3-Week Look-Ahead: August 24 to September 11
All modes are now traveling over a mix of permanent and temporary routes. During the first week covered by this look ahead, night work will take place on the section of the Overpass west of Washington Street, above the Route 39 bus-way, and over South Street. Nighttime work is required to ensure the safety of the traveling public.
During the first week covered by this look-ahead, night work will take place to remove the remaining section of the Overpass. Nighttime demolition work is currently projected to conclude following the night shift on Thursday, August 27th. During the day, materials taken from the Overpass will be removed from the site for processing. Processing of materials will continue throughout the three weeks covered by this look-ahead.
Likewise throughout the upcoming three weeks, drilled shaft installation will continue in the MBTA parking lot off Hyde Park Avenue as will gas line installation between Orchard Hill Road and Washington Street by National Grid.
All work is subject to weather conditions.
Operations for the week of August 24 will include the following:
- On Washington Street west of Forest Hills Station adjacent to Ukraine Way:
- Construction of temporary roadway along the road’s eastern (towards Hyde Park Avenue) side.
- Installation and activation of temporary street lighting along the road’s eastern side.
- Within the MBTA station:
- Electrical conduit and hangers for ventilation equipment will be installed
- Construct a track pad for high rail vehicle access
Operations for the week of August 31 will focus on:
- On Washington Street west of Forest Hills Station adjacent to Ukraine Way, temporary roadway will be constructed along the road’s eastern (towards Hyde Park Avenue) side.
- Within the MBTA station:
- Installation of electrical conduit and hangers for ventilation equipment will continue.
- Construction of masonry block walls will begin.
- A section of wall at the western (towards Jamaica Pond) side of Toole Square, the small park across from Forest Hills Station, will be cleaned as a mock-up for future renovations.
During the week of September 7th, work will not take place on Monday, September 7th in recognition of Labor Day. Operations inside Forest Hills Station will continue including the installation of masonry block walls and electrical conduit and hangers for ventilation equipment. On Washington Street west of Forest Hills Station adjacent to Ukraine Way, a work zone will be established on the western (towards Arnold Arboretum) side of the street to allow construction of the new configuration at this location to begin.
For your safety:
Motorists: are reminded to reduce speed, pay close attention to all signals, pavement markings, signage and directions from police details. In particular:
- Yield to pedestrians on turns. This is particularly important at the intersection of New Washington Street/South Street where some motorists have been observed disregarding clearly visible signage.
- Please do not block the box at intersections. If you cannot clear the intersection on its opposite side, do not proceed until there is space for you to do so.
- Please do not turn onto Martinwood Road from South Street as a way to access Washington Street. Making this movement requires you to pass through two Do Not Enter signs. Doing so is both illegal and dangerous.
- Please do not take a left turn at the bottom of the eastbound off-ramp to South Street. This ramp is now right turn only from both lanes. This condition has been and will be enforced by State Police.
- Motorists with destinations on Hyde Park Avenue, Washington Street north of Forest Hills or east of Franklin Park are reminded to bear left on the Arborway east of Murray Circle to access the eastbound temporary roadway. Please do not exit to the right at the end of the Arborway unless you are bound for Forest Hills Station, Roslindale Square or points south on Washington Street. Making a loop around Forest Hills Station to go east to Shea Circle takes longer and is counterproductive to the successful operation of the temporary traffic set-up.
- Likewise, motorists seeking to access Shea Circle and points east should remain on the mainline Arborway. Using the Arborway Carriage Road to go east to Shea Circle ultimately takes longer and is counterproductive to the successful operation of the temporary traffic set-up.
Pedestrians: are reminded to please cross only at designated crosswalks. Any crosswalk which has been temporarily removed has been taken out for your safety. This applies particularly to the former crosswalk at the South Street end of New Washington Street and the former crosswalk on South Street at the Route 39 bus driveway. Pedestrian routing diagrams have been made available to WalkBoston, Livable Streets, were shared at the May public information meeting, and are posted in Forest Hills Station. To receive a routing diagram, please contact CaseyArborway.Construction@dot.state.ma.us.
Cyclists: are reminded that when passing over the connections between the Southwest Corridor Path and Washington Street or South Street, cyclists should reduce speed and watch for pedestrians as these are shared pathways. Cyclists may occupy the full lane within the work zone, but must obey all signage and signals.