•Since the look ahead covering the period from August 9 to August 30, the project has completed the northern (towards Green Street) headhouse. All remaining activities needed to open the headhouse are related to testing and commissioning efforts by others. Barletta Heavy Division, MassDOT’s general contractor for the project, will assist with these activities as needed and appropriate. As soon as commissioning of the northern headhouse is complete, this entrance to Forest Hills Station will open to patrons for both entry and exit.
•Restoration of the driveway at 500 Arborway has also been advanced.
Motorists are reminded that eastbound (towards Franklin) and westbound (towards the Arboretum) left turns off the Arborway at the intersections of South Street/Arborway and Washington Street/Arborway are now permanently prohibited. These movements will now be permanently handled by the eastern and western median U-turns. The only exception to this is the westbound left turn at Arborway/Washington Street which is available to general purpose traffic as directed by the electric sign mounted on the signal controlling the Arborway westbound approach. Drivers of private cars using this left turn when the approach is signed for buses only may be subject to fines and assigned moving violations. Additional warning signage addressing this issue has been installed and is subject to police enforcement. As of the period addressed by this look ahead, enhanced traffic enforcement by the State Police is in place.
•Motorists are also reminded that the northbound (towards Green Street) right lane of Washington Street west (towards the Arboretum) of Forest Hills Station is now an active travel lane. Taxis are now operating from their permanent location on the Arborway north of Forest Hills Station. Private vehicles, Lyfts, Ubers, etc. are prohibited from stopping in the active travel lane. This will be subject to traffic enforcement during the three weeks covered by this look ahead and beyond. Regulatory signage to this effect has been placed and will be subject to police enforcement.
•Landscape maintenance, replacement of trees which did not survive installation, mowing of grass, installation of landscape elements not installed last fall, etc., will occur as needed and appropriate project wide during the three weeks covered by this look ahead. Also, during the three weeks covered by this look ahead, repairs will be performed on sections of sidewalk as required. These repairs will happen across the project as needed and appropriate.
•During the weeks covered by this look-ahead, the following activities will take place:
*Landscape maintenance, replacement of trees which did not survive installation, mowing of grass, etc. will occur as needed and appropriate project wide.
*Repairs will be performed on sections of sidewalk as required. These repairs will happen across the project as needed.
*Restoration of the driveway at 500 Arborway will continue to be advanced.
*During the last week of September, assuming correct weather conditions, the project’s final fall plantings will be installed.