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A residential building located in 454-464 Hanover Street, North End, Boston, was declared unsafe.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 13 March 2019

The Coast Guard, along with Quincy, Boston and Massachusetts State police, set up a 1000-yard safety zone between Moon Island and Long Island on March 23rd. Shortly after, with a large burst of smoke, a 750-foot-long section of the Long Island Bridge, in Boston, was demolished. The demolition targeted three sections of the bridge, sections 12, 13 and 14 – each 250 feet long. The demolition, by Walsh Construction Co., is expected to cost $20.6 million and is to be completed by the end of April.

Massachusetts has experienced a large number of structural failures over the past month due to extreme snowfall. This past Wednesday (March 4th), after an additional 2 inches of snow accumulation, some 20 roof collapses occurred across the state including a large industrial complex in Hyde Park. A 10,000-ft2 section of the roof failed causing a 150-foot long section of CMU wall to crumble into the street alongside the complex. Power and gas lines were also damaged in the failure. Officials stated that this group of collapses brings the total to 21 since February 9.

Friday, 26 September 2014 10:05

Developer Proposes 740-Foot Boston Skyscraper

A new $900 million, 740-foot skyscraper is being proposed for Boston’s Financial District. If approved, the skyscraper would be the tallest building in the Financial District and the third tallest building in the city. Entrepreneur Steve Belkin is hoping to receive approval for the tower after failing to receive enough interest or funding for a 1,000-foot building at the same location in 2006. If built, the complex would include office and retail space, a 300-room hotel, and possibly condominiums on the upper floors. The tower would be one of a few skyscrapers built in the area since the 1980s.

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  • Date occured Friday, 26 September 2014

Researchers from Northeastern University in Boston have developed a system that can detect potholes before they occur. Drivers in the northern state run over countless potholes every winter. Many of these potholes across the country cause thousands of dollars worth of damage each year by popping tires, breaking axles, and throwing off vehicle alignment. As winter turns to spring, public works crews spend hundreds of hours fixing these potholes. The research group from Northeastern University believe that their system is ready to be transferred from their lab to the private sector for commercialization.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 07 August 2014