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Cabling Leads To Crossing Chaos

By Zareena Hussain

Work crews laying out fiber optic cable for National Network Technology, a Cambridge-based telecommunications company, cut lines Friday, causing the traffic light at 77 Massachusetts Avenue to go out of service.

“The contractor hit a cable box,” said Dave Bryant, of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking, & Transportation Department.

“It was marked out; I don’t know why they hit it,” Bryant said, adding that work crews had been sent out Monday morning to fix the situation.

While a Cambridge Police crossing guard was on hand last week during work hours to regulate traffic flow, there were no officers present over the weekend, while the light was still broken.

“That concerned us as well,” said Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin, who contacted Cambridge Police over the weekend to ask why there was no detail. “Apparently, they didn’t have the manpower.”

It is unlikely that Campus Police will intervene to put a crossing guard in the event Cambridge Police are not on hand after working hours, because the road is not considered part of the campus and not within Campus Police jurisdiction.

“We try to monitor the situation the best we can,” Glavin said, adding that if there is a situation, Campus Police “will try to cover [the crosswalk] during peak periods,” but not outside that timeframe.