Welcome back, dear reader. It's Friday! Thank goodness...
Pretty typical Friday post here, with a twist - I've got an update on yesterday's post on the Kenmore Square bus driver debacle... I also have your MBTA restrictions for the weekend and coming week, as well as your out-of-Boston construction.
Your downtown Boston construction is coming Monday, along with news on the Fore River Bridge, and answers to more of your questions.
Here we go!
Bad bus behavior
Turns out that yesterday's mishap in Kenmore Square may have been far from an accident.
At first, according to boston.com, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said MBTA bus driver Lataria Milton was trying to drive around a BTD supervisor that was issuing Milton a ticket. The ticket was issued for Milton parking her bus in the travel lanes of Commonwealth Avenue in Kenmore Square.
An argument ensued, and Milton ended up hitting the supervisor with the bus, as well as plowing into two other cars, leaving them heavily damaged and causing a huge traffic mess in the process.
However, Milton is now scheduled to appear in Roxbury District Court today to answer to felony charges in the incident. Milton, will be pleading to a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, as well as a charge of driving to endanger.
Milton... was questioned by transit police while still on the bus and was then led away from the scene by an MBTA official so she could undergo drug and alcohol testing, which is mandatory for transportation workers involved in crashes. Officials said Milton had 10 years of experience.
According to WCVB, Milton has a significant list of problems on her driving record - including suspended license citations, at-fault accidents, and failure to inspect or register her car. They also aired a report this evening that says, in part, that said BTD supervisor fears she may have been killed by the impact if Milton hadn't smashed into another car first.
Not-so-good news for those heading to and from the Ashmont area: The Red Line will be busing again on the Ashmont span this weekend in both directions. Buses will make all stops between JFK/UMass and Ashmont between the start of service Saturday until the end of service Sunday. There is a silver lining to this, though -- it's the last planned weekend for these closures and busing on the Ashmont span for the summer. The MBTA says they've been taking the span from time to time to perform necessary track work.
The Quincy Center garage is still closed due to structural concerns. So far, there's no ETA on when it will reopen. Consider the Quincy Adams, Braintree and North Quincy stations as alternates. It'll be a bit easier to park at Quincy Adams than it has been, though -- over 100 new parking spots have been opened up for use there. Note that a street-level entrance for the garage via the Burgin Parkway has also been made available, so there's no need to get onto 93 or Route 3 to access the garage.
Orange line busing continues between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square each Sunday through Thursday night until December 28. Diversions start up at 9:00 each evening and will last until the end of service that night. The shuttle buses will make all stops. Officials for the T say the diversion is necessary as track, signal, and power work are all being done in that stretch to continue the Assembly Square Project.
You'll find slowdowns here...
Route 3 southbound from the Braintree Split past the Burgin Parkway (Exit 19), Quincy: watch for lane shifts and ongoing paving work through most weekday middays and overnights. Expect heavy delays.
495 northbound between Boston Road, Westford (Exit 32 to Woburn Street, Lowell (Exit 37): ongoing lane stripping and paving operations in the left lane. Watch for a lane shift as well closer to Woburn Street.
Route 128 in both directions, between Route 109 (Exit 16) and Route 135 (Exit 17), Dedham: road widening project blocks the left lane through most weekday middays and overnights. Expect significant delays and possible blockages of the active breakdown lane.
Route 128 in both directions, between Route 38, Woburn (Exit 35) and Route 3, Burlington (Exits 32 A/B): left lane is closed for ongoing median work. Lane restrictions are in place. Expect heavy delays.
Route 1 Northbound between Main Street and Noah's Motors, Saugus: right lanes are closed weekday nights between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. for water main installation.
North Harvard Street over the Larz Anderson Bridge: Continual lane closures are in effect in both directions for bridge reconstruction work. No left turn onto Memorial Drive from JFK Street.
Tobin Bridge in both directions: Watch for continual lane closures as DOT crews continue to paint the bridge. These will be in effect until November.
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