Tree Removals, Road Work Mark Start of Casey Arborway Project

Casey Arborway work, March 11, 2015.

Richard Heath

Casey Arborway work, March 11, 2015.

The community began this week to see the changes for the $60 million-plus Casey Arborway.

Back-to-back February blizzards slowed the construction of the westbound temporary lanes but that time was made up this week as Barletta Heavy Construction crews finished the work with protective barriers.

A work zone along the Arborway busyard was prepared after clearing of the trees planted 26 years ago for the Southwest Corridor Project. A temporary parking lot for the courthouse will be built in the yard. This area will be landscaped into a bike path when the new parkway is completed. Crosby Schlesinger Smallwood, the landscape architects working with Massachusetts Department of Transportation landscape architect George Batchelor, has marked all trees to be preserved and these have been protected with wooden slats.

As traffic engineer Gary McNaughton explained at the Monday public meeting, extensive temporary roadways will be built to eliminate detours and maintain work zones. All through traffic will be routed on these roads at the end of May when the bridge is closed. Initial demolition of the bridge is scheduled to begin in June.

At Forest Hills Station (bottom photo) site clearing was done last week of trees planted in 1989 when the Hyde Park Avenue busway was built. This area will be re-landscaped.

The project is expected to be done by Sept. 30, 2016.

[Editor’s note: We’ve updated a few details from the initial post, including number of lanes and landscaping.]