4/07/2006

Another brilliant example of Boston engineering

Departure Time: 7:14
Arrival Time: 7:55
Weather as I call it: Basically the same day as yesterday
Paper Guy: Basically the same outfit as yesterday...no smile though
Shady Gas Price: $2.59
Yelled at other drivers: No
Feared for my life: No

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TGIF! Another easy ride...so I will take time to talk about this dangerous intersection that I drive through each day:

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The photo above is from local.live.com...check the site out when you can. Anyway, this photo captures one of the most interesting intersections in the Boston area. It's always a crazy time in the place where the Monsignor O'Brien Highway and Cambridge St. and the Green line railway meet.

The trolley cars you see on the bridge are a part of the MBTA's Green line subway system....America's oldest subway system....They are rolling into the stop called Lechmere..which is the most north of all the Green line stops.

The issue with this intersection is that you have three (3) lanes of traffic that are set to travel under the trolley bridge...but the space under the bridge can really only accommodate two lanes!!

If you look at the photo, you can see two arrows which indicate that these lanes are for cars going straight under the bridge. (The white van is stopped above the third arrow...I HATE VANS.) Do you see how the white dotted lines sorta trail off as they get closer to the bridge? That's because the beams that hold up the bridge are only two car widths wide....well, maybe more like two and a half car widths wide...but it still makes for tight passage...especially with peeps who are driving Grandma to MGH or something...and the beams are real old Lower Deck type beams...painted green but still the rust comes through.

If you are in the area, give it a try. There is nothing like driving so close to the person next to you that your sideview mirrors touch.

1 comment:

Dude said...

I HATE THAT INTERSECTION!

Keep it up, EnuhCorK....