Original Arborway Eastbound Off-Ramp Closes Monday

The closure of the original eastbound ramp coming off the Arborway into the Forest Hills neighborhood is imminent. MassDOT officials hope closing the ramp will ease pedestrian crossings at the Casey Arborway project site.

Between noon and 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, the original eastbound off-ramp from the Arborway to South Street will close permanently. Instead, drivers who wish to turn right off the Arborway and head south on Washington Street toward Roslindale Square will use the dedicated right-turn lane on the south side of the eastbound temporary off-ramp. Left turns onto South Street toward the monument will remain prohibited.
Work on the Casey Arborway project, Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Jamaica Plain resident

The original eastbound off-ramp from the Arborway into Forest Hills will permanently close Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.

MassDot officials say closing the original eastbound off-ramp will reduce from four to three the number of crossings that pedestrians must traverse when accessing Forest Hills T station from South Street on foot.

Beyond the off-ramp closure, officials say that work during the next few weeks will include forming and reinforcing the expanded upper busway at Forest Hills station, as well as installing curbing, light poles and drainage structures. MassDOT’s full three-week look ahead, spanning Aug. 15 to Sept. 2, is below.

Got questions or concerns? MassDOT officials will hold office hours next Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.at the Curtis Hall community center at 20 South St.

As previously reported, the completion date for the Casey Arborway project has been delayed a full year later than originally forecast, with full beneficial use of the site slated for fall 2017.

From MassDOT:

During all three weeks covered by this look-ahead, forming and reinforcing of the expanded Upper Busway at Forest Hills Station will take place.

 During the week of August 15th, operations will concentrate on the following:
  • For the area between Washington Street and Shea Circle:
    • Installation of curbing along the permanent alignment of the eastbound Arborway.
    • Installation of light poles
    • Paving the new frontage road between Dunning Way and Shea Circle
    • Installation of drainage structures between the courthouse and Dunning Way.
    • At Forest Hills Station, installation of structural steel for the upper bus-way will be completed and masonry walls constructed below grade.
    • In the area formerly occupied by the overpass, west (towards the Arboretum) of South Street:
      • The original eastbound off-ramp will close
      • The westbound Arborway will be paved from South Street to the project limits of work.
During the week of August 22nd, operations will concentrate on the following:
  • For the area between Washington Street and Shea Circle:
    • Installation of curbing on the new frontage road between Dunning Way and Shea Circle.
    • Installation of light poles between Washington Street and Shea Circle.
    • Installation of drainage structures between the courthouse and Dunning Way.
    • Installation of lighting conduit from the courthouse to Dunning Way.
    • In the area formerly occupied by the overpass, west (towards the Arboretum) of South Street drainage structures will be installed in the area vacated by the old eastbound off-ramp.  This operation will continue through the week of August 29th.
During the week of August 29th, operations will concentrate on the following:
  • Installation of curbing at Shea Circle
  • Paving of the new frontage road from Dunning Way to Shea Circle
  • Installation of lighting conduit from the courthouse to Dunning Way.

 All work is subject to weather conditions.