Councilor Yancey Asks for Hearings on Casey Arborway

Temporary traffic road paving begun. When completed this two lane road will serve east-west traffic when the overpass is razed beginning, as reported, in June 2015.

Richard Heath

Temporary traffic road paving begun. When completed this two lane road will serve east-west traffic when the overpass is razed beginning, as reported, in June 2015.

At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Councilor Charles Yancey plans to call for an “urgent review of the impacts” on the city’s neighborhoods from the giant Casey Arborway project.

According to the hearing order, the District 4 councilor wants a series of public hearings on the traffic and environmental impacts of neighborhoods all along Route 203.

There’s nothing in the order about rebuilding a bridge instead of the planned at-grade series of roads. But people who are holding out for a bridge plan to lobby city councilors on Tuesday from noon to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The group will meet at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at security in the lobby, according to an item sent to the social networking site Nextdoor.

The massive project, which went through a years-long public process that bridge proponents remain critical of, is well underway. Once temporary roads along the bridge are finished, the bridge, already down to one lane in each direction, is expected to be closed to traffic in May.

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  • Kate Hutchinson

    Let it go folks. Construction is underway. Holding up the process with a hearing at this point just makes the construction traffic worse for longer…

  • Hugo_JP

    Wow – was Yancey asleep with Rip Van Winkle and just woke up? Someone should tell him that the horse has left the barn.

  • Charlie

    We’ve already determined the impacts: A safer, more beautiful street, a second T headhouse, more parkland, and traffic that is no worse than it is today. Sounds good to me.

    • FartFace

      No kidding. I’d be on board for a tunnel UNDER the intersection, but overpasses are horrifically ugly and detrimental to the neighborhood. Get that Casey monstrosity out, build a decent thoroughfare, and watch the area turn from a desolate wasteland into a livable community.

    • Mike

      The traffic study is the only thing that concerns me. 24,000 cars a day take that bridge. Now they are all going to be at grade, competing with local traffic – pedestrian, bicycle, or otherwise. The bridge backs up around 6:30am on weekdays. This is with no lights and only one lane. Should be interesting to see how it works out.