MassDOT reports it now expects the road sections of the Arborway/Forest Hills project to be finished by mid-January, rather than, oh, today.
At 10 a.m. today, workers were to adjust "traffic logistics" to shift eastbound drivers on the Arborway to the new, permanent alignment between South and Washington streets.
Westbound drivers will now have to wait until mid-January, barring a blizzard or something, to get into their final traffic lanes, the state says. State officials had originally hoped to have all the roadwork finished by Monday.
The schedule of these operations has been impacted and determined by ongoing winter weather conditions as well as coordination and accommodations with key stakeholders.
The state adds that once the new eastbound configuration is unleashed:
- Eastbound traffic will be discontinued on New Washington Street.
- Eastbound left turns to go from the Arborway to Washington Street northbound (towards the Green Street orange line station) will be prohibited at the intersection of Arborway/Washington Street.
Drivrs who want to get onto Washington Street towards English High will instead have to continue through the intersection and use the new median U-turn, then turn right onto Washington.
In mid-January, or thereabouts, westbound traffic will be blocked on New Washington and you won't be able to turn left onto South Street (which turns into Washington Street) anymore. Instead, you'll have to go straight through the intersection, then take the new median U-turn and turn right to get to Roslindale.
MBTA buses will have a dedicated lane to turn left from the Arborway westbound onto Washington Street southbound (towards Hyde Park Avenue) to access the lower busway at Forest Hills Station.
All other vehicles will be prohibited from this lane during peak commuting hours. An electric sign mounted on the traffic signal will indicate when this lane is legally available to general traffic.