MassDOT reports it will permanently shut the on ramp down to the Massachusetts Turnpike from Clarendon Street on Sept. 3 because hardly anybody uses it and it's really a pretty crappy little on ramp.
This on-ramp has limited sight distance for drivers, meaning they have little visibility of other vehicles when they are merging onto the highway, and it is too short for vehicles to accelerate to the appropriate speed at the access point. The crash rate at this on-ramp is also higher than the rates at other on-ramps in the local area.
Back Bay drivers with the need for speed will still be able to get onto I-90, which would take them clear across the country if only they had the time, at Arlington and Dartmouth (and, of course, Mass. Ave.).
Just to bring final closure to the benighted lramp, MassDOT will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the BPL in Copley Square, at which residents can express their feelings on the ramp's impending demise, not that anything they say would much matter, given how definite MassDOT already is about shutting the thing down.