No More Tunnel Traffic Nightmares

Credit: MassDOT

BOSTON, Mass (WBZ-AM)  —  If you’re someone who needs to use I-93 to get into the city every day, my guess is you woke up this morning with just a touch of trepidation, right?

That was a nightmare commute yesterday morning after the latest trucker without a clue tried to drive an oversized load through the Tip O’Neill tunnel and crashed into the roof.

The timing and location couldn’t have been worse, and some folks apparently wound up spending close to three hours in the car for a ride that should take no more than a half hour.

WATCH: Truck Crashes Inside O'Neill Tunnel
WATCH: Truck Crashes Inside O'Neill Tunnel
A tractor-trailer hit the roof of the O'Neill Tunnel early Thursday morning, causing a headache for a.m. commuters.

What a way to start the day.

But this really wasn’t an unusual event for the O’Neill tunnel, a narrow, winding, poorly-designed nightmare that invites speeding with steep declines at either end and gives drivers way too little time to find their exit.

Regular listeners here know all about my disgust with the Big Dig, it’s outrageous costs and broken promises.

But instead of whining about it, however justified that might be, let’s discuss some ideas for mitigating the tunnel nightmare going forward.

First of all, more needs to be done to slow down drivers as they enter the tunnel. Rumble strips, flashing lights and ominous warning signs might help.

Why don’t they have an overhang that would scrape against the roof of a too-tall truck to avoid nightmares like yesterday?

Meanwhile, the inside could use much brighter lighting and that glow-in-the-dark signage on the roadway to guide traffic.

Hello, MassDOT?

And one more thing – massive fines for scofflaws like the one yesterday to deter future negligence.

Is that really too much to ask?

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