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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #50 on: November 09, 2016, 02:41:23 PM »

If there's actual interest in this I could probably host it (or help Steve host it). There's also a few things worth seeing in and around the city that haven't been mentioned, including some old signs, and the tollbooth demolitions on the Turnpike. Also, an abandoned stretch of 128 in the Blue Hills Reservation.
Tollbooth demolitions should be long done by next summer.

Are there any left?  I just see pavement rejiggering now.

Phase 1 is virtually done at this point. Booths are all gone.

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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #51 on: November 09, 2016, 09:26:02 PM »

If there's actual interest in this I could probably host it (or help Steve host it). There's also a few things worth seeing in and around the city that haven't been mentioned, including some old signs, and the tollbooth demolitions on the Turnpike. Also, an abandoned stretch of 128 in the Blue Hills Reservation.
Tollbooth demolitions should be long done by next summer.


However, that still might be something worth seeing for some people. Even with the booths themselves long gone, AET is still somewhat of a novelty, and it will be interesting to see the interim layouts with the booths gone but the interchanges still in their current configurations.

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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #52 on: November 10, 2016, 09:05:21 AM »

Even with the booths themselves long gone, AET is still somewhat of a novelty, and it will be interesting to see the interim layouts with the booths gone but the interchanges still in their current configurations.
To the best of my knowledge, the AET conversion along the Pike doesn't include reconfiguring any of the interchanges and none are planned except for the Weston (I-95/MA 30/128 interchange/plaza) &* the Allston-Brighton-Cambridge interchange; which was the latter being independent of the AET toll conversion project though the latest design anticipated its implementation.   

IIRC, the proposed alteration of the Allston-Brighton-Cambridge interchange was independent of the AET conversion.

What could happen, down the road, is if an additional interchange is needed & built; it will no longer be of the dual-trumpet or trumpet-connector variety (i.e less real estate would be needed/taken).

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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #53 on: November 10, 2016, 09:22:22 AM »

Even with the booths themselves long gone, AET is still somewhat of a novelty, and it will be interesting to see the interim layouts with the booths gone but the interchanges still in their current configurations.
To the best of my knowledge, the AET conversion along the Pike doesn't include reconfiguring any of the interchanges and none are planned except for the Allston-Brighton-Cambridge interchange; which was independent of the AET toll conversion project though the latest design anticipated its implementation.   

IIRC, the proposed alteration of the Allston-Brighton-Cambridge interchange was independent of the AET conversion.

What could happen, down the road, is if an additional interchange is needed & built; it will no longer be of the dual-trumpet or trumpet-connector variety (i.e less real estate would be needed/taken).

Yes. Heck, in many places, there just isn't room to reconfigure.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #54 on: November 10, 2016, 09:31:10 AM »

Even with the booths themselves long gone, AET is still somewhat of a novelty, and it will be interesting to see the interim layouts with the booths gone but the interchanges still in their current configurations.
To the best of my knowledge, the AET conversion along the Pike doesn't include reconfiguring any of the interchanges and none are planned except for the Allston-Brighton-Cambridge interchange; which was independent of the AET toll conversion project though the latest design anticipated its implementation.   

IIRC, the proposed alteration of the Allston-Brighton-Cambridge interchange was independent of the AET conversion.

What could happen, down the road, is if an additional interchange is needed & built; it will no longer be of the dual-trumpet or trumpet-connector variety (i.e less real estate would be needed/taken).
In addition to the intermediate Allston-Brighton work - reconfiguring and extending the eastbound exit - being done in Demo Phase II, the Weston interchange is going to be re-configured as well once Demo Phase II is completed.  The westbound exit is going to be changed into two separate exits, one for I-95/128 and one for Route 30.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #55 on: November 10, 2016, 09:38:54 AM »

In addition to the intermediate Allston-Brighton work - reconfiguring and extending the eastbound exit - being done in Demo Phase II, the Weston interchange is going to be re-configured as well once Demo Phase II is completed.  The westbound exit is going to be changed into two separate exits, one for I-95/128 and one for Route 30.
Forgot about that one (& I've since edited my earlier post to reflect such).

So in a nutshell & at present, only the interchanges that had mainline toll plazas in them are slated to be reconfigured.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #56 on: November 13, 2016, 09:05:49 PM »

In addition to the intermediate Allston-Brighton work - reconfiguring and extending the eastbound exit - being done in Demo Phase II, the Weston interchange is going to be re-configured as well once Demo Phase II is completed.  The westbound exit is going to be changed into two separate exits, one for I-95/128 and one for Route 30.
Forgot about that one (& I've since edited my earlier post to reflect such).

So in a nutshell & at present, only the interchanges that had mainline toll plazas in them are slated to be reconfigured.

Not quite true. The state put out an RFP a while ago looking to reconfigure the Pike/495 interchange. Not sure the status of it, since I don't think my firm ended up submitting a bid for it.

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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #57 on: November 13, 2016, 09:13:29 PM »

In addition to the intermediate Allston-Brighton work - reconfiguring and extending the eastbound exit - being done in Demo Phase II, the Weston interchange is going to be re-configured as well once Demo Phase II is completed.  The westbound exit is going to be changed into two separate exits, one for I-95/128 and one for Route 30.
Forgot about that one (& I've since edited my earlier post to reflect such).

So in a nutshell & at present, only the interchanges that had mainline toll plazas in them are slated to be reconfigured.

Not quite true. The state put out an RFP a while ago looking to reconfigure the Pike/495 interchange. Not sure the status of it, since I don't think my firm ended up submitting a bid for it.

That one should be reconfigured. Difficult thanks to the wetlands, but the current setup is a mess.
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Re: Boston roadmeet?
« Reply #58 on: November 20, 2016, 02:24:42 AM »

So since the quiet times are prior to September (when it'd be easiest to do the meet), I'm out. Even then, I'm uncertain if my brother is accepted into MIT, so my chances are really shaky right now and hard to determine. If the meet does push through and happen, and I do go to Boston, I can just retrace the itinerary (I tried to do so with Richmond, but didn't have time).
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