Neighbor: Casey Work Vibrates My House

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Work on the Casey Arborway project, Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Jamaica Plain resident

Work on the Casey Arborway project, Saturday, May 2, 2015.

UPDATE, Tuesday, May 5: The resident reports that Casey project officials agreed to send a vibration consultant to his home and they may install vibration monitors.

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A man who lives close to the massive Casey Arborway project said recent construction is shaking the foundations of his and his neighbors' homes.

The man, who asked Jamaica Plain News not to disclose his name, gave this report on Saturday's work by Barletta Heavy Construction. The Casey Overpass is being torn down and replaced with a network of surface roads:

"Barletta worked from 7 a.m. [Saturday] to 6 p.m., extending the expected work day from the planned 3:30 p.m. stop time. [Saturday's] work continued to remove a large brick wall facing the homes of residents on Hampstead Road and Arborway. The work required deep-impact penetration into the bridge foundation and steel work underground, causing significant vibrations in homes as reported by residents. In place of the brick wall, the crew paved a new traffic lane that will accommodate vehicles when Casey Overpass is finally closed for demolition."

MassDOT's Michael Verseckes says that according to the project's contract, these are the hours for construction:

Monday through Friday – 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday – 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday – By permission only

Any night work requires approval from MassDOT, Verseckes said, and must be scheduled so that neighbors get two weeks’ advance notice.

State officials have set up a hotline for complaints and comments about the project: 617-571-7878.

See all our Casey Overpass/Casey Arborway coverage here.

[Editor's note: We've updated this story with a response from MassDOT.]

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