State senators and representatives from either side of the Longfellow Bridge want the state to keep the "flex posts" that separate the Longfellow bike lanes from cars over the winter.
MassDOT currently plans to have workers remove the plastic posts on Sunday to make it easier to plow the bridge after snowstorms - after originally promising to keep them in place year round.
In a letter today to state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, state senators Joseph Boncore (1st Suffolk and Middlesex) and Sal DiDomenico (Middlesex and Suffolk) and state representatives Jay Livingstone (8th Suffolk) and Mike Connolly (26th Middlesex) said they want MassDOT to leave those cones alone, at least until it can show a plan that will protect bicyclists as well as the flex posts have.
We are incredibly disappointed to learn that MassDOT has now announced that it is reneging on its specific commitment and removing flex posts from the bridge. We are also disappointed that MassDOT has not announced any other safety measures for the bridge to mitigate in any way the removal of the flex posts.
Copy of the letter.
MassDOT says it will put the posts back "at the conclusion of the snow and ice season:"
After receiving stakeholder input and reviewing snow removal options, MassDOT made the decision to remove the vertical flex posts for the winter so that crews and snow plows will have access to the full width of the bridge during and after storm events. This will ensure that the vehicular travel lanes, bicycle lanes, gutter line, and drainage structures are all cleared at the same time.