Apparently, trophies are lining up under an overpass on Cambridge’s Memorial Drive. It’s got the terrific Universal Hub wondering whether the trophies signify that yet another truck has been can-opened under the notoriously unforgiving height limit along Boston’s Storrow Drive, just on the other side of the river.
“Storrow” is more than just the name of the pleasantly twisting route along the Charles River.
The route gets its name from James Jackson Storrow II, an investment banker who would financed the boulevard, who eventually become General Motors’ third — and shortest serving — president.
He lasted three months in the job.
Maybe it foreshadowed some curse he placed on the box trucks of Boston forevermore.
Yes, in Boston, “Storrow” isn’t just a surname, it’s a verb:
To drive a 12’6″ cube van into the city of Boston using Storrow Drive.
ex.: “Yah, kehd, I was on my way to the Gaahden to see the Broons and I got stuck behind some guy that got storrowed in a Rydah truck.”
The city of Boston has done just about everything possible to avoid trucks wedging themselves under the bridge, but nevertheless, a couple times a year some intrepid soul thinks that the 10-foot sign is a mere suggestion rather than a concrete fact.
The Massachusetts State Police say that an average of two trucks a year manage to jam under one of the many bridges, not just on the Storrow Drive side of the river, but on the Cambridge side along Memorial Drive, too.
#MAtraffic Overheight Truck; Storrow Dr EB at Longfellow.
STUDENTS: Check ur route b4 coming in w/moving trucks pic.twitter.com/eFO2tJxNUp
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) August 30, 2016
The most hazardous time of year is coming quickly. After the summer break, as the dads of freshmen students at Boston’s many colleges arrive to town with a Budget rental truck full of futons, hot pots, dorm fridges, black light posters and bongs, several inevitably find themselves backing up the entire length of Storrow Drive until they can find an exit they can clear.
Storrow Drive is among several places in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and around the country that have been known to peel open a truck like a ripe clementine.
The Canopener Bridge in Westwood, Massachusetts has claimed the lives of many a Hertz rental, although that one is in the process of being replaced:
The most famous truck-peeler is Durham, North Carolina’s 11’8″ bridge, which has attained internet meme status thanks to the efforts of a YouTube channel that documents its victims: