While looking for an image to post in the “Parking Lot Series” this shot of the Southeast Expressway (now a part of I-93) in South Boston, Massachusetts, turned up. In reality, traffic in the Boston area was and is a slowly moving parking lot, so this photo would fit in perfectly in that series. Your Editor spent a part of a Friday afternoon and evening plus a Saturday on the streets and highways there and on the North Shore late last fall and the traffic congestion was non-stop.
The Southeast Expressway was constructed in the mid-to-late-1950s and was finished and opened to motorists in 1959. It begins in Braintree, a City southeast of “Beantown” and ends in South Boston. The expandable picture by Grant Spencer below of the Roadway courtesy of the Boston Public Library dates to 1971.
Share with us what you find of interest in this photograph. This situation was not just a 1970s problem, take a look at “A Traffic Mess in Beantown” in the early-1960s.