The blizzards may have slowed the work, but there's no mistaking the Casey Overpass is coming down: Trees all around it have been chopped down, there's a new road and sidewalk on the bus-depot side and construction equipment is everywhere.
There are some pretty nice views up there, which will disappear with the overpass - unless you happen to have a drone - from Forest Hills and Roslindale on one side to Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and the Back Bay on the other. In January, just before the first blizzard, I walked up along the bus-depot side of the overpass. Returned yesterday with the kidlet to find that sidewalk is now blocked off. Fortunately for us, the sidewalk on the T-stop side of the overpass remains open for now. Here are some photos from the two walks.
Yeah, the overpass is in rough shape - which you can see both at the top, where the four lanes have been reduced to two, and from below:
The overpass is pretty curvey:
The main reason for the overpass was to get cars over the elevated that used to go down Washington Street - where there's now just a lot of space:
The Green Line used to go under the overpass, too:
The trolleys used to sleep at night at the Arborway Yard, which these days is a "temporary" bus yard next to the overpass. You can also see (from left to right) the old Jamaica Plain High School, English High, the Pru and the Hancock and the round senior-citizen apartment tower in Egleston Square (See it larger):
One thing that won't be moved during the construction, at least not initially, is the memorial to the "Men of the Jamaica Plain Car Barn Who Served in the World War:"
You get a good view of the Ukranian Orthodox church from the overpass:
One thing that surprised me was just how much of a hill Washington Street goes up in Roslindale:
By comparison, South Street and Hyde Park Avenue are relatively flat:
Across from the liquor store is the Forest Hills T station:
New, temporary road, to carry traffic between the time the overpass comes down and the new surface roads are ready:
And, as always, no camping allowed under the overpass.