Monday has arrived again, much to (I think) our overall chagrin... hope you had a great weekend. Looking forward to a quality week weather-wise, and, hopefully, easy-going traffic-wise.
In today's entry - it's Car-Free Week! All the details are behind the cut - I'm curious if you'll be taking part ... and, if so, how you intend on doing so. More news on the Hancock Bridge awaits, and there's also the usual downtown construction tidbits.
Of course, as always, if you have any questions or queries, send them over to me at commuting dot boston at gmail dot com ... or use the entry form to the right.
Cars? Who needs 'em?
Possibly not you -- at least for the next week.
It's that time of year again ... MassDOT has announced Car-Free Week is taking place this week, running from the 17th through the 23rd, across the Commonwealth. Officials say they want to see residents giving other forms of transit a try, including (but not limited to) mass transit (bus, subway, etc), bike, walking, jogging, carpooling or pooling in a van.
I think this is a great time to possibly perfect any out-of-the-box strategies you were ever considering for getting to work, such as via unicycle, horse-drawn carriage, moon shoes, or, my personal favorite, teleportation. (Beam me to the office, Scotty!)
Believe it or not, according to MassDOT, Massachusetts is the only state across the nation that holds Car-Free Weeks! This is the third year that the program's been in place, and there's reportedly plenty of benefits for you if you take part. The DOT supports a rewards program called NuRide,, which assists you in in accumulating perks as you commit to greener rides. It's free to sign up, and you can do so here.
Do you intend on taking part in Car-Free Week? If so, how will you get to where you need to be? Do you think it's a good idea? Let me know in the comments.
Asphalt and brake lights, oh my
Quincy residents, your traffic nightmares will continue in the coming week when it comes to paving on and around the Hancock Street bridge. MassDOT crews will be out there working on the bridge, which ferries traffic over the Red Line, commuter rail, and Sagamore Street, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
From a release over the weekend:
On Monday, September 17, 2012 and Tuesday, September 18, 2012, shimming operations will begin in the work area. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times. The ramp to Sagamore Street will close temporarily and traffic will be directed to follow detour route in place (Hunt Street to Newbury Ave to Sagamore St.)
On Thursday September 20, 2012 the final phase of the paving work will be executed. The ramp to Sagamore Street will close temporarily and traffic will be directed to follow detour route in place (Hunt Street to Newbury Ave to Sagamore St.)
You'll find slowdowns here... (downtown Boston edition)
Expressway / O'Neill Tunnel Southbound
++ COMPLETE CLOSURE ++ of the Dewey Square Tunnel section on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 PM to 5 AM.
The ramp from Essex St. to 93 southbound will close on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 PM to 5 AM.
The ramp from Leverett Circle to 93 southbound will close on Monday from 11 PM to 5 AM.
Expressway / O'Neill Tunnel Northbound
The ramps from exit 26 to 93 southbound and the Sumner Tunnel to Storrow Drive will close on Wednesday from 11:30 PM to 5 AM.
The ramps from exit 26 to 93 northbound and the Sumner Tunnel to Storrow Drive will close on Thursday from 11:30 PM to 5 AM.
The ramp from 93 to the Tobin Bridge/Route 1(Exit 27) will close on Wednesday from 11:59 PM to 5 AM.
The Leverett Connector ramp to 93 northbound and the Tobin Bridge will close on Wednesday from 11:59 PM to 5 AM.
The ramp from Rutherford Avenue to Rte. 1 North/Tobin Bridge will close on Thursday from 11:30 PM to 5 AM.
Mass Pike Westbound
The ramps from Congress Street and the Ted Williams Tunnel to 93 will close on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 PM to 5 AM.
The ramp from the South Boston Seaport District to the Pike westbound will close on Tuesday from 11:15 PM to 5 AM.
The ramp from Harborside Drive to the Ted Williams Tunnel will close on Tuesday from 11:15 PM to 5 AM.
The ramp from the Airport to the Ted Williams Tunnel westbound will close on Tuesday from 11:30 PM to 5 AM.
The Copley on ramp to the Pike westbound will close on Friday from 9 PM to 5 AM.
Mass Pike Eastbound
++ COMPLETE CLOSURE ++ of the Pike eastbound at Exit 22 (Prudential Center / Copley Square) on Wednesday and Thursday from 11 PM to 5 AM. All traffic will be detoured at the exit.
Storrow Drive Tunnels
The Storrow Drive Tunnel westbound will close Monday through Thursday from 11:30 PM to 5 AM.
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