Biking in Boston

Highwayguy

New member
Joined
Apr 1, 2020
Messages
44
Reaction score
56
On a side note, I really wish jurisdiction over the bridge was better established, cause there's this one awful expansion joint on the Boston-bound side that is, and has always been, a (literal) pain in the ass to bike over, and I have no idea who to gripe to. :/
As a rule of thumb, (almost) every bridge is state maintained. Also see https://gis.massdot.state.ma.us/StateHighwayLayouts
Not 100% accurate but pretty decent.
Zooming in on Mass Ave, l would assume state jurisdiction actually extends until Back street to include the Storrow overpasses rather than ending at the Southern dry pier, but maybe Boston actually owns two spans, who knows.
 
Last edited:

JeffDowntown

Senior Member
Joined
May 28, 2007
Messages
3,546
Reaction score
909
As a rule of thumb, (almost) every bridge is state maintained. Also see https://gis.massdot.state.ma.us/StateHighwayLayouts
Not 100% accurate but pretty decent.
Zooming in on Mass Ave, l would assume state jurisdiction actually extends until Back street to include the Storrow overpasses rather than ending at the Southern dry pier, but maybe Boston actually owns two spans, who knows.
"State Maintained" still does not fully answer the jurisdiction question, DCR versus MassDOT, for example.
 

F-Line to Dudley

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 2, 2010
Messages
7,802
Reaction score
3,239
"State Maintained" still does not fully answer the jurisdiction question, DCR versus MassDOT, for example.
Harvard Bridge is a DCR structure.


EDIT: The placards for the bridge's 1990 rehab namecheck it as a Metropolitan District Commission joint, and I believe even the manhole covers and decorative streetlight poles all across it are likewise stamped with the early-90's MDC badge. All MDC roadways passed intact to DCR when the new agency was created to replace it.
 
Last edited:

Arlington

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Dec 10, 2011
Messages
5,013
Reaction score
1,271
So the question remains (?) whether restriping the general travel lanes ends up being DCR because of their bike/ped interest, or MassDOT because the asphalt are “DOT lanes?”
 

Highwayguy

New member
Joined
Apr 1, 2020
Messages
44
Reaction score
56
For the joint probably complain to DOT D6. That could be fixed by adding onto a maintenance contract NBD.

Restriping whats there now definitely DOT. Looked through old Earth imagery; resurfacing and striping limits end at the joint next to Back St, so Boston doesn’t own the spans over Storrow as the jurisdiction map suggests.

As for a major lane reconfiguration, that would be its own DOT project with stakeholder outreach including DCR, the T, the City, and a Globe think piece or 5. Likey would coincide with deck resurfacing and be a “big deal”. Probably would only happen if theres push from either up top in DOT/ state GOV or the municipalities.

As for removing the curb to connect the ramp to the NB bike lane, bitch to DOT and DCR just to be safe. Definitely still within DOT’s purview but DCR could push. Curb cuts on bridges are generally avoided at all costs for *reasons* though so good luck. I think it somehow compromises the deck waterproofing? Not a bridge guy so don’t know. Would probably only happen during a resurfacing.
 
Last edited:

jass

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 10, 2006
Messages
4,953
Reaction score
480

Top