Residents Of Boston Community Fuming Over “Bridge Bashing” Truck Drivers

Boston, Massachusetts – Residents of the Boston community of Westwood say they are at their wits end with truckers bashing into the what has now become known as the “notorious East Street Bridge.”

It happened again Friday morning when a tractor-trailer crashed into the 10’6″ low clearance bridge causing more frustration to residents and backing up traffic for a few hours. Fortunately today’s accident didn’t cause any damage to the bridge, but officials say the bridge had to be replaced this fall after series of bridge bashing incidents at the hands of truck drivers not paying attention to the clearance warnings.

The truck driver in Friday morning’s crash was cited for driving illegally on the roadway. However, officials say citations are not enough of a determent to keep trucks from damaging the bridge.


Get this… in the last six years the East Street Bridge has been bashed eighty times. Let that sink in a minute. That’s an average of more than one per month.

“They call it the can opener it’s ripped so many tops off,” resident Steve Reynolds told CBS Boston. The city has posted many signs beginning as far away as one mile, yet officials say it hasn’t helped.

“The signs have never worked,” said Westwood town administrator Michael Jaillet. “We put $40,000 worth of signs onto that street. There’s not much more we can do.”

Just this fall a new bridge span was added that raised the height about a foot, but officials say it hasn’t stopped the bridge bashing. Town officials are still trying to get the clearance up to 13’6″.

So, work is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019 to lower the road itself another foot and a half. Anything to stop the inconveniences to residents each time a truck bashes into the bridge.

“It’ll solve most of the problems, but will it ever solve all the problems,” said Michael Walsh, chairman of the Board of Selectman. “People just don’t pay attention.”

Video shared courtesy of CBS Boston/YouTube.


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Comment (2)

  1. It’s taken 80 hits for Boston residents and law enforcement to acknowledge that doing the same thing after every hit isn’t working. Typical new England thought process. How about closing the road to trucks??? Use traffic cops for something besides special donut shop protection issue citations to those dangerous criminal truckers for driving on non designated route. Shame on them for thinking they are equal to genetically superior bostonians!! Would love to see complete strike by every size truck effectively stopping delivery of every conceivable necessity want and luxury item that is hauled by truck to Boston. As a driver I’m sick your amateur aggressive driving I’m sick of your tolls I’m sick of your taxes I’m sick of your lack of parking I’m sick of your God damned self Superiority belief I’m sick of using my skills to save your lives on new englands pot hole riddled roadways and finally I wish there was a law banning that God awful accent made by the flapping of your pasty wind chapped lips. I said those things to make a point..instead of wasting the time of every one I come in contact with by behaving like a spoiled child concerned only with my opinions needs and personal comfort I refuse to take any product north of Camden NJ. You don’t have to deal with my personal negativity which if provoked could lead to pent up agressive reactions to behaviors accepted in your slice of society. If majority of bostonians share similar opinions of those who proudly and publicly voiced at start of article please follow my non agressive advice. I refuse to deliver anything to that area due to my inability to find anything positive about new England. All you have to do is make Boston a “no truck” zone in fact all of new England if you want. You will of course loose cash flow from profiling actions of your safety enforcement you will suffer rise in unemployment as any logistics type buisness would benefit by relocation out of your area. You may find yourselves in mass Exodus of biblical proportions by all types of mass production buisnesses as they couldn’t ship their own product out to rest of country.

  2. I enjoyed the last comment. It probably took over 40 years for the authorities to lower the road on southbridge st in Worcester. That was constantly getting hit. That was access to a container yard. And direct closest connection to hiway.
    If you make a road. You have to expect the traffic. Men with great foresight put bandaids of problems. Except the healthcare criminal industry. If you need a bandaid then will give you a cat scan MRI and see 15 specialist. Hi YA!!


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