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MassDOT to Lead Casey Walkthrough Today

The overpass is coming down, but before it does, the state will host a public walkthrough and meeting today.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will take one more step toward the demolition of the crumbling Casey Overpass.

State officials will host a walkthrough of the Casey site and public meeting today at the Boston English High School auditorium, 144 McBride St. The site walkthrough begins at the north entrance to the Forest Hills MBTA station at 3 p.m., and the meeting begins at 6 p.m.

MassDOT filed an environmental notification form in the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act Office in November, according to a MassDOT official.

Due to the impact of the proposed Casey Overpass demolition, albeit slight, the state had to file the notification by Nov. 15, according to the Jamaica Plain Gazette. Nine area trees will be cut, according to the newspaper. The state must host a walkthrough and public meeting along with the filing.

The Casey Arborway – a network of roads at street-level – is set to replace the current overpass, though opponents want to see the overpass demolished and then rebuilt.

John December 13, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Tell MassDOT and MEPA " Don't By-pass Forest Hill! Build the surface solution!
nancy December 13, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Yes! Tell then to dump 24,000+ cars onto the streets of Jamaica Plain!
Steven Crowell December 13, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Pedestrians, wheelchairs, bikes, taxis, trucks - sidewalks, bikepaths, streets and what then... a monorail treadway... for non-motor traffic? It would take one hell of a design innovation to meld all these modes on the same level. I can see the businesses desire for increased motor traffic not speeding by, 75 feet overhead like now, but this is going to change Forest Hills and JP as a whole. Big Time.
karen harris December 14, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Went to meeting tonight. Very disappointed. It seems like it's a done deal so why have a meeting. Oh yeah, to tell you what's going to be done whether you like it or not. We were told by facilitator that the purpose of the Q & A , which was not recorded, was to help us prepare our comments With over an hour of blah, blah, blah and with the entourage of Olmstead groupies, only one opponent of at-grade got to speak 2 hours in. Fred is dead. We are not in 1892. Oh yeah, we were assured that traffic would not worsen. I don't see how that could be measured without a crystal ball. (Michael, please don't bother to reply).
Krista K December 14, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Karen, I was there too and heard several opponents of the at-grade solution speak--Jeff Ferris, Bernie Doherty, and a few others. They are in the minority, much as it pains you. That's no reason to misrepresent the facts. And btw, I live in Forest Hills and am thrilled about the Casey coming down.
Michael Halle December 14, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Hi Karen, This meeting was advertised as the project's MEPA review hearing. MEPA is the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act. If you or anyone else feels that this project's planning process ignored or neglected specific environmental issues covered by MEPA's mandate, now is the time to raise them, in writing. (That's just how MEPA does its comments.) It seems like there was an idea circulated in the community that this meeting might somehow bring the bridge alternative back into play. As explained in the meeting, MEPA doesn't have the power to do that. What MEPA can and can't do is broad but specific. SInce a good number of people in the audience had never seen the actual plan, were not aware that the at-grade plan was formally selected about nine months ago, or knew what MEPA's role in the process is, it seems like this public Q&A *was* useful. Now written comments from everyone can be more on-point and thus more effective. As an aside, and as frustrating as things can be, let's not let this process devolve to name-calling. Anyone, any side. It helps nothing, and it will just leave bad feelings that will outlast this project. We may disagree, but we're essentially all doing what we think is right for our community.
Bernard Doherty December 14, 2012 at 06:54 PM
The majority of people who attended the meeting last night at English High were in favor of having a bridge element in the traffic solution for Forest Hills once the old bridge comes down. 24,000 cars, trucks, MBTA buses, school buses etc... will now be on a surface road composed of six to seven new lanes of fertile tar. Mix in the 14,000 cars, trucks, MBTA buses, school buses etc... presently passing through Forest Hills and you have the formular of a Mall developers dream.

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