Maps: How to Get Through Forest Hills By Foot, Bike or Car

Jonathan Kapust, right, head highway engineer for the Casey Arborway, explains a design feature to JP's Jake Hart before a Thursday, May 7, 2015 construction meeting.

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Jonathan Kapust, right, head highway engineer for the Casey Arborway, explains a design feature to JP’s Jake Hart before a Thursday, May 7, 2015 construction meeting.

On Thursday, transportation officials broke down exactly how residents would get through Forest Hills during the next phase of the Casey Arborway project. Here are maps and explanations for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers once lane closures begin on Saturday.

The inbound lane of the Casey (going toward the Pond) will be shunted to a temporary surface road on Saturday. Then the following Saturday the outbound lane (toward Morton Street) will get the same treatment. The basic patterns created then will largely stay in place for months as workers dismantle the crumbling overpass.

Officials handed out the maps below at a construction information meeting held at English High School.

Pedestrians

Pedestrian paths for Casey Arborway phase beginning Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Pedestrian paths for Casey Arborway phase beginning Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Walking on foot from South Street to Forest Hills Station will be less direct. Whereas pedestrians used to be able to cross New Washington Street mid-block coming out of the Southwest Corridor Park, now you’ll need to walk down to South and Arborway, cross South, then cross the two Arborway ramps and finally crossing back over South to reach the station. Once the project is done, there will be an Orange Line entrance on the Southwest Corridor Park side of New Washington.

Bicyclists

Bicycle paths for Casey Arborway phase beginning Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Bicycle paths for Casey Arborway phase beginning Saturday, May 9, 2015.

If you’re on a bike, you may have already noticed how dangerous the South Street/Arborway nexus has become as car drivers get used to the new patterns. Construction officials said new crossing lights have been installed there.

Drivers

Car routes for Casey Arborway phase beginning Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Car routes for Casey Arborway phase beginning Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Drivers will need to come to terms with not being able to make a left from the eastbound Arborway ramp to South Street. Transportation officials said drivers will either need to go all the way around the station via South Street/Washington Street/Ukraine Way/Hyde Park Avenue or change their whole route to instead take Centre Street at Murray Circle to reach South Street.

See all our Casey Overpass/Casey Arborway coverage here.

  • Benjamin Day

    The pedestrian layout is a death trap for the thousands who get off of the T and need to walk up South Street. Both the crosswalk at South St and the crosswalk in the middle of New Washington St have been eliminated, so everyone just walks across traffic at the old crosswalk locations. It’s not reasonable to expect that pedestrians will walk all the way up to Washington Street, cross there, then walk back down to the South St intersection. I think we need a better safety solution there.

    • JamaicaPlainNews

      Thanks, Ben. Several people mentioned that crossing at the last community meeting. In the long run there’ll be a new station exit on the Southwest Corridor side of New Washington, but that doesn’t help right now.

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