Construction chopper to slow J-way traffic on Sunday

PONDSIDE—A helicopter is slated to land at Daisy Field and haul equipment to the roof of the 30-story Jamaicaway Tower on Sun., April 22, resulting in some traffic restrictions on the Jamaicaway, according to the president of the tower’s board of directors.

The $100,000 helicopter ride is the only way to get a new air conditioning device and related gear to the roof of the 111 Perkins St. residential tower, said Steve Glickel. The work is slated between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., with limited motor vehicle and pedestrian access, he said. The helicopter is expected to make two trips, the first at 8 a.m. and the second around 9 a.m., according to a construction plan from Vantage Builders provided to the Gazette by Glickel.

The plan calls for the State Police to perform a “rolling barricade” of police cars to halt traffic for five to 10 minutes for each helicopter trip as the aircraft crosses the Jamaicaway with equipment dangling beneath it. Boston Park Rangers will keep pedestrians away, the plan says. The State Police could not immediately confirm the traffic restrictions.

The work will be postponed if there are high winds.

Daisy Field at the Jamaicaway and Bynner Street in Olmsted Park will be used as the staging area for loading the helicopter. The field will be closed to the adult baseball leagues that usually use it, Glickel said. The construction plan says the helicopter work will be on the grass area of the field and promises that workers will “leave the site at the end of the day in better shape than when we arrived.”

The work involves replacing an air conditioning cooling tower. It cannot be placed at ground level because of the noise it will make, Glickel said.

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