Thursday, May 24, 2012
Mayor Thomas Menino came out publicly against the "at-grade" plan for reconfiguration of the Casey Overpass area. He would have preferred a smaller bridge with a greenway beneath it.
Mayor Thomas Menino isn't happy with the state's plan to tear down the Casey Overpass and replace it with a network of ground-level streets. Instead, he said he'd like to have seen a rebuilt, smaller Casey bridge with a greenway beneath it connecting the Arboretum and Franklin Park. "Be a little creative," said Menino, who has been mayor for 19 years. "Sometimes you've got to think outside the box." Asked how a big project like this could go against his wishes in his own city, he pointed to state authorities. "It's their project, not my project," Menino said during a lunch meeting with reporters from local community news outlets. He said a project like that might cost a little more than the approach chosen by the State Department of …
Friday, March 30, 2012
While the state and supporters of a surface-only traffic pattern for the new Forest Hills urge moving on, there remains a group opposed to the decision.
At a state hearing that authorities aimed to be the last chapter in the "bridge versus at-grade debate," critics made it clear they aren't going away. Thursday night more than 100 people attended a public meeting about what the state is now calling the "Casey Arborway Project." The decrepit Casey Overpass will be torn down and a six-lane system of surface roads will move traffic instead. At a meeting of the Working Advisory Group last week, the state was calling the project the "Casey Parkway." Patch has reached out to Department of Transportation to find out what the official name is. At Thursday night's public meeting at English High, state officials started off by laying out the timeline for the rest of the project. An attached photo …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
State officials say the new six-lane road through Forest Hills will be named for Monsignor William J. Casey, for whom the to-be-demolished Casey Overpass is named.
CORRECTION, Monday, April 2: State officials say the final name for the road has not been set in stone. It has been given the working title "Casey Arborway Project." Future discussions with the city and other stakeholders could result in a different name, said Kate Fichter, a representative of the Mass. Department of Transportation. The Gazette issued a correction about the term "Casey Parkway" being chosen. Patch regrets not confirming this separately. The original text is below. This poll has been closed to further votes. ~~~~~ State officials plan to name the new six-lane road through the area under the Casey Overpass as "Casey Parkway," according to the Gazette. Do you like the sound of the name? It honors Monsignor William J. Casey, …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The Casey Overpass is coming down in the Forest Hills area. West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain's District Councilor Matt O'Malley lays out his concerns and thoughts in letter to Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
The attached letter is from District 6 Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley, representing West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, about the planned demolition of the Casey Overpass in the Forest Hills area. This is a very tenuous topic as several neighborhoods will be impacted by the Casey Overpass changes as Forest Hills is a local transportation hub being the last stop on the Orangle Line. Many MBTA buses also start or end their routes from the location. Read more on Jamaica Plain Patch about the Casey Overpass, public meetings held and plans that will change the area.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Transportation Secretary Richard Davey picked the "at-grade" option for after the Casey Overpass is torn down. He decided against building a new, lower bridge. How do you rate his decision?
It's arguably the biggest decision to impact Forest Hills since the Orange Line El was torn down in 1980s. The state has chosen not to rebuild any bridge after the decrepit Casey Overpass is torn down. Instead there will be a network of surface roads. In this poll, we ask residents to rate this decision.
The state's Department of Transportation decided not to build a smaller, lower bridge in place of the crumbling Casey Overpass.
The state has made its choice about the configuration of Forest Hills once the Casey Overpass is torn down. It will be a network of streets without a bridge, according to a statement by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The decrepit Casey Overpass has been reduced to one lane in each direction for safety reasons. It will be torn down. The question was what will replace it. The state had originally said it would make its decision known in December, but delayed that for further traffic studies. The state had told State Rep. Liz Malia, D-Boston, that it would make a decision by the end of February. But it missed that deadline, too, while responding to questions from skeptics of the "at-grade" solution. The debate has divided …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Turns out the state is testing new traffic-sensors.
For those of us of a certain age, the old Saturday Night Live skit "What the Hell is That?" never loses its appeal. But unlike the bumpkins played by Steve Martin and Bill Murray in the 1979 sketch, JP residents have a definite answer to the question. Recently, long poles or antennae, topped with some sort of device, have sprouted up around Forest Hills. Resident Casey Carey-Brown was the first person I know who asked what they were. Turns out they're traffic sensors. "We're testing it out in a location with a high volume of vehicular traffic," said Michael Versecke, spokesman for the Mass Department of Transportation, in an email to Patch. "If the tests prove successful, MassDOT may look into purchasing some of these."
The state is about to miss its self-imposed deadline of the end of February for telling residents whether it has chosen to build a new bridge after the Casey Overpass is torn down, or to create a new at-grade traffic pattern.
The state is about to miss another self-imposed deadline in telling residents which configuration it will choose for the new Forest Hills — a new, lower bridge or an at-grade traffic pattern. "We've been using the past several weeks to do some additional work that stakeholders have asked us to do," said Michael Versecke, spokesman for the Mass Department of Transportation, in an email to Patch. "We plan on making a decision soon." The state had told State Rep. Liz Malia, D-Boston, that it would make a decision by the end of February. The decrepit Casey Overpass has been reduced to one lane in each direction for safety reasons. It will be torn down. The question is what will replace it. The state had originally said it would make its …
Saturday, December 17, 2011
The remaining work is scheduled for Sunday night, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The Casey Overpass, despite the fact it is scheduled to be torn down, is getting repaved. Work began Wednesday and Thursday on the project, causing closure of the bridge to traffic. Work is scheduled to begin Sunday night at 9 p.m. and finish Monday morning at 5 a.m. The future of the bridge is a hot topic in JP. After it is torn down, the state will either rebuild a new, lower bridge or put all the traffic at ground level. For all JP Patch coverage of this important issue, please visit our Casey Overpass topic page.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The Department of Transportation created this simulation of how traffic would flow under one of two final proposals for the future of Forest Hills.
This video by the Department of Transportation shows a simulation of traffic on a weekday morning in 2035 if a two-lane bridge is built to replace the Casey Overpass, which is being torn down. It is one of two remaning options being considered. There are many more documents and materials about the project at the department's Casey Overpass Web site. This video was taken from the audience during a standing-room only meeting on Monday night at the State Labs on South Street. The voices you hear are audience members and transportation officials. State officials plan to choose one of the two options soon. They said they would inform the neighborhood Working Advisory Group of their decision on Dec. 12 and hold a public meeting at English High …