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Central Artery Demolition

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By Neal - Dec 24, 2003, 1:47 PM
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They're wasting no time taking down the old highway. I walked by the area near the Dock Sq Garage and they already have the deck completely removed from a good chunk of it, the heavy machinery biting into it as if were made of cake. There was quite a crowd watching from ground level near the shops at Fanuiel Hall. What a show!

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By AmeriKenArtist - Dec 24, 2003, 3:54 PM
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Can you join us Saturday, CH?

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By Ron Newman - Dec 24, 2003, 11:18 PM
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After reading your message, I wandered over there tonight. For about a block near Clinton Street, the road surface is entirely gone -- all that's left is the steel frame that supported it.

It's hard to believe that just four days ago, traffic was still flowing up there.

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By AmeriKenArtist - Dec 24, 2003, 11:42 PM
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I watched some heavy machinery clawing and carrying large pieces of the road surface. The walk might be spotty. And tonight I read of an account of someone walking an on-ramp. A worker got on his cell and the walker left the area.

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By Ron Newman - Dec 24, 2003, 11:48 PM
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Where did you read that? I'd like to read it too.

I wandered all around the Artery tonight, but didn't go up any of the ramps. I didn't want to risk injuring myself at night in a place where I might not be found until Friday. No work was going on tonight, but all of the ramps were easily accessible. They're not even trying to seal any of them off, despite the 'Orange Alert'.

Most of the ramps at least have jersey barriers or other impediments to vehicle traffic, but one of them was wide open, protected by nothing more than a 'Do Not Enter' sign. I can just imagine a drunk driver, maybe on New Year's Eve, going up that ramp.

One thing I recommend, that doesn't involve climbing any ramps: Walk from Causeway Street south into the area where the northbound off-ramp used to be. Look to your right, and imagine all of the elevated structures that you now see being gone -- the southbound Artery, the southbound Haymarket off-ramp, and the Green Line below that ramp.
Look again to your left, and realize just how much empty land will lie between the lines of buildings on Medford Street (to your left) and Canal Street (to your right).

Eventually, this area (part of the Bulfinch Triangle) is supposed to entirely refill with new buildings.

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By AmeriKenArtist - Dec 25, 2003, 12:22 AM
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skyscraperguy.com forum, enter forum, Boston Skyscrapers, Walking the Elevated Artery.

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By Ron Newman - Dec 25, 2003, 12:37 AM
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Thanks! I added a comment there about my experience, with a pointer to this forum.

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By AmeriKenArtist - Dec 26, 2003, 3:44 PM
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I woke up this morning with influenza. I have a fever, 104 temp. Rats! Someone take pictures!

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By Sparky - Dec 26, 2003, 3:47 PM
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Get well soon!

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By Ron Newman - Dec 26, 2003, 3:59 PM
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Get well! Now I gotta buy a camera...

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By Ron Newman - Dec 26, 2003, 4:46 PM
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eeka, do you still want to do this tomorrow? Is anyone else coming?

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By Ron Newman - Dec 26, 2003, 5:47 PM
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That machine was back there this afternoon, ripping up the side guardrail and other parts of the elevated highway next to Marketplace Center. A small crowd gathered there to watch.

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By Fred Sennott - Dec 26, 2003, 7:22 PM
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That machine was back there this afternoon, ripping up the side guardrail and other parts of the elevated highway next to Marketplace Center. A small crowd gathered there to watch.

There might not be anything left by tomorrow.
Trust in God and sin not.Don't blame me I'm like Sparky I voted for Sarah to.

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By eeka - Dec 26, 2003, 9:35 PM
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That machine was back there this afternoon, ripping up the side guardrail and other parts of the elevated highway next to Marketplace Center. A small crowd gathered there to watch.


Shoot. Actually was just coming on to post that I can't! I was apparently volunteered to play tour guide to a visiting German cousin tomorrow. Should be fun, but it doesn't hold a candle to sneaking around on a busted-up bridge.

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By Ron Newman - Dec 26, 2003, 9:51 PM
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If you want to try again Sunday, let me know (here or by email)

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By eeka - Dec 27, 2003, 7:02 PM
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If you want to try again Sunday, let me know (here or by email)


I work 9-5.

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By Ron Newman - Dec 27, 2003, 11:29 PM
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OK .. if there's a day this week that you don't work 9-5 (other than 12/31, when I'll be at First Night all day), let me know.

I might also be up for a night visit to the Big DIg (tomorrow or some other day), if you like that idea.

And Ken, let us know when you recover!

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By eeka - Dec 28, 2003, 9:29 AM
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I work 9-5 every day this week.

I could most likely do a night visit Tuesday night any time after about 6.

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By Frankie - Dec 28, 2003, 6:02 PM
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I work 9-5 every day this week.


eeka, does this mean your job problems are over?

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By eeka - Dec 28, 2003, 6:26 PM
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I work 9-5 every day this week.


eeka, does this mean your job problems are over?



Oh, god no.

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By Frankie - Dec 28, 2003, 6:30 PM
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eeka, does this mean your job problems are over?


Oh, god no.



Alas and alack.

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By AmeriKenArtist - Dec 29, 2003, 5:31 PM
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Well, I'm feeling better, but had a harrowing weekend. Evidently I got disoriented with fever and dehydration. And I fell into the bathtub! Next thing I knew, I was on the floor, being held by my wife while she was calling 911. I was taken by ambulance to the hospital. I am home now, and feel much better today, compared to just yesterday, but am still pretty ill. Thanks for your concern. SOMEBODY take some pictures! (sorry)

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By Ron Newman - Dec 29, 2003, 5:35 PM
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Get well soon! I hope you didn't injure yourself.

Do you want people to bring you anything?

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Re: Central Artery Demolition
By Scottd - Dec 29, 2003, 6:55 PM
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Here`s a thread with some piuctures I took of the artery being torn down
http://www.skyscraperamerica.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1714

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Re: Central Artery Demolition

By AmeriKenArtist - Dec 29, 2003, 7:47 PM
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Thanks for the good thoughts Ron. I'm in good hands and three neighbors have been knocking at the door. Scott, great pictures. Thanks so much for sharing. I like your shots from above. You caught some nice light in some of the skyline pics. If you saw the photos from my "walk", we walked some similar steps, down to back of the Fleet Center. I didn't shoot much back there, thinking I might fill the camera before getting to my destination. It was a great suprise to see the shots I passed on!

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