On this day in 1954, Boston announced the opening of the Central Artery, the first elevated expressway in the United States. Reporters from the Boston Globe predicted that commutes into Boston would be reduced exponentially. Unfortunately, these predictions proved to be too optimistic. Less than 30 years later, Governor Michale Dukakis, announced that the Central Artery would be torn down and replaced with an underground expressway. The Big Dig, as the new project was known, was completed in 2007.
The above photos show the Central Artery prior to the construction of the Big Dig. Do any of our followers remember driving on this expressway?
Central Artery, circa 1955-1975 Charlestown Urban Renewal project, Boston Redevelopment Authority photographs, Collection 4010.001
Green Line trolley next to Central Artery, 1976 May, Peter H. Dreyer slide collection, Collection #9800.007, Boston City Archives, Boston