Boston Police report that an alleged shoplifter at the Target at the South Bay mall caused a bit of a commotion on the neighboring Southeast Expressway around 2:30 p.m. yesterday:
As the officer continued to pursue the suspect, he fled across the parking lot, and then jumped the barriers alongside 93 South, and ran directly in the path of oncoming traffic causing numerous cars... Read more
Casey Ross has the details on proposals to raise $20 billion over the next 20 years just to keep our existing roads, bridges, tunnels and public transit systems from falling apart even more. How about 5-cent/mile tolls on I-93, I-95, I-495, to start?
Globe: US sees flaw in Zakim Bridge.
... No doubt [Transportation Secretary] Cohen and his boss, Gov. Deval Patrick, are freaking out at the prospect of another multizillion-dollar repair job. But people will... Read more
Sean Roche is getting annoyed that Turnpike tolls will be going up again to help pay for the Big Dig:
... Higher, peak-priced tolls on the 'Pike would be welcome (with standard caveats about managing the impact on the complex transportation infrastructure).
But, it's insane that I-93 remains a free ride, especially given that technology exists to charge vehicles without erecting a single tollbooth.... Read more
The state Attorney General's office reports that Powers Fasteners of Brewster, NY, has been indicted on one count of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Milena del Valle's death from falling tunnel ceiling panels last summer.
Powers made the glue that was supposed to help hold the 3,000-pound panels in place.
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