Forest Hills Bridge Supporters Call For Mayor Walsh to Act

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A group of Bridging Forest Hills (BFH) supporters held signs and collected petition signatures calling for a bridge to replace the dilapidated Casey Overpass in Forest Hills. MassDOT plans to permanently eliminate the bridge and build a 6-lane to 7-lane arterial street with five new signals for those currently using the bridge.

Signs called for passers-by to “Tell the Mayor: Forest Hills Needs a New Bridge” referring to Mayor Marty Walsh and his apparent backing off his campaign commitment to reevaluate alternatives.

BFH supporter Heather Carito said, “During his campaign for mayor, Marty Walsh promised to call for a moratorium on the Casey project to take a hard look at the at-grade plan. We’re here to remind Mayor Walsh about that promise. It’s clear from the show of support from motorists, cyclists and pedestrians today many are unhappy with the plan to eliminate the bridge.”

  • Dorian

    I’m baffled by the bridging forest hills group – on the one hand they’re attempting to appeal to east/west car commuters by claiming that their commutes will be worse (in reality, it will be better than it is now – probably not as fast as with the bridge option, but better nonetheless) and completely neglecting a bridge’s current and future adverse affect on north/south commuters of all modes – not to mention how it currently is a blight on the existing neighborhood.

    yes – MassDOT overdesigned the new roadway (which can be fixed) – but this group’s attempt to save shea circle tells me that they aren’t exactly concerned about the desires and needs of the surrounding neighborhood (it was a neighborhood group who pushed MassDOT to redesign the highly dangerous shea circle) – and are especially not concerned about pedestrian and bicycle safety.

    so – what is this REALLY about? gentrification? we’ve all seen the detrimental effects of flyovers on urban neighborhoods over the decades since they’ve been introduced (BFH’s examples of “nice bridges” are actually fixes to “problem areas”). So is this really just a last ditch effort to save Roslindale from the creeping gentrification of Jamaica Plain by (re)placing the wall between our neighborhoods?

    if it’s the latter – I’m not sure this is the right tactic – there’s a long history of using segregated car transportation infrastructure as a means to drive wedges between communities – and then using these newly created barriers to corral the impoverished and communities of color while the affluent breezes by on their shiny new “high-ways.” As developers become more and more interested in the area as JP’s “berlin wall” disappears, we need to be united in making sure that affordable housing is secured in the area, and that everyone has access to multi-modal transportation options.

  • As the author well knows, Mayor Walsh reversed his earlier call to start the Casey planning process over again PRIOR to his election. See here for the facts.
    http://arborwaymatters.blogspot.com/2013/10/mayoral-candidate-clarity-for-casey.html