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Old 02-20-15, 09:24 AM
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There's a massive snowbank impeding my regular commute route...

....so some friends and I decided to do something about it!





This is in the corner of the parking lot at the Wellington station on the T's Orange Line, just outside Boston. The snowbank blocks access to that end of the Wellington Greenway bike path, which has been otherwise somewhat maintained.
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I love it. We don't have anything that big here.
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Whoa! Neat.
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Old 02-20-15, 09:46 AM
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What if it collapses and someone is trapped inside? You should clear the path top to bottom and shore up the sides, not leaving a dangerous several foot thick roof and walls that could collapse at any time. I can see kids playing in there and getting killed or severely injured. This is the United States, and Massachusetts, nonetheless! What are you thinking? Anywhere else, this would be cool and awesome!
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What if it collapses and someone is trapped inside? You should clear the path top to bottom and shore up the sides, not leaving a dangerous several foot thick roof and walls that could collapse at any time. I can see kids playing in there and getting killed or severely injured. This is the United States, and Massachusetts, nonetheless! What are you thinking? Anywhere else, this would be cool and awesome!
Darned DC federal government telling him what to do!
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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
Darned DC federal government telling him what to do!
alan s is right though. I agree that it can be dangerous once we reach warmer temps. It might be fun for a while but once you are done you shouldn't leave it like that.
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I would be perfectly ok with the MBTA knocking down the ceiling, as long as the path is left unimpeded. It would actually be quite difficult to do it manually, and we decided that the arch shape is probably more stable than sheer walls.
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Some people whine about everything. Cyclists do.
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I would be perfectly ok with the MBTA knocking down the ceiling, as long as the path is left unimpeded. It would actually be quite difficult to do it manually, and we decided that the arch shape is probably more stable than sheer walls.
Just get an engineer to certify it is safe.
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That is awesome. I'd go out of my way just to go through it.
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Just get an engineer to certify it is safe.
They would require signals on each end to prevent head-on collisions.
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alan s is right though. I agree that it can be dangerous once we reach warmer temps. It might be fun for a while but once you are done you shouldn't leave it like that.
The people that hate bright lights would probably worry that the heat from the lights would melt the ceiling and cause a cave in too.
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Nice!

Structurally it looks fine, better to have the top held open vs risk the top 1/3 falling in.

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One tap on the Airzound and the whole thing comes crashing down.

Proper signage is absolutely required at this point...no horns, use at your own risk, no stopping, no licking the walls, keep your head down, oncoming traffic ahead, one-way traffic only, must be over 18 to continue beyond this point, speed limit 25 mph.
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This is great !!
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Haha, wow, this story is going viral!

FARK.com: (8606714) While most Bostonians have faced 4-hour MBTA commutes and struggled to dig out their cars, these guys and girl dug a 40 foot tunnel through a snowpile that was blocking their bike path
Where there's a will, there's a way | Universal Hub
How a Group of Local Shovelers Dug a 40 Foot Snow Tunnel on a Medford Bike Path | BDCwire
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That's awesome! How many man-hours did it take to complete? I must agree about the safety issue, however. While a collapse may be unlikely, it is a risk that should not be taken. Finish the job.
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This is the can-do attitude we used to have here....... if there's a problem, fix it vs whine.

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It was knocked down sometime today, but apparently they missed the point and left a couple big snow boulders blocking the narrowest section of the path :facepalm:





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"The Boston Tunnel Engineering Crew"

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....so some friends and I decided to do something about it!



This is in the corner of the parking lot at the Wellington station on the T's Orange Line, just outside Boston. The snowbank blocks access to that end of the Wellington Greenway bike path, which has been otherwise somewhat maintained.
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"The Boston Tunnel Engineering Crew"

Winning.
Better:

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I think it looks cute.

I know in the mountains that people dig snow caves and crawl inside as part of storm survival. It is probably stronger than it looks as long as nobody is tobogganing over the top of it.

I'd just be careful as things start to melt in July or August.

It is disappointing that it was knocked down (by the city or punks?).
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It's pretty cleanly removed, definitely a pro plow job, other than the part where they re-blocked the path...
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It's pretty cleanly removed, definitely a pro plow job, other than the part where they re-blocked the path...
I bet those boulders blocking the path would get more attention if they were left at the automobile entrance to the parking lot.
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Originally Posted by alan s View Post
What if it collapses and someone is trapped inside? You should clear the path top to bottom and shore up the sides, not leaving a dangerous several foot thick roof and walls that could collapse at any time. I can see kids playing in there and getting killed or severely injured. This is the United States, and Massachusetts, nonetheless! What are you thinking? Anywhere else, this would be cool and awesome!

I concur. Good idea but, should have engineered it to prevent a collapse that could engulf unwary users. Folks get killed in these home-brew "projects".
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