Wednesday, January 23, 2013
MassDOT announced today that driving on the Route 128 breakdown lane has been discontinued as a fourth travel lane is open.
Do you use the Route 128 breakdown lane on your way to work? Well, it's time to kick the habit. State Police are now looking out for drivers who use the breakdown lane on Route 128. In an effort to reduce the Route 128 bottlenecks between Route 24 and Route 9, the Mass Department of Transportation (MassDOT) added a fourth travel lane to I-93/95 along that stretch. With that addition, driving in the breakdown lane is now prohibited between Route 24 and Route 109. Signs along the highways and State Police patrols will inform drivers of the change, according to a MassDOT announcement Wednesday. The breakdown lane is now reserved for emergency vehicles and disabled cars. According to the release, drivers have been able to use the breakdown…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The teen worked at the Honey Dew Donuts in the Newton rest area.
Updated 10:30 p.m. Hopkins, who played basketball in the Malden Neighborhood Basketball League, was remembered by many on Twitter, including Malden Mayor Gary Christenson. "Malden mourns the passing of Reishaun Hopkins who sadly lost his life today," Christenson wrote. "I knew him via MNBL [the Malden Neighborhood Basketball League] and remember his smooth 3 point shot." Posted earlier: The teen who was struck and killed on Route 128 in Newton this morning has been identified as Reishaun Michael Hopkins, 18, of Malden, according to a State Police press release. Hopkins worked at the Honey Dew Donuts located in the Newton rest area and was scheduled to work the day shift, State Police said. Troopers responded to the scene around 6:30 a.m. …
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Two other victims were injured but allegedly refused treatment on Sunday.
Drivers on Rte. 128 near Exit 16 on the Wellesley-Newton line were held up by a rollover accident Sunday morning that reportedly left one person dead. The accident took place shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, and early unconfirmed reports indicated that one victim was dead on arrival. Two others were allegedly injured in the accident but were refusing treatment. A call to Massachusetts State Police for further detail was not immediately returned Sunday morning. Newton Patch will provide more information as soon as it becomes available.
Monday, November 15, 2010
The Route 128 widening project will add hundreds of cars to Newton and Needham roads, state estimates say.
If you think traffic on Needham and Nahanton streets is bad now, wait until the Route 128 widening project is done. By the project's expected completion date in 2017, state estimates say there will be hundreds of extra vehicles on roads during morning and afternoon rush hours. The city, officials say, may have to consider additional construction to accommodate the extra vehicles. "I thought this was a win-win, but now it appears that it will put a lot more traffic on our streets, as well as the Needham streets," said Alderman Brian Yates in an interview last week. The Route 128 widening project will add an interchange at Kendrick Street in Needham and revamp the interchanges at Highland Avenue in Needham and at Route 9 in Wellesley. …
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The highway expansion aims to improve traffic, but it could have the opposite effect on local roads.
The widening of Route 128 and associated construction could actually make traffic in Newton worse, some city officials fear. The project will expand Route 128 to a four-lane highway in each direction from Randolph to Wellesley and add a new interchange at Kendrick Street in Needham, near the Newton border in Oak Hill. In addition, the plans call for a revamped interchange at Highland Avenue in Needham and two new traffic lights on Route 9 in Wellesley. Last night, aldermen in the Public Safety and Transportation Committee got an overview of the state's plans for the road. "If you think traffic on Route 9 is bad now, just wait until this happens," said Greer Tan Swiston, ward 3 alderman-at-large. Associate City Engineer Clint Schuckel, …