Overpass replacement choice to be made

November 22, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will decide on which alternative—bridge or at-grade—will replace the current Casey Overpass by Dec. 12. Public comment will be accepted through Dec. 6.

The decision will be announced to members of the Working Advisory Group (WAG) on Dec. 12 and to the community at large Dec. 14.

According to the design team, both a replacement bridge or a new street network without a bridge would handle projected traffic increases well, and both would improve on the current street network.

A standing-room-only crowd at the State Lab building on South Street voiced its opinions and asked questions on the two alternatives for an hour and a half, following a presentation on the mobility and livability of the two options on Nov. 21.

Public opinion at the meeting favored the at-grade option, though there was significant support for the bridge.

Boston Cyclists Union, MassBike, Livable Streets Alliance, JP Bikes, WalkBoston and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy have organized a meeting to discuss the alternatives Dec. 6, 6 p.m., at the State Lab building. Those organizations favor the at-grade option.

Most of the project’s materials, meeting minutes and documentation are available on the project’s website, massdot.state.ma.us/CaseyOverpass.

Comments can be sent to the city liaison, John Romano, at john.romano@state.ma.us or 617-973-7028.

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