Here’s Your Sign Boston! And Here’s To Hoping It Stops The ‘Storrowing’
They’re back! Beware of Storrowers heading to a college in Boston. With college move-ins happening all over the city, Boston officials have taken some extra precautions to help prevent more storrowings. New storrowing signs are going up. Trucks hauling futons, fans and other furniture into dorms and apartments have notoriously ignored signage leading into overpasses on Storrow Drive in Boston. Perhaps the new “louder” signs will help. Here’s your sign, Boston. And Here’s to hoping it stops the storrowing.
Although there are quite a few signs leading up to Storrow Drive, this new sign, which was installed Monday, should be even more visible. According to MassDCR,the new sign is a bright yellow aluminum made from what they describe as “a high-visibility retroreflective sheet.” The new material is also sturdier, so it should hold up better in the winter weather. The new sign has 4 inches of rubber that will hang at the bottom. This will provide a “soft first contact” for vehicles that are over the size limit. Smart, right?
The new signage is a part of a MassDCR pilot program that will warn drivers of the infamous low clearances on Storrow Drive, as well as Soldiers Field Road and Memorial Drive. This sign will clearly state, in bold bright colors, “Cars Only.” But that’s not all they are doing to prevent the storrowing.
(1/3) As Move In Day 2023 approaches, DCR’s traffic engineers are piloting a new type of high visibility sign in our ongoing attempt to keep trucks off of Storrow Drive and Soldiers Field Road in Boston and Memorial Drive in Cambridge. pic.twitter.com/mhuPhG16sk— MassDCR (@MassDCR) August 28, 2023
DCR has also launched a social media campaign. Working in with the colleges, truck rental and moving companies, it hopes to raise even more awareness. By the way, you can follow DCR on Instagram, X (formerly Twitter), Threads, and YouTube at @MassDCR. One of their rather humorous posts urges us to “help save a truck!” Move-In day is here for some and coming soon for others. You will see increased signage throughout the area. Some of the message boards at at entry points will have a flair of humor, others more serious. But they will all serve as warnings of height restrictions in the area. Good luck out there!