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.
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.
Joshua Simons, meanwhile, says one way to restore public confidence in tunnel safety would be to install bolt monitors in the tunnels and make the data available in realtime on a public Web site.
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)
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 OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 closed; tomorrow the left lanes will be closed. ...
Kimberly Atkins has the details of Romney's formal effort to remove Matt Amorello from office - which also includes a suit by three Romney appointees to the turnpike board against Amorello.
Spatch: Romney to Amorello: It's on, bitch:
... Too bad A. Romney's looking right into the eyes of 2008 when he bares his teeth, and B. someone had to die for the shakeup (shakedown?) to happen.
Harold M. Clemons casts a Roxbury eye on the Big Dig scandal:
... They compare it to the Hoover Dam and the Panama Canal. I compare it to the New Deal because, on its account, good, decent, hardworking white boys that aren't highly educated can still make honest wages sufficient to provide for their families, while darkies of similar education and rearing fill the unemployment rolls and watch the prosperity from afar. On my word I ain't seen a nigga workin' the 'Dig' yet and it's been goin' on since I was like 10! ...
Because nobody died on Lay's watch, Christine argues, suggesting that instead of a payment to make Amorello go away, the state should exile him to some remote Boston Harbor island.
Joe Dwinell tallies up the number of problem bolts - it's grown from 60 to 242.
One Boston visitor reports his anxiety in driving through the Ted Williams Tunnel today:
Tim Lavallee reports that northbound traffic through the Tip O'Neill tunnel slowed this morning when some guy started strolling through the tunnel:
... He seemed to come from nowhere and crossed all four lanes just near exit 26 to Storrow Drive. ...
Tim Lavallee took a deep breath then drove home via the Big Dig last night:
left work tonight expecting the longest commute home ever. Instead, the Big Dig was empty like a Sunday morning. Traffic on the southbound side was very, very light. Even the usual slow down areas, such as the tunnel exit to the South Bay mall, was a speed limit breeze. ...
On Boston Crazy Driving, Tim notes the latest appearance of SYMS graffiti in an improbable place, this time on the giant sign hanging over I-93 alerting drivers to exits 11A and B in Dorchester:
... But he ran out of room and could only paint SYM on it. It was painted in black with a white outline. There were other markings in red paint that said R.I.P. for someone, apparently turning the tag into a tribute. ...
On the one hand, Tim admires the graffiti tagger who has gotten his giant "Syms" on locations that are obviously difficult to reach - such as the side of the I-93 upper deck.
On the other hand, Tim wishes the guy would knock it off already:
... There's a lot of graffiti out there that actually makes things look better. This doesn't. This is just about ego, and Syms should be ashamed rather than proud.
Eka's son needed to be rushed to the Children's emergency room yesterday - forcing her to make this request:
... Please - if you see an ambulance behind you with glaring lights and it's sirens on full blast - MOVE OUT OF THE WAY. It was awful - I was terrified that something was going to happen while we were trapped on 93 and that the ambulance wouldn't be equipped to help him. An absolutely awful feeling. ...
On Boston Crazy Driving, Tim says good-bye to the old Sunbeam billboard on I-93 in Dorchester, which came down last week:
... The change leaves me cold because now it seems like driving into Boston is no different than driving into Cleveland or Jacksonville. It wasn't a major landmark, but it was one that reminded me of some great childhood memories of coming into Boston.
On Boston Crazy Driving, Tim discovers he's not the only one to loop around Logan waiting for an incoming flight rather than parking, wonders why the lady in the minivan is going 25 in the HOV lane in the tunnel and concludes that the Big Dig has improved traffic:
... Everyone was supremely impressed, not in me, but in the fact that it seems like maybe the Big Dig might have been worth it after all. Or, as my sister-in-law wryly pointed out, our traffic is getting better because everyone is leaving.