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The Department of Conservation and Recreation will continue making repairs to the Storrow Drive tunnel on Storrow Drive eastbound this week, with one lane of inbound traffic in the tunnel closed from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. tonight through Saturday morning.
The work could require the complete closure of the tunnel. These closures will only take place between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Traffic will be detoured around the tunnel at Back Street during these closures.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation is paving Quincy Shore Drive between Fenno Street and Billings Street from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Tues., June 26) to Thursday.
A short glimpse of some New York wholesale shops where the kids get their candy to sell on New York trains. Peanut M & M's are apparently the No. 1 subway candy.
Ordinarily we shy away from religion and politics here in Starts and Stops land, but today we're making an exception by calling your attention to an in-depth, web-only look at a tragic 1968 car accident involving a Mormon missionary named Mitt Romney, who, of course, went on to become governor of Massachusetts and is now a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States. Globe religion reporter Michael Paulson travelled to France to visit the site of the accident; he interviewed all of the surviving passengers in Romney's car, the son of a passenger who was killed in the accident, the doctor who flew over from the US to oversee Romney's care, and multiple people who responded to the accident in its immediate aftermath.
And if you need another transportation-related reason to read the seven-part Romney series, coming Saturday, as part of a story reviewing Romney's tenure as governor, is a look at his handling of the Big Dig and other transportation issues.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation will make repairs to the Woods Memorial Bridge, which carries the Revere Beach Parkway (Route 16) over the Malden River in Everett and Medford. During this work, one lane of westbound traffic will be restricted. The work takes place from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. tonight (Friday) and Saturday.
The Casey Overpass near the Forest Hills station will have detours this week. During the work, the inbound side of the bridge will be closed, and inbound traffic will be detoured. This work takes place from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Sunday, June 24, through Thursday, June 28.
Plans to develop the area around Riverside station on the Green Line's D branch have neighbors worried about traffic impacts. Megan Woolhouse of Globe West reports...(Photo courtesy of subwaynut)
Eastbound Storrow Drive inside the tunnel will close one lane from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight through Sunday morning.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation wrote: "In the event of heavy traffic due to a Red Sox game or Hatch Shell event, the contractor will open the lane temporarily." But there are no Red Sox games this weekend.
The work may require a complete closure of the tunnel, which would occur between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., when traffic would detour around the tunnel at Back Street.
Overnight repairs to the Neponset River Bridge carrying Route 3A from Boston to Quincy will cause lane closures in each direction from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting tonight (Thursday) and Friday.
During the work traffic in both directions will be restricted to one lane. Traffic going to and from Hancock Street in Quincy will be detoured to East Squantum Street.
We wrote about the Massachusetts Turnpike's effort to find a new Fast Lane operator and the stuff they'd like to see the operator be able to do, including open-road tolling and congestion pricing, newfangled money-makers that have twisted a lot of underwear around the region this morning, based on our email.
Here's the request for qualifications put out by the Pike.
The Vatican issues its own rules of the road.
Here, courtesy of the Vatican, are a new set of Ten Commandments Moses could never have imagined:
I. You shall not kill.
II. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
III. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
IV. Be charitable and help your neighbour in need, especially victims of accidents.
V. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
VI. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
VII. Support the families of accident victims.
VIII. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
IX. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
X. Feel responsible towards others.
Here's the original document.
Here's the press release.
A rabbi's response:
The Vatican today released a document on 10 commandments for drivers. Issued from its office for migrants and itinerant people, the document warned about the impact of road rage, saying that driving can bring out “primitive” behavior in motorists. While in principle, says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, the rules are good for all of us, the fact that it was issued from the Vatican’s office for migrants and itinerant people raises some interesting questions.
From Rabbi Brad Hirschfield:
-- Nothing from the Vatican happens by accident, at least not when it is for public release.
--Why is this document coming from the Vatican’s office for migrants and itinerant people? Do they really believe that this is a problem more germane to migrants and itinerants?
--The use of the word “primitive” is strange. Most migrant and itinerant people are poor and from the third world. This should at least raise some eyebrows.
--In principle, these are great rules for all of us, but they should be disseminated in a way that sends that message most powerfully.
--There is always the challenge of arrogance, in which well-intentioned religionists want to enhance the lives of others by teaching them how to live better. In the extremes we call that a crusade.
Can you tell we sit next to the religion reporter?
...in Sports Illustrated, of all places. See the mention deep in the link. Thanks to Dave P. for the link.
We wrote today about the Kendall Band, the interactive sculpture at Kendall/MIT station on the Red Line that made us want to move to Boston. Paul Matisse, grandson of Henri, is 74 and has been painstakingly making the repairs on the pieces since it was installed 20 years ago. With the MBTA's finances being what they are, and with Paul getting on in years, he's looking for a patron for the piece.
Sunday to next Friday, June 22, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, one lane of eastbound traffic inside the deteriorating Storrow Drive Tunnel will be blocked off as DCR makes repairs.
We went out at 4 p.m. to check out a story and returned a little more than an hour later to find a roadway apocalypse in our Inbox.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation is apparently going gah-gah this coming weekend when it comes to repairs and road closures. Here goes:
The mindblowing confluence of clutter and confusion better known as Charles Circle is going to get striped Monday to Friday next week from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Hence, one lane of Storrow Drive east between Cambridge Street and Charles Circle will be shutdown.
Next!! There's a lane closure scheduled for Storrow Drive west between the Longfellow Bridge and Mass. Ave. on Saturday. All Saturday, we assume, because there are no times listed.
If you want to get away from this lane closure via the McGrath Highway in Somerville, think again. The McCarthy overpass bridge on Route 28 will be down to one lane in the northbound direction between Somerville Avenue and Washington Street. That's happening Sunday to next Friday, June 22. Fun.
You know the Casey Overpass on the Arborway? Neither do we. Actually, we're lying. It's that monster four-lane overpass near Forest Hills T station. Well, the inbound side of the bridge will be closed, and inbound traffic will be detoured Sunday to next Friday from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily. More fun.
Want more? You sure?! Blam-O! Memorial Drive in Cambridge between John F. Kennedy Street and Western Avenue will be closed most of Saturday for the Cambridge Arts Festival. No traffic. None. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. I'm staying home.
You read it here first. And after numerous emails, the area will be open to pedestrians. Should be quite a sight.