At 380 Arborway (near South Street) around 7:15 p.m.
MassDOT reports that after tomorrow morning's rush hour, like around 10 a.m. or so, workers will shift the westbound (towards the Jamaicway) lanes on the Arborway at Forest Hills to their new permanent positions, which will mean getting into a new mindset when driving through the area. Read more.
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. Read more.
State officials said tonight that the delayed Casey Overpass replacement project is just three weeks away from being fully opened to motorists. Read more.
The roads around the Forest Hills T station, already a rough ride in these days of Arborway work, became even more gridlocked this morning when at least some of the traffic lights failed. Read more.
Clay Harper reports the tar was still hot when this jogger decided to try out a new bike path put down today as part of the Arborway road project in Forest Hills.
Longtime Arborway observer Clay Harper took a look at the new sidewalks around Forest Hills station today:
Sidewalk open from FH Gate of @ArnoldArboretum all the way to @harvestcoop. Bike paths, not quite.
The Board of Appeal today approved a developer's plan to replace the current Laz parking lot across from the Forest Hills T stop with three six-story apartment buildings.
Criterion Development agreed to set aside 20% of the units as affordable - the city requires only 13%. Read more.
In a few days, maybe people will have adjusted, but at least this morning, the re-alignment of traffic on Washington Street between Ukraine Way and New Washington Street caused headaches for motorists and people trying to get to the T station by bus. Read more.
Arborway project chronicler Clay Harper shows us the first new trees to be planted along the roadway - 16-to-18 foot elms. MassDOT plans call for 560 trees to be planted along the new surface roads - or about 400 more than were there when the Casey Overpass still hulked along.
Todd Consentino attended a MassDOT update session on the Casey Overpass/Forest Hills rehab project tonight and reports that the work has fallen a year behind schedule: Three months due to the inability to work under the mega snowpiles of 2015 and now nine months because the state is having problems buying six ceiling-mounted "jet fans" to ventilate and cool the Orange Line tunnel under the new ground-level Arborway. Read more.
A Brighton Municipal Court jury today convicted Nikloas Papadopoulos of negligent operation - a misdemeanor - for a Sept. 6, 2013 crash that paralyzed a Dorchester man in the pickup he smashed into and put one of his own passengers into a wheelchair with a traumatic brain injury, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Jury selection began this week for the trial of Nikolas Papadopoulos, 20, who is charged with causing a Sept. 6, 2013 crash on the Arborway by flipping his car while doing 80 m.p.h. on the way to the Jamaicaway.
Opening statements could come today, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
State officials say next week is when workers take the first real bite out of the Casey Overpass - they're scheduled to remove a piece of the abutment on the rotary side of the hulking, crumbling bridge.
Along with that comes the first overpass-removal detours: Traffic heading from the rotary into Jamaica Plan will be diverted onto the temporary road that's been built alongside the Arborway bus depot - which means the gazillion traffic lights the state has installed will blink into use.
Clay Harper, who has been chronicling plans for the Casey Overpass, watched workers smooth out the new temporary lane along the overpass yesterday, in preparation for the demolition of the overpass. The work has also included taking down trees - yesterday, workers chopped down the trees along the upper busway at the Forest Hills T station.
Prescient drivers who brought long books with them had plenty of time to catch up this morning. Hyde Park Avenue into Forest Hills was, once again, a complete mess. It was joined this morning by the West Roxbury Parkway and Arborway/Jamaicaway where delays stretched way back, in turn causing a backup on Walter Street that extended all the way to Henry's, where, at least, motorists could stop for a candy bar and a lottery ticket.
The Globe reports on a hearing this morning in West Roxbury District Court for Nikolas Papadopoulos, charged with causing a crash that sent six people to the hospital last year - permanently injuring two of them, one a Dorchester father of three, the other just 14 at the time.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports that because he withdrew his plea, Papadopoulos is now scheduled for trial in March.
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