Mike G watched crews taking down one of the piers that used to hold up the Casey Overpass last night.
Ed. note: They could defray some of the costs by letting people with some aggression to get out get five minutes behind the controls of one of those things.
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https://youtu.be/c445QyIBh6A Orange Line Deconstruction
I kind of hate to ask this, but is this what I'm hearing all the way over on Kittredge Street at night?
If you've seen my comments in the past, you might know that I may or may not be involved in another bridge project in Boston. The other night, I was in my driveway and heard the hoe rams (yes, I just like to say that because it's funny and construction has lots of funny names for things..) and felt like I was on site at work. I then thought about the thousands of people between me and that work and wondered how loud this was for everyone in between.
The work needs to happen, so don't get me wrong, but I thought it seemed pretty loud all things considered.
I couldn't believe how awesome it was to see the sky where the other sections of roadway had been removed. Felt like the first time I got to see the North End with no elevated road obscuring it...
I'll go back to working on 'my' bridge now. One salt (or is it pepper at this point?) shaker to go! Slightly less noisy operation than this one.
Of course it is what you're hearing. Some of the work simply must happen at night to provide for the safety of pedestrians and traffic below.
But as the video shows, Barletta is doing what it can to help the discomfort of demolition pass quickly, taking things down as quickly and efficiently as they can.
For that this neighbor is grateful.
To add to what my erstwhile opponent on this notes, you wouldn't want them doing the work at 3 in the afternoon, since they would have to shut roads down entirely. And since the Globe noted last week that afternoon commutes through several of the main roads are 8 to 10 minutes longer on average since construction began, doing in the daytime would be much, much worse.
I would imagine that once the areas over Washington and South Streets are cleared, night work will cease. I have heard it in my abode at the bottom of your hill, but I've had to deal with worse. Now if the people right next to the overpass are okay with the disruption, I could see a problem, but if they can deal with it, so can we.
Those Globe averages included the horrific first week, when neither drivers nor BTD had fully adapted to the new traffic patterns. The first-week spikes on the data charts carry more weight that they would now.
The roads aren't paved with gold and strewn with rose-petals - yet - but they're better than that first week.
I was surprised by the numbers. Then again, I only use the roads in the morning- when the commute was a minute or two longer- and on the Roslindale part of Washington Street- which had some afternoon nightmares along with some rough morning commutes, but nothing like what I read.
But yeah, construction will do that. You need to break the eggs to cook them. My hope is that the eggs don't get burnt in the frying pan.
Still pessimistic but hoping to be proven wrong. Just glad someone did some reporting on this. I hope they come back when the thing is done.
Who wouldn't want to be in the drivers' seat of one of these destructive camels? Looks fun.
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