Saturday, December 10, 2011

Casey Overpass Repair Schedule and Detour Plans

Hi All:

As I am sure you know, the roadway deck of the Casey Overpass (Route 203) in Boston is in rough shape. We have received many complaints about the potholes and bumpy driving surface over the last several months including 3 in the last 48 hours.

In September D6 maintenance reviewed the issue and began working on a repair plan

In October D6 paving contract for District wide maintenance approved

In Late November bridge engineers approved the re-surfacing plan

Last 2 weeks plan was finalized

Week of 12/12 - patching and resurfacing to commence

The Resurfacing will require MassDOT to close the overpass in both directions for three nights next week.

During this time period, we will be doing a lot of work, much of which will be very noisy. This work is required to prep the roadway for paving which we will do next week as well.
Below is the work plan with hours of operation and the work that will be required for each night. All work is weather dependent.
The detour plan for when the overpass is closed is attached. We will post police details at the closure locations and at also at these two critical intersections, as well as several others highlighted to us by Boston Police :
Washington/South @ New Washington Street
Hyde Park/Washington @ New Washington Street


Wednesday Night, Dec 14 and Thursday Night, Dec 15
9 PM – 5 AM

9 PM Close Casey Overpass (both directions) with in-house Bridge Crew working WB and SPS Contractor working EB. Sawcut cutting Jack Hammer noise overnight Open Casey Overpass by 5 AM each morning (NOTE: applying asphalt so hot box or truck for each crew/direction will be needed) If an additional night is needed it will be with our In-House Crew with work possibly Friday night into Saturday.

Sunday Night, Dec 18
9 PM – 5 AM
Close WB at 9 PM for Paving Operations (Less Noise)—at around Midnight we will implement an EB Closure and begin paving while rolling of asphalt continues on WB. WB Should open by 2 AM…EB will be open by 5 AM.

Early Thursday Morning, Dec 22 (fall back date early 12:01AM Early Friday Morning, Dec 23)
12:01AM - till dry
Temp Closure (say 1 Hour—pending dry time) of EB and WB for Pavement Marking application.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Survey Results are In!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Final Comments for Casey Overpass


Please check your email for a link to the Casey Overpass survey and put your opinions in before the close of business on Thursday, Dec. 8th to be sure that they are forwarded into the final record.

If you're not on the WRCNA email list and live near the West Rox Courthouse, send an email to to be added to the list.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Casey Overpass Working Advisory Group

Look here for the presentation from the planning consultants offered to the WAG in mid-July's meeting:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Liveable Streets - have a drink and think about it a minute

[Kevin Wolfson] wanted to pass on an invite to a LivableStreets StreetTalk this coming Wednesday. LivableStreets hosts these talks about once per month, and this month Fred Kent will be speaking. He is the founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, and a world-renowned expert on human behavior in the urban environment who worked with William White on the book The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. There are some more details below.

Because one of the goals of the Casey Overpass project is to create a neighborhood around Forest Hills with destination-worthy public spaces, Mr. Kent's talk is especially relevant.

Feel free to pass this invite on to anyone who might be interested!

Wed, June 22, 4:00 - 7:00 pm (talk 4:30-5:30, followed by happy hour)

@ LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge

CPCAY Update - Thanks Henry!

On Monday, June 13th City Councilor Matt O'Malley, chair of Environment and Health Committee, held a public hearing concerning the Arborway Yard. A number of people testified on the current environmental hazards of the "temporary transit facility", including representatives of the CPCAY, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, the Jamaica Pond Association, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, the Franklin Park Coalition and the Stoney Brook Neighborhood Association. Testimony also centered on the MBTA's broken promise to build a permanent transit facility and to turn over 8 acres of the site to the City of Boston for community development. Councilors O'Malley, Tito Jackson and Council President Stephen Murphy all made strong and eloquent statements about the MBTA 's responsibility to fulfill its promise and commitment to the neighborhood and the City to fund the construction of the facility. The Mayor's office was represented by Jim Hunt , as did Representative Liz Malia, who has been an extraordinary supporter of the CPCAY for the past 12 years.

Jim Hunt cited one positive development: in a meeting with the Mayor a few weeks ago the Secretary of Transportation and the MBTA general manager conveyed that they had identified a source of possible federal grant funds for the construction of the transit facility. The CPCAY and our elected officials will be following up on this possibility over the next few weeks.

Many thanks to all of you for your continued support.

Henry Allen

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Whole Foods - Add your opinions to the many flying around JP

Here's the link:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Meeting! These are rare, short and fun! Come!


There have been a couple of crimes committed on Yale Terrace in our neighborhood, and a couple of weeks ago 2-3 people dressed in black hooded sweatshirts were observed crouched at the back door to St. Andrews Church at around midnight. The police were called, but the individuals had left by the time police arrived.

For this reason we have asked the Community Relations division of our Police Area E-13 to come to speak to us on Monday, May 16, in the basement of St. Andrews Ukranian Orthodox Church on Orchard Hill Rd. at 630 pm. If we come out in good numbers, the police are more likely to pay more attention to our neighborhood. As many of us know, a few years ago there was a string of break-ins in the neighborhood.

Second, Liz O'Connor, co-chair of our neighborhood organization, is our representative to the Casey Overpass Working Group. As you know, the Casey Overpass is slated to be replaced within the next few years and this will obviously have a great impact on our neighborhood. Liz will be there to give us an update.

Third, especially for those of us on Orchard Hill Rd., there has been an issue with the locking of the gate into the cemetery on many weekdays. We could discuss this issue, and I will try to get the President of Forest Hills Cemetery to attend.

Feel free to bring any other issues to the meeting.

IF YOU WOULD NO LONGER LIKE TO BE ON THE WRCNA MAILING LIST, PLEASE EMAIL LIZ O'CONNOR AT Also feel free to give her the email addresses of anyone who you think is not on the mailing list and might want to be.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011