It’s Good To Live In A Three-Daily Town (NYT Scoops Boston Papers Edition)

From Wednesday’s New York Times:

Did Someone Order an Instant Bridge?

BOSTON — The River Street Bridge here is normally unremarkable, the kind of structure people drive over every day without a thought. When it fell into disrepair, state officials knew that replacing it would normally involve two years of detours and frustration for local drivers.

Instead, they did it over a weekend.

By using “accelerated bridge construction” techniques, a collection of technologies and methods that can shave months if not years off the process of building and replacing critical infrastructure, Massachusetts is at the forefront of a national effort that is aimed at putting drivers first.

“This will be the new normal,” said Victor M. Mendez, the head of the Federal Highway Administration.

Quick replacement of bridges, however, is anything but intuitive, he said. “If you haven’t seen it, it seems kind of odd that you’ll pick up a bridge and slide it into place,” he said.

But that’s just what the Massachusetts Department of Transportation did, as the Times reported.

Which got the hardwondering staff to wondering: Did we miss this story in the local dailies?

So we searched the Boston Globe here, and the Boston Herald here.

And here’s what the hardsearching staff found.

From the Boston Globe:

From the Boston Herald:

We could be wrong, but sure looks like the Times scooped the Boston dailies on this story.

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8 Responses to It’s Good To Live In A Three-Daily Town (NYT Scoops Boston Papers Edition)

  1. Adam Gaffin says:

    Oh, God, you’re making me defend the local dailies! As the Times notes, this isn’t the first bridge the state’s replaced like this, so it’d be fair to smack the Globe and Herald around only if they’d never written about rapid bridge replacement (such as along 93 or even along the same train line as the Hyde Park bridge), which I suspect is not the case, because I know I’ve read about it before, and not in the Times. And if that’s true, then the story is really that fast bridge replacement has become so routine around here it’s no longer worth coverage by the local press and is of interest mainly to the foreign correspondents airlifted in for the weekend. If anything, the local story is why are some bridges being replaced so quickly while others (American Legion Highway over Morton St., not all that far from the Times-endorsed bridge) appear to be in the process of replacement by snails with tiny little buckets of cement.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      I dunno, Adam – maybe rapid bridge replacement is routine around here, but this is the first time it’s hit my radar screen.

  2. Bob Gardner says:

    Even stranger — neither paper found time for this story on such a slow news weekend. Was everyone at the Globe and Herald transfixed by the GSA scandal?
    And speaking of missed stories, the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing seems to be slipping by with barely a mention.

  3. Paul@01852 says:

    This is not even “new”–back in the early 70’s the Plain St. bridge over B&M RR tracks was replaced in a weekend by the Mass National Guard. I had a friend who had just graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering who dragged me up to lowell to watch the Guard work. It was a training exercise for the Guard engineers that installed this “temporary” bridge which wasn’t replaced by a permanent one approximately 30 years later which severely inconveneinced me since I live ~100 yards from said bridge today!

  4. Curmudgeon says:

    In this day an age where projects take forever to complete, it is sobering to remember that the Empire State Building was constructed in about a year.

    I’d like to know the answer to this question: Which took longer to complete, the Bruckner Boulevard interchange or The Big Dig?

  5. There were stories about how quickly the bridge in front of the Museum of Science was replaced.

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