Casey Arborway Update: It Ain’t Gonna Be Pretty in Forest Hills This Weekend

You may want to avoid driving near Forest Hills this weekend due to Casey Arborway construction that will impact local area roads from the MBTA station to the Monument on South Street. The intersection of South and New Washington streets in Forest Hills will be shut this weekend for work related to the Casey Overpass replacement project from 10 pm on Friday and reopen at 5 am on Monday, according to MassDOT. South Street between the Arborway and the Monument on South Street will be local access only. (More about the actual detours below)

During this time, pedestrians should cross New Washington Street at the intersection with Washington Street. Buses will also be affected.

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.


‘No One Can See Us Here’ — Cabbies Hate Stand’s Move Away from Forest Hills Station

The cab stand opposite Asticou Road was originally a straight walk away from the entrance to the Forest Hills terminal. That ended Wednesday when the taxis moved to a new reservation further south on Washington Street at the Ukraine Way intersection. A new traffic lane on Washington Street was created over the summer. The original tree-lined stone-faced terrace was removed and an asphalt sidewalk built against the train wall. All lights and utilities were moved over towards the wall and a new lane paved. But for what purpose? No one could answer that at the Massachusetts Department of Transformation open house held at Curtis Hall last Thursday.


The Ever-Changing Forest Hills Station

To paraphrase Mark Twain's comment on New England weather if you don't like Forest Hills Station just wait at a this case 25 years. The top photograph was taken on Oct. 19, 1987, five months after the new Forest Hills Orange Line terminal opened. The switching tracks and old station were razed in the next year. The elevated track bed was replaced by the surface parking lot and the lower Hyde Park Avenue busway replaced the old elevated station.


Surprise! Upper Busway Canopy Work Began Saturday

To the surprise of many, the upper busway opposite the Arnold Arboretum began being taken apart on Saturday. Riders had to look for their bus in the temporary lot further down Washington Street. T personnel were on hand to direct riders transferring off the Orange Line. MassDot notified the community Friday that demolition would begin over the weekend of Oct. 3-5, but contractors are taking down panels two weeks earlier.


Forest Hills Busway Canopy to be Razed Beginning Oct. 3

MassDOT  announced that beginning 1 am Sat Oct 3 through 5 am Monday Oct 5 working around the clock , Barletta Heavy Construction will remove the canopy over the upper busway (opposite the Arboretum). All buses will be diverted to the Hyde Park Avenue busway during that week end. The upper canopy was designed as an integral part of Forest Hills Station by  Cambridge Seven Associates. It  opened in 1987.  

A protester holds up a sign at a May 7, 2015 meeting on the Casey Arborway.

Baker Admin: Casey Arborway Project Should ‘Proceed as Planned’

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.


How the Chicken Crossed the Street

Hi, has anyone found a good way to get around the Forest Hills T station, specifically how to get from the Hyde Park entrance to South St towards Centre St, when the crosswalks are all blocked off (such as when they do night work)? I cross at Hyde Park/New Washington/Washington and then have to walk along side new washington (parallel to the southwest corridor). This area is isolated because of the tall grass which blocks visibility from the street, and especially in the evenings feels a bit unsafe. Any good alternatives? See all our Casey Overpass/Casey Arborway coverage here.


Casey Arborway Update: A View Not Seen Since 1893

Casey Arborway clearing, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Credit: Richard Heath

These photographs, taken on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., are a reminder of what the clearing of the original Arborway looked like when it was begun in 1893. Not certain if Charles George Trash was in business at that time... See all our Casey Overpass/Casey Arborway coverage here.