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 have to understand that it wasn't the Patrick administration who oversaw this shoddy project, and that it's worth any price to prevent what happened in Minneapolis from happening here. ...
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. ...
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 at a party before the crash and that friends tried to keep him from leaving:
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.
Couple this with Josh Simons's HazMat game (identify hazardous cargos by the numbers on the placards on the back of the trucks) and you get a new way to spice up the commute: "Say, Bob, whadaya think would happen if a flying manhole cover sliced through that truck with the '3' hazardous placard?"
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.
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 low speeds, let alone a heavily loaded tractor trailer.
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:
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!).
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.