Overpass announcement delayed

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) may reach a decision on the future of the Casey Overpass in private this week, but it will not immediately hold a public meeting to announce the decision.

MassDOT previously said the decision would be made this week.

“Usually we publicize meetings for two weeks, and we haven’t publicized anything at all,” MassDOT spokesperson Michael Verseckes told the Gazette today. “To schedule a meeting this week would put in jeopardy the hard work a lot of people have done so far.”

“We’re going to try our best to be seamless and fair. [The announcement] is not going to happen this week, but it will be soon,” he said.

The announcement was originally scheduled for a mid-December community meeting, after being announced to the project’s Working Advisory Group (WAG). It was postponed after elected officials, led by state Rep. Liz Malia, requested a delay in the decision amid community controversy.

The Casey Overpass is the State Route 203 bridge over Washington Street and Hyde Park Avenue at the Forest Hills T Station. The aging bridge must be demolished in coming years.

The state Casey Overpass project website is at massdot.state.ma.us/caseyoverpass.

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