The long-delayed choice of a company to raze the Casey Overpass and replace it with a network of at-grade streets is poised to happen Wednesday.
That's when the board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation meets. Here's the agenda item they'll be voting on:
Authorization to award the contract entitled "Boston – Roadway Reconstruction and Related Work (Including Casey Overpass Removal and MBTA Station Alterations) along a Section of Route 203 (Arborway) at Washington Street" with ________ in the amount of $_________ with a completion date of 740 days from the date of the Notice to Proceed.
The meeting is at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the MassDOT Boardroom at 10 Park Plaza.
The low bidder is Barletta Heavy Division Inc. Here is a list of the bids:
- Barletta Heavy Division, Inc. $59,925,000.00
- Casey Arborway Partners $63,602,218.00
- The Middlesex Corporation $68,157,494.63
- J.F. White Contracting Co. $76,196,485.27
The enormous project — which remains controversial for some residents who want to see a new bridge put in place of the crumbling overpass — was scheduled to be done by September 2016. It isn't clear if the delays will jeopardize that timeline. The project first went out to bid back in April.
Opponents of the project plan to have a full-page ad in Friday's edition of the Jamaica Plain Gazette, according to an email circulating in the neighborhood seeking people to sign their names. The ad urges the next governor to start from scratch on reviewing the project.
Backers of the project say getting rid of the bridge will knit Forest Hills back into the rest of the neighborhood, among other benefits.