IT’S NEVER too late for improvements, especially where traffic patterns are concerned. But the 11th-hour, 59th-minute complaint by Massachusetts General Hospital and TD Garden about the extent of the disruption caused by the long-planned restoration of the Longfellow Bridge seems like a late-breaking effort to avoid reality.
Indeed, the sheer scale of the 3½-year effort to rehabilitate the main artery between Boston and Cambridge’s Kendall Square guarantees that thousands of people a day will be inconvenienced. But plans for rerouting traffic were announced months ago, and the closure of the Longfellow to Cambridge-bound traffic from this Saturday until September 2014 was a key feature. Such traffic will be directed across the Craigie Bridge, by the Museum of Science. Boston-bound traffic will be allowed on one lane of the Longfellow.