State officials say the Callahan Tunnel should open round about 5 a.m. Monday morning, which will begin to restore karma to Boston traffic and eventually end those mysterious clumps of state troopers along Rte. 16.
However, late-night drivers can expect some delays elsewhere along I-93 for the rest of the week as MassDOT gets the mighty highway back into fighting form:
Most notably, the effort requires the closure of Exit 24/Gov’t Center on I-93 Southbound on Sunday night into Monday morning and the complete closure of I-93 Southbound through Boston overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.
On Wednesday morning, the commercial-vehicle and HOV restrictions on the South Boston Bypass Haul Road and the HOV express lanes to the airport, respectively, go back into force.
Meanwhile, workers have started taking apart the Longfellow Bridge's salt and pepper shakers as they rehab the bridge:
The first step in dismantling the towers is to erect scaffolding around them. Concurrent with removing the stones, the old mortar is cut out from between the stones. Additionally, the concrete liner is demolished, and this work takes place inside the towers.
The original bridge plans and numbering system were used to create a series of stone coursing drawings. The coursing drawings, or two dimensional models, show the individual stones level by level, or course by course. These drawings are important as the current stone numbering system is based on this historic information. Also, these numbers and plans ensure that the proper stones are put in the correct locations during reassembly of the towers. Using this combination of historic and current information, each stone is documented, its condition noted, and then tracked throughout the removal, restoration and reassembly process. Prior to removal, the stones are coded with the corresponding stone coursing drawing number and photographs taken of their condition and location. A temporary marking number is attached to the stone using painter’s tape, which is non-marring. To mark the stones permanently after removal, a number is written on a non-exposed face of the stone, typically the top of the stone, and a photo taken to confirm the number. An arrow showing the direction of installation is also put on the non-exposed face.
Once the stones are documented, they are lifted via a barge-mounted crane on the Charles River using straps or pins and chains. Cracked or damaged stones are lifted onto the barge using additional support and protection. Any stones that are broken or in danger of breaking may be removed in parts, which will be carefully documented and marked to ensure that the pieces are kept together throughout the process.
The stones will be moved via barge to the contractor’s staging area where they will be cleaned, repaired and stored on wood pallets covered with tarp for protection until it’s time to reassemble them. The upstream towers are currently being dismantled and will be reassembled later this year. The downstream towers will be dismantled in fall 2015 during the final phase of construction.
Dates: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 AM
Location: 1815 Massachusetts Ave., University Hall Room 4-004 (yellow brick building near Porter T)
Bring: A yoga mat and loose clothing. Some people like to bring a towel or blanket for their knees when we kneel.We have blocks and belts.
Fee: $25 series/ $10 drop in
Christine Palamidessi, MA, 500 hour RYT; teaching since 2006.
Matthew Bagedonow, Fifth Dan. Studied with Kanai Sensei, a direct student of Morihei Ueshiba the founder of Aikido.
It's Cambridge Shred Day tomorrow at the Central Square post office.
How ya gonna keep 'em down on the Yard? Police plan show of force to stop Harvard frosh drinking next week
The Crimson reports Harvard, Cambridge and State Police will be patrolling the areas around Harvard upperclass residences next Wednesday to keep freshmen from getting bombed as part of the annual celebration of housing assignments:
Dingman cited safety as a primary motivation for the increased security, recalling dangerous acts performed by intoxicated students in recent years. He further criticized the role River Run plays in perpetuating a negative stereotype of the Quad Houses.
The Crimson quotes one freshman as basically saying ain't no coppers gonna stop the fun.
Greg Hum looked out his window this afternoon to see two people walking across the Charles.
Allow me to formally introduce the team that will tackle the city’s public bathroom problem. Read more about this story here.
Got an idea for a Life on the Left Bank cartoon? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! …
Signal problems mean the dreaded "severe" delays on the Red Line between Harvard and JFK/UMass this morning.
“Skims over the drifts like a bird:” A big sled outfitted with propellers and skis, devised by the aptly named Wing Brothers of St. Ignace, Mich., New York Times, 24 February 1924, courtesy of the Lively Morgue.
The New York Times has an archive collection that includes somewhere between 5 and 6 million photographs. This collection is called the morgue and the Times is making many of the photographs available on a Tumblr called the Lively Morgue. It’s a great collection of images from the paper’s history. What we really like is that each post includes a photo of the back of the picture, which gives all kinds of great information. Enjoy!
Harvard just sent notice that most of Harvard Sq will be closed to cars 4-6:30pm tomorrow. Major traffic issues expected.
The president will be in town for fundraisers.
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A team of city workers and archivists were working Tuesday morning to preserve paper memorials in Copley Plaza. Courtesy of the Boston Globe.
We’d like to thank the Boston City Archives for lending us memorabilia from the Marathon Memorial as part of the Cambridge Public Library’s commemoration of April 15th, 2013.
The Boston City Archives will also loan memorabilia to the Boston Public Library for their exhibition, “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial,” which will be held at Copley Square, from April 7 thorough May 11. The exhibition will include flowers, posters, notes, t-shirts, hats, tokens of all shapes and sizes, and, most significantly, and running shoes with the goal of helping visitors make meaning from this tragedy while providing a quiet public space for reflection.
Watch the video below about the Boston City Archives’ efforts to collect and preserve the Marathon Memorial.
New and favorite dance troupes and singers showcased the freshest additions to the hip hop dictionary, inspiring the upcoming generation of dancers, rappers, choreographers, and culture-hounds to leap to their feet, sing along, shout, and boogie.
Boston Globe press about our event: http://bo.st/NihIwu
Exhibition Location: Entrance and 2nd Floor, Glass Building
For ten weeks after the April 15th, a makeshift memorial took shape at the site of the marathon bombings on Boylston Street. On June 25th, city officials, archivists, and volunteers took down the memorial and sent the memorabilia to the City of Boston Archives to be preserved. This exhibition features select pieces from the Marathon Memorial, courtesy of the City of Boston Archives.
The Cambridge Public Library is hosting three events to commemorate the Marathon Bombing.
Our Marathon: “Share Your Story” Events
Our Marathon is a crowd-sourced, digital archive of pictures, videos, stories and social media related to the Boston Marathon, created by Northeastern University. Join us Saturday, March 15, Saturday, March 15, 1-4:30PM and Wednesday March 26, 5-8:30PM, and share own stories and help us create an archive of your images, emotions and experiences.
Join us Thursday, March 13, 6:30PM to hear from first responder and runner Dr. Natalie Stavas, Cambridge resident Lt. Jeremy Walsh, a paramedic at the finish line and a first responder in Watertown, and marathon runners Gael Henville and Dave Athey as they share their stories of that eventful day. A moderated Q&A will follow.
Jared May looked up the stairs today from the bottom of the T's deepest subway stop, at Porter Square (actually, if you look closely, you can see there are two in this crowd - there's a second person higher up the stairs).
YEP (Youth Employment Program) is a program of the Agassiz Baldwin Community that provides middle school youth with the opportunity to volunteer in the community, learn job skills and gain leadership experience.
As part of this program, summer CITs (Counselors in Training) assist the teaching staff at the Outback Summer Program. CITs must be entering 7-9th grade in the fall of 2014.
Please read all information carefully before applying. Space is limited and the deadline is March 17, 2014.
Read more about Carl F. Barron here.
Bonus: Fewer royalty payments to Carly Simon.
The Boston Business Journal profiles a Cambridge startup that has come up with a coating it says will make condiment bottles less sticky - reducing waste from ketchup, mayo and mustard that now just stays inside. The company says the coating - based on vegetable oil - could also have applications for medical devices that you don't want getting sticky.
John Summers takes a long, critical look at what the whole "innovation economy" thing is doing to the rest of the city - and nearby locales, such as Allston.