Forest Hills Upper Busway On Washington Street Razed Over The Weekend

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Barletta Heavy Division Inc. brought in the enormous tracked demolition claws and jackhammers at 2 a.m. Saturday. By 5 a.m., the first canopy sections crumpled, and by the end of the day, the upper busway on Washington Street opposite Asticou Road was down.

By Sunday afternoon, the surface busway was open again for passengers, but this will only be used for about a year. A new busway is being built where the old MBTA parking lot used to be, set on a platform that will extend over the Hyde Park Avenue parking lot.

The changes are part of the massive Casey Arborway project that is changing the face of Forest Hills and Jamaica Plain. Here’s the scene Monday morning as commuters saw a whole new view of the station entrance from the upper busway.

Canopy-free upper busway at Forest Hills Station, Oct. 5, 2015.

Chris Helms

Canopy-free upper busway at Forest Hills Station, Oct. 5, 2015.

The pillars for this platform will be built this fall. Here are some more photos from the weekend’s demolition:

The wrecking claws began ripping down the upper MBTA busway Saturday at 5 am

Richard Heath

The wrecking claws began ripping down the upper MBTA busway Saturday at 5 a.m.

The Washington Street busway was built as part of the new Forest Hills Station in 1985 -1987 Designed by Charles Redmon of Cambridge Seven Associates

Richard Heath

The Washington Street busway was built as part of the new Forest Hills Station between 1985 and 1987. It was designed by Charles Redmon of Cambridge Seven Associates

A Original upper busway razed

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The new busway will be built at the end of the deck over the tracks in this location. This area has now been completely leveled and graded

Richard Heath

The new busway will be built at the end of the deck over the tracks in this location. This area has now been completely leveled and graded

The new Washington Street busway and canopy in the location of the former MBTA parking lot. Designed by URS architects and engineers ( now Aecom Corp.,Los Angeles. ) Louis Free chief designer. It is in 30% design stage

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The new Washington Street busway and canopy will be located in the former MBTA parking lot. Site layout and engineering was done by HNTB, and designed by URS architects and engineers (now Aecom Corp. of Los Angeles). Louis Free is the chief designer. It is in the 30 percent design stage.

The new Washington Street busway. URS architects and engineers ( Now Aecom).

Richard Heath

Rendering of the new Washington Street busway. URS architects and engineers (now Aecom Corp.)

The busway will extend on a platform over the Hyde Park Avenue parking lot. Foundations for the supports have been completed and the posts will be built this fall.

MassDOT

The busway will extend on a platform over the Hyde Park Avenue parking lot. Foundations for the supports have been completed and 47 posts will be built this fall. URS architects and engineers (now Aecom Corp.)

See all our Casey Overpass/Casey Arborway coverage here.

  • Clay Harper

    Thanks for tracking down the new busway elevations. About the first drawing and the middle one reading “Forest Hills Station”: the landscaped portion on the street side will be substantially bermed, forming a hump that will hide the buses from the street and neighbors somewhat. And there will be sidewalks and a bike paths between the landscaping and the street. The headlights of the exiting buses will be deflected away from the abuting neighborhood by a raised isalnd at the exit.

    • Karen

      Unfortunately the Hyde Park Ave side got no amenities or protection from headlights. And we got all the school bus traffic! Despite promises from MassDOT and BTD to share info on traffic and design with neighbors we got only excuses.

      • Clay Harper

        I’m not a wiz on the plans for the eastern side of the station. But the parapet wall between the completed new upper busway and, well, the air above the lower lot is tall enough (three feet?) to prevent headlights from shining off beyond Hyde Park Ave to the W’s – or do you mean headlightzs from the lower lot?

        As I understand it, the eight school buses per school day moving off-street to their own dedicated area should be a net positive to the overall vehicle traffic flow around Forest Hills. It’s a change, but should be better than before: off-street is less disruptive to other vehicles, safer for the kids.

        • Karen

          Thanks for your thoughts.

          People forget about the multi-story apartment building on Hyde Park Ave directly across from the T lot. The edge of the new busway and thus buses will be much closer to those residents. They were not given any opportunity to see plans and point out the need for light and sound mitigation. We asked at two meetings and got promises of future mtgs that never happened.

          I hope it is really only 8 buses. MassDOT indicated that the number of buses was higher but couldn’t say how many. They also said there would be a lot of drop off and pick up traffic from parents. Again, neighbors were promised data, BTD expressed concern too. Nada.

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