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Casey Overpass Map NewAs part of the MassDOT Casey Arborway Project, the project team has announced that the Casey Overpass will be closed as follows:

Saturday, May 9th – Westbound toward Jamaica Pond closed
Saturday, May 16th – Casey Overpass closed permanently BOTH directions

By the time of the May 9 westbound closure, temporary lanes to the north of the Overpass and the temporary signals will be fully operational and ready to receive traffic. The southbound exit of Forest Hills Street, toward Shea Circle, will remain closed to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

MassDOT, project contractor Barletta Heavy Division and members of the Boston Transportation Department will monitor the performance of the temporary traffic signals and make any needed adjustments to signal timings. Police will be present in the corridor to help keep traffic moving and assist drivers in adjusting to the new traffic pattern.

Drivers passing through Forest Hills should allow extra time for their trip and observe all traffic control signage and police to ensure the safety of all drivers, pedestrians and cyclists along with the project team at work.

Over the weekend of May 16, the overpass will be closed permanently in both directions. All traffic will be shifted on to temporary roadways built over the past several months. Temporary signals to accommodate traffic flow for vehicles and pedestrians will be fully operational. Overpass demolition will begin during the week of May 18.

During the initial phase of overpass demolition, westbound traffic will travel along the temporary roadway from Shea Circle to the Arborway onramp at South Street.

During this phase of construction, bicycle connections will remain as they have since the temporary closure of the entrance of the Southwest Corridor Bicycle Path in April of 2015. At the end of the pathway, cyclists seeking to access South Street, north or southbound should bear to the right.

Pedestrian connections will also be maintained over a mix of existing and temporary sidewalks. All temporary sidewalks are ADA-compliant.

Transit operations at Forest Hills Station will not be immediately impacted by the closure of the overpass. Potential impacts to bus operations are being coordinated with MBTA service planning staff.

The project consists of removing the existing structurally deficient Casey Overpass and replacing it with a simplified at-grade reconstructed roadway network. A new fully accessible Orange Line access/egress headhouse will replace the existing substandard exit only headhouse. Bicycle and pedestrian accommodations will be enhanced throughout the project limits. The Route 39 bus will be relocated to the reconstructed upper busway at Forest Hills Station. The project will result in the reconnection of the Arborway and Emerald Necklace Park from the Arnold Arboretum to Franklin Park.

For more information about this project, please visit the Casey Arborway project website.  To sign up for project emails showing upcoming construction operations: CaseyArborway.Construction@dot.state.ma.us. For questions or concerns, please contact Jim Kersten, (857) 368-9041. For immediate questions about a construction issue, call 617-571-7878.

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