Forest Hills

By - 6/29/15 - 4:18 pm

MassDOT today approved a $222.2 million contract to replace the T's current fleet of 325 CNG buses with a new fleet of CNG/hybrid buses.

New Flyer, Inc., of Winnipeg, is expected to start delivering the 40-foot buses, many of which will run out of the Forest Hills yard, in July, 2016, with all buses in service a year later.

The federal government will pick up 80% of the cost.

By - 6/22/15 - 11:26 am

Mike G watched crews taking down one of the piers that used to hold up the Casey Overpass last night.

Ed. note: They could defray some of the costs by letting people with some aggression to get out get five minutes behind the controls of one of those things.

By - 6/19/15 - 7:21 pm
Crumbling Casey Overpass continues to come down

Karen Springer is your host for this episode of "Today in the Demise of the Casey Overpass."

Ed. note: It's too bad the supports weren't just a bit closer together - or taller. Because it would just be super amazing to take off just the roadway, then have a bulldozer or something push the very first/last one and watch them all tumble like dominoes.

By - 6/17/15 - 10:51 pm
Casey Overpass coming down even more in Jamaica Plain

Mike Davis shows us the new wide open vista where the middle of the Casey Overpass used to be.

On the plus side, LindaK writes: Read more.

By - 6/11/15 - 12:30 pm

Clay Harper shows us a couple of excavators contentedly munching on the Casey Overpass.

By - 5/20/15 - 9:11 am
Backhoe rips up a light pole on the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills

Fred White watched a backhoe operator rip up light poles on the Casey Overpass and just fling them over the side. "This must be fun," he suspects.

By - 5/19/15 - 5:38 pm

As Jessica Burko reports on the second day of the rest of our lives without the Casey Overpass:

Traffic parking lot from Forest Hills up thru JWay to Centre St rotary AND all up South Street to Centre. Bad.

To which Mike, sitting in a Boston firetruck, adds:

No way for even the mighty Tower Ladder 10 to get out of overpass traffic!

It gets better once drivers get used to the new surface roads and lights, right?

By - 5/15/15 - 5:11 pm

Stephanie Ainbinder spotted this horse and rider under the overpass today.

By - 5/14/15 - 3:17 pm
Taking down girders at the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills

With the overlaying concrete gone, a backhoe started wrenching out its first piece of structural steel at the going-down Casey Overpass in Forest Hills, as Clay Harper shows us.

This weekend, the state is scheduled to shut the overpass towards Morton Street, which will free workers to rip the whole thing down.

By - 5/12/15 - 9:11 am
Gridlock at Forest Hills

Go figure: Crews painted all these new don't-block-this-box boxes around Forest Hills in anticipation of the overpass shutdown and motorists promptly figured screw this, we're going to block these boxes just like we always do, as Chris shows us this morning.

By - 5/11/15 - 9:27 am
Arborway backed up at Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain

Mark shows us the backed up new roadway alongside the old Casey Overpass around 9 a.m. on the first morning the overpass is shut towards Jamaica Pond. Read more.

By - 5/10/15 - 8:35 am
Sunrise over the Casey Overpass

Isaac Walwrath took what could be his last walk across the doomed Casey Overpass this morning - the state is scheduled to shut the overpass towards Jamaica Pond this weekend, and the other side next weekend and then tear the whole thing down. Read more.

By - 5/7/15 - 11:04 pm

Dark lines show pedestrian routes: Note absence of sidewalk on T-stop side of street.

State officials said tonight the Casey Overpass demolition begins in earnest this weekend, when crews shut off the side heading towards Jamaica Pond and begin diverting traffic onto the new temporary surface road they've built. Read more.

By - 4/30/15 - 1:16 pm
Demolition at the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills

Demolition of the abutments on the Arborway side of the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills began today, as Clay Harper shows us.

By - 4/24/15 - 10:37 am

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.

By - 4/15/15 - 2:10 pm
Pineapple resistance

Clay Harper wonders what group plastered this pineapple finial resistance message on the Casey Overpass yesterday - and what they want.

By - 4/12/15 - 12:10 pm

The Boston Licensing Board this week hears a request from the owner of the failed Tonic bar in Forest Hills to sell his all-alcohol license to the owners of the Envoy Hotel, scheduled to open this summer across from the Barking Crab and the Moakley Courthouse in South Boston.

The hotel is planning two bars: A ground-level watering hole called the Outlook and a rooftop bar called the Lookout. Also planned: A 50-seat sidewalk patio.

By - 4/8/15 - 3:51 pm

The City Council today agreed to let Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) hold a series of hearings at which state and city officials can explain how replacing the Casey Overpass with a series of surface roads won't give residents cancer or block ambulances from getting heart-attack and stroke victims to the medical area - but not demand the work be stopped altogether.

Or, at least, that's what Yancey professed today.

"This is not [a motion] to cease and desist the demolition of the Casey Overpass," Yancey told fellow councilors.

By - 4/5/15 - 1:17 pm
Fried Amtrak electrical equipment at Forest Hills

Fried Amtrak electrical equipment coated with fire-suppressing foam. Photo by Keolis.

Mother Nature just doesn't like trains, it seems. Keolis reports that yesterday's two-alarm fire in an Amtrak signaling vault at Forest Hills was caused by lightning.

And since Amtrak and commuter rail share the Northeastern Corridor, that meant problems for both rail systems - and will likely cause problems during tomorrow morning's inbound commute:

Inbound passengers on the Franklin and Providence/Stoughton lines should expect 20-30 minute delays coming into Boston tomorrow. Needham Line rider should see some delays, too.