UPDATED: Casey Arborway Construction Update Meeting Set for Jan. 21

File photo: The crumbling Casey Overpass in Forest Hills.

Chris Helms

File photo: The crumbling Casey Overpass in Forest Hills.

[Editor’s note: Transportation officials moved this meeting from Tuesday, Jan. 13 to Wednesday, Jan. 21.]

The Department of Transportation is inviting residents to meet the team that will tear down the crumbling Casey Overpass and replace it with a network of surface roads.

The first of many “construction update meetings” will be held Wednesday, Jan. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. at English High School, 144 McBride St. The meeting will be in the auditorium.

Key employees of the contractor, Barletta Heavy Division, will be on hand. Attendees will get an overview of phase one of the massive project, including temporary road changes. Barletta won the project with a $60 million bid.

Demolition of the overpass is expected to begin this winter. The two-plus-year project will transform Forest Hills, reworking the roads, moving busways and adding a new station entrance, among other items. A recent timeframe had the project starting in summer 2014 and wrapping by the end of spring 2016. But various delays mean the project will be starting in winter 2015.

A vocal group of residents remain opposed to the project, calling on Gov-Elect Charlie Baker to halt it. They favor building a bridge instead of putting overpass traffic down on surface roads.

Final configuration of Casey Arborway, as drawn in June 2014.

Department of Transportation

Final configuration of Casey Arborway, as drawn in June 2014.

  • VaughnK

    So are we looking at two years between the bridge starting to come down and then the project being done? I hope they have some rough time table info at the meeting.

    • JamaicaPlainNews

      Hi Vaughn, that’s my understanding, but like you I’m hoping for a more specific timetable to be announced at the Jan. 13 meeting.

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  • Kate Hutchinson

    I do hope the “vocal residents” will allow us to actually hear the construction plan/timetable instead of wasting everyone’s time by monopolizing the meeting.