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Efforts to stop bridge crashes haven’t been sufficient

Huge rubber flaps, clanging cow bells, bold neon signage — all have been tried, but nothing has prevented what’s become a troubling back-to-school ritual in Boston: oversized vehicles crashing into bridges on the city’s parkways. The state’s efforts to stop these accidents have been creative, but apparently not sufficient.

Trucks and buses are prohibited from Storrow Drive, Memorial Drive, and Soldiers Field Road. Yet at least 20 box trucks, tourist buses, and tractor trailers have hit overpasses on these stretches since 2007, according to state statistics. There’s obviously a cost — though the state Department of Transportation doesn’t precisely track it — to extracting stuck vehicles, fixing damage to bridges, and unsnarling traffic. Moreover, a February bus crash that injured 30 people, four seriously, underscored the dangers to passengers and other drivers.

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