The signals at Washington and New Washington on June 29, 2015.

Casey Arborway Project Completion Delays Total One Year

The completion date for the Casey Arborway, which had already been pushed off three months, has now been delayed another nine months. That means the mammoth project is expected to be finished a full year later than originally forecast, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. The project is behind schedule due to issues with jet fan procurement, according to officials at a public meeting Wednesday evening held at English High School. The necessary jet fan system is expected to be received in August and installed this fall, and consist of six mounted fans that ventilate and cool the tunnel system, according to MassDOT officials. In the meantime, officials will juggle the schedule of what gets done when so crews can work away from jet fan areas, including Shea Circle, west of South Street and south of the Arborway.

A milestone in the construction of the Casey Arborway — Removal of the span over Washington Street.

Public Meeting to Provide Update on Casey Overpass Project

On Wednesday, MassDOT will hold a public meeting to provide an update on the Casey Arborway Project. This will be the first public meeting on the progress of the project since before the Casey Overpass' closure and razing.  

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 29, at the English High School auditorium (144 McBride St.) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All residents, abutters, business owners and commuters are strongly encouraged to attend. Department of Transportation officials will speak on the upcoming phase and provide a general schedule of the project, which is supposed to have the majority of the major work done by the end of September 2016. The removal of the structurally deficient Casey Overpass was a contentious and hotly debated topic.

Final conditions as planned for Casey Arborway project.

Casey Weekend Work Begins Saturday, Goes Through June

With spring here, the pace of work on the Casey Arborway is picking up. State officials announced on Thursday that weekend work on a massive water main will start on Saturday. This project within a project is to dig out the room for and install a 40-inch water main. Transportation officials say the work will be done each Saturday and Sunday between this weekend and June 1. Work hours are supposed to be 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

"All work will take place within the existing work zone and there will be no impact outside of the construction zone," the Department of Transportation wrote in a community notification.

Students from the Neighborhood School on Peter Parley Road in Jamaica Plain were inspired by the demolition of the Casey Overpass to create a play (with music and dance) that looks creatively at transportation and neighborhood design decisions. The play, Changing Lanes, will be performed at Roxbury Community College’s Media Arts Center on March 11th and 12th.

Casey Demolition Inspires Local Children’s Theatre Production

When students and teachers at the Neighborhood School, a K1-6 school in Jamaica Plain, returned to school last September, they had all noted a change in the fabric of the community. The demolition of the Casey Overpass had begun over the summer and the construction of new surface roads brought daily traffic jams that touched almost everyone in our community. As the students of Level 4 (grades 5 and 6) explored the neighborhood in search of a theme for the school’s biennial school play, they kept coming across the effects of the demolition of the Casey Overpass. Boston Police Officer Carlos Martinez, a friend of the school at Precinct E-13, told some of the students that he’d noticed that people were switching to back roads, and sometimes driving too quickly. The students had seen this on Peter Parley Road, the street in Jamaica Plain that the Neighborhood School calls home.


MassDOT Says Flat-Roofed Forest Hills Busway Will Handle Snow

The schematic drawings of the new Washington Street upper busway canopy and platform published last week caught many readers by surprise; it was the first time even the most active observers had seen the replacement shed. Some questioned the practicality of a flat roof. The Jamaica Plain News asked the Department of Transportation for more clarification and Michael Verseckes, a MassDOT spokesman, sent the News the birds-eye plan. He said in his message that the elevations and plan were all that MassDOT had to show the community; "The finalized design of the canopy will be done in accordance with Mass Building Code and snow, wind and seismic loadings." First and foremost the most significant part of this plan is that it moves buses away from South Street and Asticou Road; the biggest flaw of the 1982 station plan.