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.
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.
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.
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.
@universalhub @02130News back up in every direction, state police trying to get through rotary at Shea circle pic.twitter.com/qSLBzcFJI0
— 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.