Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Your comments welcomed

Quincy resident Hans1974 is very frustrated with the morning commute. Here's what he has to say:

Morning traffic towards the bridge into Dorchester over the past couple of weeks has been worse than ever, regardless of the weather. In my 8.5 years of living in Marina Bay, the past two mornings have been the most difficult commutes to the N. Quincy Red Line station via the shuttle service that runs between the station/Boston Scientific/Marina Bay.

On a typical weekday morning the shuttle takes 18-20 minutes to perform its round trip. On the past two mornings this trip has taken approximately 40 minutes! This is all attributed to the extreme congestion on both Quincy Shore Drive and Hancock Street towards the bridge, and the ripple effect it has on Marina Bay residents.

The backup on Quincy Shore Drive past the E. Squantum St. intersection has been so severe that many drivers are now attempting to circumvent it by turning right at E. Squantum Street, cutting thru Marina Bay and onto Commander Shea Blvd. This has resulted in significant backups on Commander Shea Blvd. For instance, this morning at 8:15, the backup extended onto Seaport Drive in Marina Bay - almost to the rotary!

Again, in my 8.5 years living in Marina Bay, I've NEVER seen anything like this! It should NOT take almost 40 minutes to go 1+ mile; walking from Marina Bay to the N. Quincy station would take less time.

The severity of the traffic congestion is hurting real estate prices and the quality of life for the many Marina Bay residents who work in Boston. I can't imagine even trying to sell a condo/townhouse in that community right now because of how difficult the morning commute into Boston has become.

November 8, 2011 8:23 AM


Anonymous said...

Interesting to read this blog about what's happened in the past year or so with the neponset bridge project. I live at the seawind condos right at the start of the bridge. Every morning when I commute, I have to merge into traffic as soon I leave my parking garage. I would never imagine in all these years I would be stuck in traffic the instant I pull out of the driveway. I'm not going to stay in Quincy when my lease runs out. 13% real estate tax and a nightmare bridge. No thanks.

Anonymous said...

Then by all means leave. Plenty of others who would take your place. Look how nice the bridge is coming along. You of all people whould appreciate how nice the bridge looks, and how useful it would be for you to bike right across onto the Pope J Paul Park. So impatient! It's always "me me me right now" for you people these days. By all mean dont renew your lease! I am happy for Quincy.

dan t said...

Dear "anonymous" the comments calling another "anonymous" "impatient" are way off base. I also live near the bridge and this project has been going on for some 3 years to date....we rebuilt Europe after WW Ii in less time, the Army corps of engineers could have blown up this bridge and completely replaced it in less time.
Only in Massachusetts can such a project go so long.This project is a disgrace to the state but also impacts the entire south shore as well as Boston commuters.if you have watched the project up close and personal as i have for years, the laxk of actual man hours in the site, coupled with the State police overtime, no night work or overnight work done whatsoever and No or minimal community meetings throughout this debacle, or if there were meetings they were purposely not communicated to residents in the North Quincy area....all combine to make this entire project a joke, actually worse - a travesty against all taxpayers of the state and in particular taxpayers of the North Quincy neighborhoods directly impacted by the stain of a project.

SSW said...

Well said Dan T. This project is a nightmare. Couldn't agree more with you!!! Something needs to be done and quickly.

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