Who's in charge here?
November 8, 2012 7:37 PM Subscribe
Why did I sit on the Mass Pike yesterday for 3 hrs and who would do something if I complained about it?
posted by Tandem Affinity to Law & Government (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Yesterday, I did my usual one-hour drive home, primarily on the Mass Pike. Between exits 10 and 9 westbound, traffic came to an abrupt stop and I spent the next three hours mostly sitting, with brief intervals of rolling, until I finally reached exit 9. I guess some accidents involving tractor trailers were the acute cause of this mess, but the real cause was the extremely poor condition of the roads. It seems to me that proper pre-treatment of the roads plus vigilant, continuing plowing would have kept the effects of the storm to a minor inconvenience; as it was, I am surprised I made it home intact. Even if that wouldn't have been enough, just leaving the roads unplowed as they were didn't seem like an effective option.
It was very upsetting to me, because I feel that some governing body should be ensuring the safety of the roads, but the complete lack of effort I saw made me think that no one is on top of this and the roads will just be complete anarchy whenever it snows. Even if plows had been hired, they weren't actually doing much. Evidence of very little effort being made included 1) the heinous condition of the toll plaza, which should have been easily accessible to plows and salters, 2) when I got stuck on an offramp because trucks in front of me were stuck, the person answering the phone at the non-emergency line of the police station had no advice and refused to send an officer to the scene, insisting that I should "just go on to the next exit" (repeated descriptions of what 'stuck' meant did not help), and 3) while I was sitting there the 3 hrs, my husband was monitoring the MassDOT map of the area -- for at least a portion of this time, the map showed things as green/all good and would have been encouraging to someone wondering if it was alright to venture out.
tl;dr Who is in charge of keeping the interstates in MA safe, and is there any point in complaining to that agency?