Residents who want the state to rethink not rebuilding a bridge over Forest Hills recently learned the new Baker Administration backs the existing, at-grade scheme. The advocacy group Bridging Forest Hills posted to its Facebook page on Thursday a letter from Mindy d'Arbeloff, deputy chief of staff for Governor Charlie Baker. Below is a copy of the letter:
Dear John and Edward,
Thank you for your visit on Monday. A lot of important issues were raised and your groups’ involvement in this project is commendable. We have spent the past couple of days engaged with MassDOT staff, gathering all relevant documentation and evaluating the planning and design processes.
The Casey Arborway project began night work on Sunday. The new wrinkle, which had been announced by the Department of Transportation two weeks earlier, still caught many residents by surprise. While we strive hard here at Jamaica Plain News to be your primary source for Casey Arborway news, and will always pass along the most important items, you can sign up for a direct email from MassDOT. Here's how. Follow all the Casey Overpass/Casey Arborway coverage from Jamaica Plain News here.
As the neighborhood readies for the first public meeting about the construction details of the Casey Arborway project, one of JP's most powerful political voices still wants to see a bridge built instead of a network of surface roads. "I have hope," State Rep. Liz Malia, D-Jamaica Plain, said last week after the State of the City Address. "I never give up." The massive project will remake Forest Hills for generations to come. A public meeting is set for Wednesday at which the project team aims to introduce itself and dive into the details of the construction process.