Workers this week have been busy getting both sides of the Father Hart Bridge in Readville ready for honest-to-goodness traffic signals.
They've installed the poles on which the lights will sit and are wiring them up - and putting in the underground cables that will make them work - on both sides of the span, also known as the West Milton Street Bridge, at the north end of the Readville train station.
The lights will be particularly welcome at the bridge's dangerous intersection with Hyde Park Avenue, which has a hill on one side, a sharp curve on the other and, of course, a never-ending supply of marauding Massholes - now joined by an ever growing number of Amazon van drivers scuttling to and from that company's warehouse on Sprague Street.
City officials have been promising traffic lights at the bridge since the days when Tom Menino and Rob Consalvo were in office, but proposals always foundered on bureaucratic wrangling - Neponset Valley Parkway on one side, and the bridge itself are owned by the state, Hyde Park Avenue on the other side is owned by the city.
In 2017, Mayor Walsh included $1.4 million in the city budget to pay for the lights, sidewalks and similar improvements to the superannuated lights in nearby Walcott Square, but those plans seemed to have disappear as well - until earlier this year, when actual work began, first in Walcott Square and through the tunnel that connects half of Readville to the other, more recently in the area of the bridge.
The need for the improvements has become even more critical over the past couple of years, with residential complexes being proposed at either end of Readville station - one right next to the bridge.
The bridge, which spans the Northeast Corridor and the Franklin Line (not shown: The bridge's road surface, which appears to consist entirely of patches covering other patches):