Officials warn of loud bangs sounding over the next two weeks in the Fenway area
Loud, gunshot-like bangs will sound in parts of Brookline and Boston through next week, as the Army Corps of Engineers runs tests on support structures for the Muddy River renovation project.
In light of the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon, the project’s managers, local officials, and State Police have launched a campaign to notify area residents not to be alarmed by the sounds, said Mike Keegan, project manager with the Army Corps of Engineers.
The tests, which will be conducted on a stretch of the river near the Landmark Center, will begin Tuesday morning and continue periodically until May 10, Keegan said.
“The tests will sound like gunshots,” he said. “They last for less than a second.”
Engineers are working to fix the Muddy River’s chronic flooding problem. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, engineers will conduct strength tests on concrete shafts that are part of the project using a device that exerts pressure on the concrete and, in the process, creates a loud noise, Keegan said.
So far eight tests have been scheduled: four from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday and another four between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, State Police said.
Police will stop traffic along parts of Park Drive and the Riverway during the tests, Keegan said.
“We don’t want somebody driving and distracted by a loud noise,” he said. “The tests are short and traffic will only be stopped for a short time so we aren’t anticipating any traffic delays.”
Keegan said the tests could not be postponed because the necessary equipment is already on its way from Florida to Boston and must be taken to a different project as soon as engineers finish the Muddy River tests.
“It has to go to another job right after,” he said. “ So if we delay it at all, it’s going to have serious delays on the whole project.”
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