BAA Half Marathon on Sunday Will Mean Brief Road Closures and Detours

The annual Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Jimmy Fund Half Marathon is Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. It begins and ends at White Stadium in Franklin Park. The road closures and detours for the course route and abutting roads in Forest Hills are shown on the map. In addition, segments of Pond Avenue, Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive will also be affected. It's a good idea not to drive in the area at all until the event is over. Here's a link to the Boston Athletic Association's website, which has much more information on the even and its traffic impacts.


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.

This daytime photo of work being done along the Casey Arborway on May 13, 2015, has been altered to suggest a nighttime scene.

Casey Night Work Could Wrap Before July 4

The current round of nighttime demolition of the Casey Overpass is scheduled to finish on July 2, according to an email from the Department of Transportation. On Monday, officials sent out a "three-week look-ahead" describing major aspects of the Casey Arborway project during that period. Among the highlights (or lowlights, depending on your attitude and proximity to the noise) is that the tear-down of the piers along Washington Street and at the 39 Bus stop will continue the weeks of June 22 and 29. Other major points:

There will be no work on Saturday, July 4, for Independence Day. In the Arborway Yard, temporary courthouse parking will be completed.

This daytime photo of work being done along the Casey Arborway on May 13, 2015, has been altered to suggest a nighttime scene.

Night Work Begins on Casey Arborway

Night work began on the massive Casey Arborway project at 8 p.m. Sunday. It is expected to run at least a week. Here's what the Department of Transportation had to say about the change:

Beginning Sunday night June 14th, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., nighttime demolition operations will begin on the Casey Overpass between Washington Street and South Street. As has been stated at public information meetings, nighttime work will take place on those sections of the Overpass which are above traffic which would need to be detoured away from the work zone for safety reasons. State officials say there will always be two weeks' notice for residents before any night work begins.

Pedestrians hustle across Centre Street (against the light) on the second day of the pedestrian and vehicle signals being fully operational, Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

New Lights Debut at Burroughs and Centre

As if JP didn't have enough changing traffic patterns to digest, starting Tuesday the new signals at Burroughs and Centre went live. Business people gathered for Wednesday's JP Business & Professional Association said they noticed the lights were fully operational on Tuesday. The intersection, at the heart of JP's Centre/South district, has buttons for pedestrians to activate the lights. The signals are on poles rising out of the sidewalk and don't hang over the middle of the street. Jamaica Plain News watched pedestrians navigate the new setup Wednesday midday.

Screen shot from video of last car to cross Casey Overpass

See the Last Car to Ever Cross the Casey Overpass

A black Toyota Camry was the last car to ever cross the doomed Casey Overpass. The historic moment came at 3:53 p.m. on Saturday. The flyover carried traffic from when it opened in the mid-1950s to Saturday. It is being replaced with a network of surface roads. Here's how to get through the new configuration whether you're driving, biking or walking.

Jonathan Kapust, right, head highway engineer for the Casey Arborway, explains a design feature to JP's Jake Hart before a Thursday, May 7, 2015 construction meeting.

Maps: How to Get Through Forest Hills By Foot, Bike or Car

On Thursday, transportation officials broke down exactly how residents would get through Forest Hills during the next phase of the Casey Arborway project. Here are maps and explanations for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers once lane closures begin on Saturday. The inbound lane of the Casey (going toward the Pond) will be shunted to a temporary surface road on Saturday. Then the following Saturday the outbound lane (toward Morton Street) will get the same treatment. The basic patterns created then will largely stay in place for months as workers dismantle the crumbling overpass.

General plan of the Casey Arborway project

One Casey Lane to Be Closed Saturday; Both Next Saturday

On Monday, the Department of Transportation announced that the inbound lane of the Casey Overpass would be closed on Saturday. That's the one going toward Jamaica Pond. The following Saturday, May 16, crews plan to close both lanes of the Casey. Traffic would use temporary roads to the north of the doomed bridge during lane closings along the flyover. According to an email from the Department of Transportation, there will be more information on the closures at Thursday's public information meeting.

File photo: The crumbling Casey Overpass in Forest Hills.

State: No Casey Lane Closure…Yet

On Friday, the Department of Transportation announced — then quickly retracted — that the inbound lane of the Casey Overpass would be closed this weekend. In a follow-up email, state officials said no closure would take place until after the next community construction meeting. That session is set for Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at English High. The earlier message said the closure of the lane going toward Jamaica Pond would begin this weekend. Whenever the closure does take place, traffic will be diverted to a new, temporary ground-level roadway and set of signals.


Suicidal Woman Coaxed Down From Casey Overpass

@universalhub @02130News back up in every direction, state police trying to get through rotary at Shea circle

— Mark (@johnsoncmark) April 1, 2015

UPDATE: State Police report the backup was caused by a distressed person threatening to throw herself off the bridge. Police were able to get her away from the bridge safely and she is being treated at a hospital, according to Trooper Dustin Fitch. ~~~~~

According to a resident caught in the mess, Wednesday morning the Casey Overpass inbound was gridlocked through Shea Circle. There are fire trucks, ambulances and State Police on scene. We'll post more as soon as we can confirm it.