Light falls from ramp leading to Tobin Bridge
CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (WHDH) -- Massachusetts transportation officials confirmed that a light fixture resembling a spotlight fell from the Route 1 ramp leading to the Tobin Bridge Thursday.
Officials said the light fixture fell from the ceiling of the City Square Tunnel in Charlestown to its lower deck around noon.
They said it didn’t cause any injuries. They said a state trooper noticed the fallen light fixture.
“It is very lucky that it didn’t strike a vehicle when it fell,” said Frank DePaola, Highway Administrator. “I was surprised to hear that a light fixture fell. It’s nothing that we expect.”
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation addressed the media regarding the light fixture Thursday evening. They said the 20 to 21-year-old light fixture, weighing 10 to 15 pounds, fell due to age and corrosion.
“We replace stuff that is physically deteriorated to the point where it needs to be replaced but we don’t routinely replace things that are still providing good service just to conserve resources,” DePaola said.
Although the fallen fixture didn’t cause any injuries, it still left people worried.
“Well that shouldn’t be happening. It could kill someone,” one woman said.
“It’s a little frustrating. You would hope that they would probably get it right by now, and they would know what they were doing. But hopefully they can get this all cleared up,” said Lindsey Strauss, a concerned driver.
Emergency crews worked overnight to inspect the lights on the ramp. Any defective ones found were to be taken down immediately.
The Tobin Bridge, located near Boston's North End connects Charlestown and Chelsea.