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.
The state Department of Transportation alerts us that I-93 north between Columbia Road in Dorchester and Rte. 28 at the Medford/Stoneham line will be subjected to a two-lane rolling roadblock as crews patch potholes between 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow.
"Some delays should be expected," they say.
It's so windy a light pole was blown across 93 north by Andrew Square, reducing the highway to a single travel lane, Lori Magno reports.
Mark Garfinkel reports on a mannequin that appears to be about to pull an Orange Line from a billboard just past the Zakim at the Charlestown/Somerville line:
... Two calls were placed to Boston and Somerville fire departments regarding a possible suicidal man on top of a billboard yesterday morning. ...
Mark also provides a photo.
Might be good to avoid towns with names beginning with M today:
Channel 4 reports flames shot 20 to 30 feet in the air when manholes exploded on Main Street in Medford around 10:30 a.m. and that several thousand people are now without power.
William Fleurant tweets traffic is, as you might expect, a mess there (where 38, 16 and I-93 come together).
MBTA Police report power went out at the Malden Orange Line station, trapping one person in an elevator.
Take that, WGBH! The Carpenters Center reports workers today installed the giant LED screen thingee on the side of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters HQ now rapidly nearing completion off the Expressway in Dorchester:
... Although it is 50% transparent, it is capable of displaying a 400 x 600 pixel image which is approximately a 1 megapixel photo. The display can handle millions of colors.
The display will be the highest-resolution transparent LED display in the world and will be seen by over 280,000 viewers per day. There are only one or two transparent LED installations in the US which are approximately half the resolution of this display and 1/3 the potential brightness - making this sign clearly visible in the middle of the day. ...
With photos of the behemoth screen.
The state's opened up its traffic cameras to the public, so now you can see what state traffic engineers see along Rte. 128, the Southeast Expressway, Rte. 3 north of 128, three spots on I-93 between 128 and the Zakim and near the Sagamore Bridge.
Man dies in rollover on I-93 south in Andover.
Thanks to Beth for the headline suggestion.