Wednesday, September 19, 2012

and all we hear are crickets!

We have reached out to not only The J.F White Construction Company the contractor for the Neponset River Bridge reconstruction project  the city of Quincy and Ma DOT and have yet to receive any reply. Brian McNamee who is the City of Quincy ward councilor for this area of Quincy has yet to make any comments nor has he even been keeping the residents of North Quincy and Squantum apprised of what is going on. Where are the community meetings? This is discraceful. To contact Brian McNamee you can send him an email:  bmcnamee@quincyma.gov.  but don't expect too much from him.

Here is a comment we received this morning from one of more avid readers and respondents


HANS1974 Writes:

7:40am on Wed 9/19/2012 traffic backed all the way up Commander Shea Blvd (coming out of Marina Bay) all the way into Seaport Drive in Marina Bay! Too many QSD commuters think they are taking "shortcut" by going longer way by turning right onto E. Squantum, left into and thru Marina Bay, then left onto Commander Shea Blvd. When it's as backed up as it is, it takes 15+ minutes just to go 1/2 mile to get thru the 5-lanes-merge-into-1 bottleneck.




Guess this is what happens when the city of Quincy hit the "MegaMillions jackpot" in public funding for multiple bridge repairs to be done concurrently. The N. Quincy area resembles the Big Dig w/ the Neponset River Bridge and the Hancock St. overpass being completely rebuilt at same time.



But the lack of communication from the MA DOT and city of Quincy is at best, appalling

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Brian Mcnamee said...

Re: "And all we hear are crickets" Please note that you have my City of Quincy email address wrong. I can be reached by email at bmcnamee@quincyma.gov. Alternatively, I can be reached on my cell at 617-777-1935.
I would hope you might have the cell number of someone from the Quincy State House delegation; afterall, this is a MassDOT project - not a City of Quincy Project. That having been blogged I will work with anyone to resolve issues with this construction project. Best wishes, Brian McNamee, Ward 6 City Councillor, Quincy

Brian Mcnamee said...

By way of follow-up to my earlier Blog - if you visit my website at www.brianmcnamee.com and go to the "Ward 6 Matters" page there is an email from Mr. John Romano, the MassDOT Municipal Liaison Officer detailing the latest estimate of when all lanes will be open on the Neponset Bridge. Thank you for providing this forum. Best wishes, Brian McNamee, Ward 6 City Councillor, Quincy

Marina Bling said...

I always get a kick out of it when anonymous bloggers criticize public officials. It's okay for the bloggers to drag other people through the mud, but they don't have the balls to put their own name out there. Great responses from McNamee. Typical Brian. Taking the higher road, as usual. He always returns my calls and e-mails within 24 hours, and usually on the same day of submission. The blogger put up an incorrect e-mail address, by the way. Pretty hard to get a response from someone when they never receive the original communication. Great fact-checking, buddy. And by the way, the project is in Ward 3, not Ward 6. Everything west of the train tracks are in Ward 3, which is the entire bridge project. How could you not know that? You’d think you would have known that after blogging about this for 2 years. You criticize McNamee for not holding community meetings about this. Are you kidding me? The state held a few meetings before the project started. Where were you? McNamee was there. If you had been there, you would have seen him (he’s hard to miss), and if you visited his website or subscribed to his newsletter, you’d know what was going on. I don’t agree with him all the time, but he’s a good, strong councilor, and we’re lucky to have him. Also, instead of creating your own fantasy world with a blog, you could try picking up a newspaper and reading actual news. Apparently you missed the July 28 story in the Ledger saying work was nearly done. I shudder to think how you’re going to fill your time when the project is done early next year. One suggestion would be to create a blog about how McNamee is responsible for the cost of gas going up. But you’d have to do research for that, so maybe that’s a bad suggestion. I’m sure you mean well, but you’re going about this the wrong way. You need to have facts and be respectful. You should also reveal your identity (I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours) if you want to have an open and honest conversation about this project, which McNamee is obviously open to, even though the project is not in his ward. You’re barking up the wrong tree.

Neponset River Bridge Dig said...


@ Marina Bling

The bridge construction reconstruction project effects Brian McNamee's constituents. It does not matter what ward the bridge is located in. Thanks for your very heart felt comment.

Anonymous said...

It's too bad that local politicians can't take a little criticism with out getting all defensive and sending out a ghost commenter to misdirect their anger and personal frustrations of their own failure to be proactive with this issue.

Anonymous said...

We all saw Brian McNamee at the communtiy meeting before the bridge construction BUT what happen to him DURING the project? Shouldn't there have been letters sent to his constituents to or even ( God forbid) Mr. McNamee doing a little foot work (other than in an election year) to canvas the N. Quincy, Squantum and Marina Bay neighborhoods to see how his neighbors and constituents are dealing with the project? I for one never knew of Mr. McNamee's so called news letter and website.

Nat C. said...

Such a shame - everything looks so nice & I really wish they would have worked on this more during the nighttime hours - or at least moved the cones out of the way until rush hour was over. Oh well - it'll be worth it when it's done.

Anonymous said...

They have paved and that bridge before they worked on the opposite side of the lane. They have recently repaved certain parts--- Way to milk a project- Just finish already, the morning traffic has been prolonged enough.

Anonymous said...

Hey guess what . .its 10/1 and neither of the bridges were fully open . . . and on top of that, there was no one doing work on the Hancock St bridge and I didn't see anyone on the Neponset River Bridge doing work . . just underneath playing in the dirt. Would be nice if the Ward 6 Counselor or whatever would hold the email writer to his word . . let's see if that happens. . .

bmd from qsd said...

Accoeding to Sunday's Globe South, the latest information indicates that the northbound lanes will be open on Friday the 5th, and the southbound lanes a couple weeks later. As for Oct. 1, "Replacement Ref" Romano (he just cant make any correct calls) has done it again.

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I'll continue to not hold my breath!

Anonymous said...

Here is Romanos email address. It would be interesting to know how Oct 1 turned into "in about 3 weeks" for the southbound lanes.

john.romano@state.ma.us

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why the communte has been SO horrible this week?? I feel like with the lanes open, it has been even worse. It is taking me 40+ minutes to get over the bridge from Squantum... Any info would be appreciated! I'm seriously thinking of moving if this is how it will be post-constrtuction...

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