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Monday mess on the Expressway

Posted by Nichole Davis  January 20, 2014 12:55 PM

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Traffic alert for your MLK Day holiday...

Well, that's no good.

What happened? A quick recap: Around 10:00 this morning on the northbound side of the Southeast Expressway, state police say a dump truck went off the right side of the road through a guardrail, tumbled down an embankment near the Dorchester Yacht Club, and landed in the water. Thankfully, officials say the driver only sustained minor injuries. The Boston Fire Department reports the truck, licensed to a company out of Medway, was carrying gravel. It is also actively leaking fuel. No word on what caused the crash.

Several agencies are on hand to help assist in the cleanup, including the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation, Massport, the Coast Guard, and Clean Harbors. Fire boats are being used to corral the oil spill in the water.

As they try to winch the truck out, now three right lanes of the Expressway northbound are blocked, and State Police say this will likely be the case through much of the evening commute -- early estimates say clearing time is looking to be somewhere between 4:00 and 5:00. The good news here (if there's any to be found) is that this is a holiday, so volume is going to be lighter than normal. The bad news is that traffic is already as of this writing (1:00 pm) jammed solid back to the Braintree split and it doesn't look to be improving at all. Look for delays to soon start affecting Route 3 north and also 128 south at the split.

The problem when something like this happens on the Expressway is that alternate routes are really hard to come by. If you are coming from the south shore you might want to consider 128 to the Mass Pike, but that's going to take some time. Back roads like the VFW Parkway and Jamaicaway up to Storrow Drive might also be an option. Certainly, be sure to plan ahead. I'll update this entry when the scene has been cleared.

Check out some photos from the scene from the Boston Fire Department Twitter feed:

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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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