The final section of the Long Island Bridge was detonated by explosives Thursday at 11 a.m. marking the end of local landmark that has stood over Quincy Bay for 64 years.
These photos were taken from the pier at Nut Island in Houghs Neck. Photo one shows the bridge before the detonation; the second shows the explosion and the third shows what’s left of the bridge after the detonation.
About 1,700 feet of the 3,450-foot bridge was detonated on Thursday. Previous planned explosions brought down two other sections totaling 750 feet and 1,000 feet.
The bridge, built in 1951, connected Moon Island to Long Island.
The demolition is being handled by Walsh Construction of Chicago at a cost of $20.6 million.
The City of Boston, owner of the bridge, plans to build a new bridge at an estimated cost of $80 million over the next two to three years.
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 9,850,585 visitors to national parks in Massachusetts spent $488.5 million in the state in 2014. That spending resulted in 6,882 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $648.7 million.
“The national parks of Massachusetts attract visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Northeast Regional Director Mike Caldwell. “Whether they are out for an afternoon, a school field trip, or a month-long family vacation, visitors come to have a great experience, and end up spending a little money along the way. This new report shows that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service – and a big factor in our state’s economy as well, a result we can all support.”
The following national parks in Massachusetts were included in the study: Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Boston National Historical Park, Boston African American National Historic Site, Cape Cod National Seashore, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, Lowell National Historical Park, Minute Man National Historical Park, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, and Springfield Armory National Historic Site.
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz. The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally; 235,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $29.7 billion.
According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs (9.9 percent).
To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.
The report includes information for visitor spending by park and by state.
To learn more about national parks in Massachusetts and how the National Park Service works with Massachusetts communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/MA.
By SCOTT JACKSON
Demolition of the old YMCA building on Coddington Street is underway and will continue for up to six weeks.
Crews began to raze the 60-year-old building this week. YMCA officials anticipate the demolition will take five or six weeks. After that, the site needs to be surcharged for four to five weeks to make the ground suitable for further work. Two to three weeks of landscaping and paving will follow.
Once done, the site will be used to provide additional parking for YMCA members. The project is expected to wrap up by the fall.
The old YMCA building opened in 1955 and closed in September 2013. The new, $30 million YMCA next door opened in December 2013.
By SCOTT JACKSON
Quincy police are searching for the man they say stole a car early Tuesday morning with a woman still inside.
Police Capt. John Dougan said the driver of a black 2011 Toyota Camry pulled into the Hess Gas Station on Hancock Street around 5 a.m. and exited the vehicle to go inside the station.
While the driver was inside the station, a male entered the Camry and drove off with the 46-year-old woman still in the backseat. The woman said the car thief drove approximately 100 yards down the road before stopping to let her out. The thief then drove away over the Neponset Bridge into Dorchester.
The male suspect was wearing a black sweatshirt with red lettering, Dougan said, and had his face covered.