Where is the Casey Overpass and why does it exist? The Casey Overpass was built in 1955 to quickly carry cars over Forest Hills from the Arboretum to Shea Circle, near Franklin Park. Though it was originally constructed as a six-lane overpass, deterioration has reduced it to just two lanes.
What's happening now? After 9 months of public process, in which LivableStreets participated in the working advisory group to advise MassDOT and their team of consultants on design alternatives, a decision has been made. On March 8, 2012, Secretary Davey stated,
"The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has selected the at-grade alternative for the Casey Overpass, which carries Route 203 over Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain. The decision was made after an extensive public outreach campaign consisting of five public meeting and 12 Working Advisory Group meetings over a nine-month period."
What does LivableStreets think? We at LivableStreets strongly support the at-grade alternative, and we are reaching out to you to voice your support too. Both alternatives improve circulation for all modes. However, only the at-grade option removes an enormous barrier that has divided neighborhoods and disconnected nearby parks from neighborhoods and each other. Further, the at-grade option leaves room in the budget to extend crucial bike, pedestrian, and transit facilities to Washington St. towards Roslindale.
Why is it important? This project is an enormous opportunity to reconnect four of the most beautiful parks in Boston, and the neighborhoods that surround them. It is an opportunity to set an example for sustainable infrastructure. And perhaps most importantly, it is an opportunity to enhance Forest Hills as a noteworthy neighborhood of its own.
What can you do?
Attend the Design Advisory Group meetings. Find out more about the current public process and MassDOT project site here >>
Support this project by making a donation or becoming a LivableStreets member today. LivableStreets is your voice for better biking, walking, and public transit to create safe streets and vibrant communities - making the Boston region a better place to live, work, and play.
The following handout was created by LivableStreets in anticipation of the Nov 21 Public Meeting. The Key Points are still relevant:
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