How to know if the drawbridge in East Boston/Chelsea is up or down?
February 22, 2013 4:46 AM Subscribe
Asking for a friend: is there a website or webcam that shows whether the P.J. McArdle drawbridge connecting East Boston to Chelsea, MA is up or down at any given moment?
posted by dywypi to Travel & Transportation around Boston, MA (5 answers total)
My friend works in East Boston and says that when the bridge is up (i.e. allowing water traffic), it can tie up street traffic for half an hour. NextBus doesn’t reflect this, so if she leaves her office to catch a bus that NextBus says is coming in 4 minutes, it could actually be more like a 20-minute wait. She’d rather not leave her warm office only to stand in the cold while the gridlock clears up.
Is there an easy way for her to check the bridge’s current state online before heading outside? No place in her office building has a direct line of sight to the bridge, so she can’t just go to another floor and look out a window. Finally, I take it the bridge is not on a schedule she can look up, but if I’m mistaken and it is a regular, timed event, where would she find that info?