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Massachusetts Turnpike

By adamg - 9/15/22 - 4:12 pm

Massachusetts yesterday sued a driver from upstate New York for the $1.85 million in damage it says he caused when the boom of the excavator he was hauling on a flatbed slammed into a turnpike overpass and then, 30 miles down the road, slammed into another overpass, after which the excavator fell off the flatbed and took out a stretch of guardrail. Read more.

By adamg - 9/14/22 - 10:58 am
975 Boylston St. rendering

Rendering by The Architectural Team. See it larger.

A Miami developer has proposed a new complex over the Massachusetts Turnpike and a rarely used Hynes Green Line exit that would include a 12-story life-sciences wing, a 10-story wing with 125 affordable apartments, two new ADA-compliant T-stop entrances and a public bicycle "hub" with bike racks and lockers. Read more.

By adamg - 8/22/22 - 4:22 pm
U-Haul truck on fire on the turnpike in Allston

Billy Farago shows us the rental truck that erupted in flames on the exit from the turnpike towards Cambridge in Allston shortly before 4 p.m. Video.

By adamg - 6/28/22 - 9:57 pm

State Police report a Waltham man lost control of his Harley-Davidson inbound on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Allston, hit the median barrier and died around 10:30 p.m. on Monday.

Mark Ganong, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene, State Police say.

By adamg - 5/31/22 - 11:46 am
Yellow-green haze  over the turnpike in Framingham

Lee Toma navigated through pollen so thick it seemed like wildfire haze, only yellowish/greenish, this morning on the turnpike in Framingham. A cold front that pushed everything down towards the ground could have been responsible.

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By adamg - 5/4/22 - 9:14 pm
May 4th message on Mass. roads: Scruffy nerd herders stop littering

Lori Henault spotted this message on signs on the turnpike in both Newton and downtown today, on Star Wars Day. Yes, it's a thing; Han needs to only toss his trash in approved garbage compactors.

By adamg - 12/24/21 - 11:29 am
Part of a six-car crash on the turnpike near 128.

Part of a six-car crash on the Masspike near 128.

Welcome to Dot managed to escape this six-car smashup on the turnpike westbound near 128 this morning.

Then, barely a mile down the road, he crawled past another, smaller crash: Read more.

By adamg - 11/1/21 - 1:37 pm

State Police report an 18-year-old died on the Massachusetts Turnpike inbound early this morning after a crash in which he first veered to the left and hit the Jersey barriers along the high speed lane in his 2019 Civic, then bounced off the guard rails along the right side before coming to a halt against more Jersey barriers along the high-speed lane.

"Speed is believed to be a contributing factor" in the crash, in which Joseph Fournier, 18, of Burlington died around 1:40 a.m., State Police say.

By adamg - 9/29/21 - 8:43 pm

StreetsblogMass reports MassDOT announced today that it will be replacing the current elevated loop system where the Allston/Cambridge tolls used to be on the turnpike and the neighboring stretch of Soldiers Field Road with a $1.7-billion ground-level set of roads.

By adamg - 9/10/21 - 11:30 pm
9/11 truthers over the Massachusetts Turnpike in Newton

Claire Sadar reports 9/11 truthers held banners over the turnpike at two locations in the Newton/Watertown area and bollixed traffic in Newton Corner during rush hour by deciding to hand out literature to motorists there about how jet fuel can't melt steel or something.

By adamg - 8/31/21 - 7:10 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports that around 3:45 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a car fire on the turnpike in the Pru tunnel - which sent smoke into the first floor of Copley Place - and found the flaming car and two separate crashes, one involving six cars, the other two cars.

By adamg - 8/6/21 - 9:26 pm

State Police report a teenager lost control of his car on the turnpike westbound near where Allston the tolls used to be, hitting a tractor-trailer stopped due to a malfunction and squashing its driver, who had gotten out to try to figure out the problem: Read more.

By adamg - 8/5/21 - 9:17 pm

State Police have detained a man in Westboro as they investigate an incident on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston around 6:20 p.m. in which a motorist had one of her windows shot out. Read more.

By adamg - 8/5/21 - 9:10 pm
Emergency responders at bridge

Some of the emergency vehicles at the scene. Photo by We Paint the World.

State Police report a woman jumped off the Carlton Street overpass onto the outbound turnpike around 6:05 p.m.

Troopers and other first responders rushed to the scene and undertook emergency medical aid in an attempt to save her life. She sustained serious life-threatening injuries and has been transported to Tufts Medical Center.

By adamg - 4/26/21 - 9:32 pm
Raccoon being rescued from the top of a light fixture on the turnpike

Ari Herzog could only watch in amazement this evening as Newton firefighters used a ladder truck, a thin lasso and a box to rescue a raccoon that had somehow survived crossing the turnpike and then climbed up the top of a light fixture sprouting from the Jersey barriers that separate the two sides of the highway.

Video: Read more.

By adamg - 4/20/21 - 1:26 pm

KTC shows us the brush fire on the side of the turnpike outbound this afternoon:

By adamg - 1/2/21 - 2:10 pm
Car fire on the Massachusetts Turnpike

Hannah Armstrong captured the flaming SUV on the Massachusetts Turnpike westbound, just before Exit 17 in Newton Corner, shortly after 1 p.m. today. State Police report no injuries and that Newton and Boston firefighters doused the flames.

By adamg - 10/15/20 - 11:42 pm

State Police report a Dorchester woman faces a variety of charges after getting her econobox to accelerate past 100 m.p.h. on the turnpike today before flipping it over on the exit ramp to Rte. 9 in Framingham. Read more.

By adamg - 10/11/20 - 1:47 pm
Rolled over truck on I-90 eastbound in Allston

State Police report a truck carrying a load of bananas overturned on the inbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Allston, near where the toll plaza used to be, shortly after 8 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 8/27/20 - 3:07 pm
Flipped truck

Bradley had plenty of time to observe a truck flipped on its side on the inbound turnpike near the Allston onramp shortly before 3 p.m. He noticed the driver appeared to have gotten out OK.

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