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Light Fixture Falls From Tobin Bridge Onto Roadway

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BOSTON (CBS) – A light fixture fell from the Tobin Bridge on Thursday.

Around noon, a  State Police trooper discovered the light on Route 1 on the ramp approaching the bridge in a northbound lane.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Lana Jones reports


The spotlight, which weighed about 15 pounds, did not fall on any cars and no injuries were reported.

Electricians determined that the light likely fell due to corrosion. Crews will be inspecting similar lights to determine if any others are at-risk of failure.

Any light that needs to be replaced will cost about $1,000.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation Administrator Frank DePaola says the light fixture was in place for over 20 years.

“This an example of the age and state of our infrastructure,” said DePaola. “We are constantly doing maintenance, we need to find the resources so that we can do more maintenance to increase the state of good repair of our entire transportation network.

A painting project involving sandblasting was suspended last week by the Boston Fire Department due to an issue with standpipes.

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