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Casey Arborway Project - Site Visit and Public Meeting - Dec 13, 2012


Design decisions made about the Casey Arborway Project remain controversial.  Many are in agreement with MassDot's decision to take the structure down and not replace it.  Others are adamantly opposed.  Note important meeting below.


MassDOT has recently released the Functional Design Report for the Casey Arborway Project. Copies of the Functional Design Report are available in the Jamaica Plain (Sedgwick Street) and Roslindale branches of the Boston Public Library, as well as at the State Transportation Library (10 Park Plaza, Boston). In addition, copies of the Functional Design Report are available on CD by request to Kate Fichter.

MassDOT has completed a Planning and Concept Design Study for the Casey Arborway project. The Study describes the planning process by which MassDOT arrived at the decision to replace the existing Casey Overpass with a network of multimodal streets.
   

Upcoming Meetings
MassDOT has filed an Environmental Notification Form for the Casey Arborway project with the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act Office. As part of the MEPA process, a site visit and public meeting will be held on:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

3pm – MEPA Site Visit
Meet at the north entrance of the Forest Hills MBTA Station

6pm-9pm – MEPA Public Meeting
Boston English High School - Auditorium
144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain





About the Casey Overpass

The Monsignor William J. Casey Overpass is the elevated section of Route 203 connecting the Arboretum at the Arborway, over Washington and South Streets, in the Jamaica Plain area of the City of Boston. The Overpass is located directly adjacent to the Forest Hills MBTA Station. (see locus map).  The area of the Overpass serves many neighborhoods and traveling constituencies, including walkers, bicyclists, MBTA riders, and motorists.  The area is also an important connection to such Boston institutions as Franklin Park, Forest Hills Cemetery, Shattuck Hospital, and the Arnold Arboretum, among others.

The overpass is structurally deficient and suffers from numerous superstructure and substructure problems due to a combination of deterioration and flaws in the original design.  The structure has deteriorated to a point where it can no longer be maintained and as part of the Patrick-Murray Accelerated Bridge Program, funding is now available to replace the existing Casey Overpass and simultaneously examine opportunities for an improved transportation network in and around this area.


PLANNING PROCESS

In March 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) initiated a study of alternatives to replace the existing Casey Overpass. The study worked to identify safe, accessible, multi-modal landscape, streetscape, and transportation options to accommodate all modes of transportation.  The planning study considered alternatives that would replace the existing Casey Overpass with a new bridge or overhead structure, as well as alternatives that would eliminate the bridge and instead build a new at-grade roadway to accommodate the traffic currently carried by the Overpass.

As part of this process, MassDOT formed a Working Advisory Group, made of representatives of local neighborhoods and organizations that will be effected by the outcome of the Casey process.  This group met regularly from March 2011 through November 2011. 

On March 8, 2012, following substantial public discussion and input, MassDOT announced that it will replace the existing Casey Overpass with a new, multimodal at-grade roadway.  MassDOT is now advancing the engineering of the new roadway to the 25% design phase, an effort in which it is assisted by the Design Working Group. 

MassDOT encourages members of the public to become involved with the design of the Casey Arborway Project, by attending a meeting of the Design Working Group or participating in a Public Information Meeting. 


For more information, visit the Casey Arborway Project at the Mass Gov website: 


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Posted: December 12, 2012     Nancy J Conrad


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