Casey Arboway Project Update: Construction of Bicycle and Pedestrian Ways Continuing

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Work on the Casey Arboway Project continues with landscaping being added (often a sign of a project nearing an end) and the new upper busway canopy is closer to being installed.

Detail of official Casey Arborway plan showing new entrance to Forest Hills T north of New Washington Street.

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Detail of official Casey Arborway plan showing new entrance to Forest Hills T north of New Washington Street.

Keep in mind that work is highly weather dependent, but will continue on all day, except Sunday, with suitable conditions to allow construction to progress.

Here is a 3-week look back and a 3-week lookahead provided by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT):

Since March 5th to March 23rd the project has:

  • Advanced work in both the northern (towards Green Street) and southern (towards Roslindale Square) Forest Hills Station plazas;
  • Continued construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities project wide;
  • Continued finalization of signal operations project wide; and,
  • Completed work on the foundations for the new upper busway canopy.

Motorists are reminded that eastbound (towards Franklin) and westbound (towards the Arboretum) left turns off the Arborway at the intersections of South Street/Arborway and Washington Street/Arborway are now permanently prohibited.  These movements will now be permanently handled by the eastern and western median U-turns.  The only exception to this is the westbound left turn at Arborway/Washington Street which is available to general purpose traffic as directed by the electric sign mounted on the signal controlling the Arborway westbound approach.  Drivers of private cars using this left turn when the approach is signed for buses only may be subject to fines and assigned moving violations.

During the week of March 26th work will address the following:

  • Around the intersection of Arborway/Washington Street:
    • Paving, striping, and installation of curb for the third westbound (towards the Arboretum) approach lane at the intersection of Arborway/Washington Street. (weather permitting)
    • Installation of sidewalks and specialized mixing zone pavers.
    • Complete grading the former temporary westbound lanes and installation of utilities.
    • Installation of landscaping (weather permitting)
    • Between the intersections of Arborway/South Street and Arborway Washington Street:
      • Installation of sidewalks and specialized mixing zone pavers.
      • Construction of the northern (towards Green Street station) plaza and terminal for the Southwest Corridor Park and bicycle path.
      • Construction of the southern plaza between Forest Hills Station and the Arborway.
      • In the upper busway area:
        • Installation of landscaping (weather permitting)

During the week of April 2nd work will focus on the following:

  • Around the intersection of Arborway/Washington Street:
    • Installation of sidewalks and specialized mixing zone pavers.
    • Installation of landscaping (weather permitting)
    • Between the intersections of Arborway/South Street and Arborway Washington Street:
      • Installation of sidewalks and specialized mixing zone pavers.
      • Construction of the northern (towards Green Street station) plaza and terminal for the Southwest Corridor Park and bicycle path.
      • Construction of the southern plaza between Forest Hills Station and the Arborway.
      • In the upper busway area:
        • Installation of landscaping (weather permitting)

During the week of April 9th work will focus on the following:

  • Around the intersection of Arborway/Washington Street:
    • Installation of sidewalks and specialized mixing zone pavers.
    • Installation of landscaping (weather permitting)
    • Between the intersections of Arborway/South Street and Arborway Washington Street:
      • Installation of sidewalks and specialized mixing zone pavers.
      • Construction of the northern (towards Green Street station) plaza and terminal for the Southwest Corridor Park and bicycle path.
      • Construction of the southern plaza between Forest Hills Station and the Arborway.
      • In the upper busway area:
        • Installation of landscaping (weather permitting)
        • Installation of structural steel for the new canopy
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