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Crumbling Forest Hills bridge torn down overnight
By adamg on Mon, 04/02/2012 - 7:09am
No, don't worry, the Casey Overpass still stands. Late yesterday, Christian Scott forwarded this report about the old Tollgate bridge:
In the early hours of this morning the MBTA or AMTRAK or somebody removed the pedestrian bridge you posted about last month. I saw it being craned onto a flatbed this morning inside the lumber yard.
The phantom Tollgate.
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Nice job documenting this before it disappeared forever! Did the idea appear to you in a dream? Or is this just another inside job...
Yes, I'm a seer without peer
Either that, or I just finally heard the Voice on the T announce "Tollgate Way" so many times on the 34 to Forest Hills that I finally decided to take some pictures and figure out what the story was and just got very fortunate with the timing.
I saw them working on this
Drove by around 9:45, Saturday night. There was a giant crane in the lumber yard, and lots of additional equipment by the ice house. Tons of cops, too, and flat bed trucks parked in the Gourmet Caterers of Boston lot. I didn't realize they were taking the bridge, and actually entertained the idea that some movie scene might be shot there, as there were tons of flood lights focused on the bridge.
Oh well, one more bit of our interesting transportation past disappears. :(
Thanks. Now at least
I won't do a double take when I drive by and wonder what is missing.
Clearly, they were afraid
Clearly, they were afraid that with the new development and grocery being built someone would start demanding that it be re-opened. It would have been nice, actually.
Wish I Had Known This Was Happening
MY WIFE grew up in the area, and she absolutely hated having to cross that bridge on her way to and from school. Combination of fear of heights and (even then) decrepitude of the structure. Could have been fun for her to go see it removed forever!
Given that they took the
Given that they took the stairs down some time around the Reagan administration, I'd say we're right on schedule for government work.
For a little history of the bridge:
...you missed the opportunity for a barb on union workers, a dig on Cadillac Deval and something about Obama. C'mon man, you gots a quota to meet (GASP....quotas!!!)
I grew up right around the corner on Wenham St. I spent a large fraction of my misspent teenage years hanging out on the stairs of that bridge. Its sad to hear it's gone.
>> "the MBTA or AMTRAK or somebody removed the pedestrian bridge"
I'm voting for "someone", maybe one of my teenage buddies.