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MassDOT Casey Overpass Report Now Online

The nearly year-old report says MassDOT found heavy rust on “stay-in-place” forms and the drainage system in poor condition.

An 11-month old inspection report by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on the Casey Overpass has been made available online.

The Jamaica Plain Gazette posted the 79-page safety report due to reader requests, according to a post on the newspaper’s website.

The report, dated Jan. 16, finds several aspects of the overpass are in poor condition including lighting, drainage and deck joints.

The Gazette reported Oct. 26 that the inspection found debris occasionally falls from the aging overpass to the ground.

The most recent example of that was in late August, when falling debris forced closure of one of the bridge's lanes, resulting in a traffic nightmare.

yannaro November 09, 2012 at 04:02 AM
There's no argument from anyone that the condition of the overpass demanded a change. What's open to debate is whether the decision to go with an at grade replacement rather than a new bridge is in the best interests of the neighborhood and the 20,000 plus drivers that use the bridge each morning and again in the evening.
ann merritt November 10, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I agree. I find the streets around Forest Hills Station to be a nightmare for travel now. The lights on New Washington st seem to be timed to require frequent stopping and backups of traffic. In addition ,the school buses stop in the middle of the street to pick up and drop off students as their parents park all along the side of the road waiting for the buses to arrive, sometimes double parking. Add to this the new development around the station bringing increased traffic, an increase in vehicle registrations and use and diverting all the 25,000+ drive over cars down onto New Washington st every day. I don't believe that a reconfiguration of a few lanes can accomodate this traffic. I also noticed, new houses being built alongside New Washington st, that will narrow even further any plans for wider roads, bike paths or green space. I believe we are being hoodwinked by the State and City agencies responsible for this scheme.

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