Bridge, spilling its load, fuel and oil and shutting the road, State Police report. The driver was taken to Mass. General with minor injuries.
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.