Should Jamaica Plain's Shea Circle Become Shea Square?

The proposal to turn the rotary into a square intersection has raised some controversy.

Shea Circle in Jamaica Plain. Credit: Google Maps
Shea Circle in Jamaica Plain. Credit: Google Maps

Officials are looking at potentially transforming the Shea Circle that leads from Forest Hills to Franklin Park into a square intersection with a stoplight, the Jamaica Plain News reported this week. 

The effort would comprise a portion of the Casey Overpass project that includes the tearing down of the bridge and replacing it with a network of streets. 

Shea Circle lies within the Morton Street Historic District, and as such the Massachusetts Historical Commission has asked the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to reconsider its plans, according to Boston.com.

Meanwhile, some officials have supported the project, and MassDOT this month released a letter and supporting documents regarding why Shea Circle should be turned into Shea Square, according to the JP News.

Do you agree with the proposed project? Let us know with comments below.

Derek Vanderdum March 19, 2014 at 03:43 PM
This is going to turn into the BIGGEST cluster, REPLACE THE BRIDGE NOW, not after they realize the at-grade won't work!!!
fp March 19, 2014 at 03:47 PM
No NO NO way must stay as is . Traffic lights are big time wasters, dumb robots!!
Clayton Harper March 19, 2014 at 03:56 PM
MassDOT's plan to turn the 1930s-era Shea Circle rotary into a signalized intersection provides a number of significant benefits to the local community: pedestrian and cycling access to Franklin Park from the rest of the Emerald Necklace parks becomes far safer with dedicated crossings; an occasional red light for the east-west traffic from Morton Street to the Arborway provides vehicle traffic calming through Forest Hills that the out-moded and dangerous rotary free-for-all does not; when the slices of the rotary pie land are reconnected to the adjacent parks the usable park space becomes greater. Though the rotary is part of the "Morton Street Historic District" - a National Registry of Historic Places entity created in 2004, a fact which triggers MHC's consultation - any historical significance the rotary has was created almost entirely out of the far-earlier and more historically significant Olmsted-era Franklin Park and Arborway. MassDOT's proposed landscape treatments for the Casey Arborway project as a whole take their cues from that earlier period while enhancing the access and safety of all modes in the corridor: vehicular, public transit, pedestrian and cycling. For all these reasons, I favor the plan.
Greg Hunt March 21, 2014 at 09:52 AM
The current Shea Circle is a nightmare to walk and bike across. The open space in the middle is completely inaccessible to anyone who might want to use it. And in a car the circle is a free for all. A modern, signalized intersection with clear bike and pedestrian pathways and connected open space would be a huge safety and access improvement. Either way we should all be directing our comments to the MHC so they can keep the ball rolling on the Casey Arborway project and get it out to bid. This time wasting isn't serving anyone.
Peg March 23, 2014 at 06:15 PM
OK, Greg, the"inaccessible" open space in the middle should be replaced with lots of cement, making it inaccessible to the birds and critters in the trees, and the people who like to enjoy the vision of big old green trees? This "time wasting" is called public process, and your time spent writing your opinion and my time spent writing mine is not wasted time.


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