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A Boston traffic primer, and some unwelcome Red Line residents

Posted by Nichole Davis  September 7, 2012 12:35 AM

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It's Friday, and the first weekend for all those back to school and work - hopefully the weather holds and you'll have one more nice day at the beaches or wherever it is you decide to go.

Behind the jump we have the usual list of construction outside Boston (Monday brings our downtown slowdowns), and your list of MBTA diversions and busing. Also, some Dorchester residents are dealing with a rather unwelcome issue ... and there's a link for some good information for those who have just arrived in the area.

Here we go!

A refresher, as it were

So, if you're a new reader to the blog, having just arrived from somewhere not-Boston, welcome!

It's that time of year where the city is overflowing with new residents from all sorts of places ... and that means the city is overflowing with people who may need a little help getting around. The awesome folks at and I worked together on this helpful photo gallery with a little bit of basic information to get you started. Check it out!

If it doesn't cover some of your questions, you can always submit them using the form to the right of the screen, or toss me a line at at gmail dot com.

(Sorry for the written out email address - you won't get me again, spammers!) *fist shake*

Rodents running from the Red Line

If you're a regular Red Line rider, you know there's been some track work going on as of late (as is laid out in the MBTA Matters section below)... so this story in the Herald caught my eye today.

Apparently Dorchester residents are noticing a huge influx of rats in the Savin Hill neighborhood - and some say the MBTA is to blame. Dorchester City Councilor Frank Baker says the work has essentially forced the rats out of their normal homes and into the residential areas - which is causing undue blame to be placed on area residents who call for help from the city.

From the article:

Baker said he’s received a slew of complaints from residents who have reported rats scurrying under porches and into yards in recent weeks, including many from neighborhoods along the construction route where rats have previously not been a problem... Baker said he thinks ISD may be cracking down too hard on residents, when T digging may be to blame.

Baker, along with other area leaders, will reportedly be meeting with MBTA officials at JFK/UMass tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the situation. MBTA spokesman Joshua Robin told the Herald the T's working to investigate the problem, but they've reportedly called in exterminators to set traps around the area.

Are you a Dorchester resident that's dealt with this problem recently?

MBTA Matters

Heads up for weekend Red Line riders: Busing will be in place between JFK/UMass and North Quincy from the start of service Saturday until the end of service Sunday. Buses will make all stops. The MBTA says they have to put this busing in place to do mandatory track work, not unlike the work they were doing on the Ashmont span relatively recently.

By the way - Quincy Center garage is still closed due to structural concerns, and will be indefinitely. Consider the Quincy Adams, Braintree and North Quincy stations as alternates.

Orange Line busing has started up again between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square, and will take place 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. The T says 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...

Neponset River Bridge, Quincy: ongoing paving and expansion joint work closes lanes and has been causing heavier-than-usual delays during rush hour. Seek alternate.

93 northbound at Route 38 / 28 (Exit 29), Somerville: ongoing road work closes the right two lanes most weekday middays and overnights. Expect delays.

95 northbound at Neponset Street (Exit 11 A/B), Canton: paving operations close the right lane and right shoulder weekday overnights from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

Route 18 in both directions before Logan Street, New Bedford: bridge inspection work will close lanes Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Expect slowdowns.

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.

Route 128 in both directions, between Route 109 (Exit 16) and Route 135 (Exit 17), Dedham: ongoing 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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Nichole Davis is a Boston-based traffic reporter and news anchor. She’s been seen and heard on television and radio airwaves across New England since 2003, providing commuters with all the More »

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