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On Mother Nature's distaste for the DOT, and MBTA matters

Posted by Nichole Davis  September 21, 2012 12:23 AM

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So, Massachusetts Car-Free week has come to an end... did you manage to make it to work at least a couple days this week without the car leaving the driveway (or carefully planned spot on the street)? Unfortunately, I flaked out a bit, and didn't take part... but I did do some extra walking while I was in the city to places I would normally be lazy and take the car to. It's the little things, right? (Right?)

Under the cut, we have some good news for impatient Red Line riders at Downtown Crossing ... a discussion on Mother Nature and the Ted Williams Tunnel ... and your usual MBTA diversions and out-of-Boston construction.

Roadblocks, in a way

Mother Nature really doesn't want the DOT to clean the Ted Williams Tunnel.

For the second time in recent months, the DOT had to put the kibosh on overnight work planned in the Ted Williams due to stormy weather. That work was planned for this past Tuesday into Wednesday, but it looks like they'll give it another go at the same time this coming week -- Tuesday the 25th into Wednesday, the 26th. Expect detours and some hefty delays - I'll have more details on that coming Monday.

(That is, providing the skies don't open up again. Upon inspection of the forecast this evening, it looks as if next Tuesday is expected to be a nice day, but we'll have to wait and see.)

(Far from the Final) Countdown

More good news for Red Line riders -- according to a tweet on Thursday from the T's official feed (@mbtagm), those fancy new countdown-to-train-arrival signs have arrived at Downtown Crossing! Check out a photo here.

The T says the signs will continue to make their debuts across the Orange, Red and Blue lines over the next few months. The project cost the agency just about $800,000 overall. Feeling left out on the Green line? It's another case there of lack of GPS systems for those trains ... same reason why there's no predictive technology for MBTA apps. The T says they're not sure when the systems will be upgraded on those trolleys -- if they will be at all.

Have you seen the signs? Do you find them to be helpful? Any guesses as to which station will be next?

MBTA Matters

Some good news for Red Line riders - the Quincy Center garage appears to be open for parking again. Some elevators are still out of commission, but you shouldn't have to use any alternate garages from here on out.

There will be a Red Line busing restriction next weekend on the stretch from JFK/UMass to North Quincy, but this weekend you should be busing-free.

Orange Line riders, though, won't be so lucky... track and power work continues on the Assembly Square project, and to assist in that, there will be busing in place from the start of service Saturday to the end of service Sunday between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square. Buses will be making all stops.

Orange Line busing is still in place between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square on weekday nights, too. You'll find that happening each Sunday through Thursday night until December 28. Diversions start up at 9:00 each evening and last until the end of service that night. The shuttle buses will make all stops.

You'll find slowdowns here...

128 southbound at Route 20 (Exit 26), Waltham: overnight utility work takes the shoulder passing the exit, with occasional right lane closures. Expect minor delays.

93 southbound at Roosevelt Circle (Exit 33), Medford: the two right lanes will be closed tonight and Saturday night for bridge inspection between 11:00 PM and 3:00 AM. Stay left and expect heavy delays.

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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