Hello All -
We have been interested to observe the effects of closing inbound traffic on the Craigie
Bridge, especially in light of the anticipations of horrific traffic
jams everywhere. For example, in our non-scientific observations of traffic on the Longfellow
Bridge in evening peak hours, it does not appear the diversions from
the Craigie Bridge have had much of an effect. If anything, traffic on
the Longfellow seems to move better now that the inbound Craigie is
This is obviously counter-intuitive. We would suggest that the state
mobilize its considerable forces and count the traffic on the Charles
River Bridges now that the Craigie inbound lanes are closed. The traffic
is diverting to other routes, but not apparently to the Longfellow
Bridge. Perhaps traffic is changing mode??
There may be insufficient time to mobilize for counting at this
moment. But consider that the Craigie Bridge will be under construction
in stages between now and April. Surely there would be an appropriate
moment in the next 5-6 months to do comprehensive counts of the bridges
over the river.
MassDOT members of the Google Group - could you please let us all know what you think of taking some counts of what is happening out there during the closures?
Wendy Landman | WalkBoston
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