3-Week Look-Ahead: July 25th to August 12th
During all three weeks covered by this look-ahead installation of structural steel for the Upper Busway at Forest Hills Station will continue. In the final week of the period addressed, project team members will continue forming and reinforcing the upper busway deck atop the newly installed steel, and remove the parapet wall for the Upper Busway.
For the area between Washington Street and Shea Circle, towards Franklin Park, installation of light poles along the Arborway will occur throughout the three week period covered by this look-ahead, and installation of curbing along the Eastbound lane will occur the week of August 1st. Paving of Morton Street Westbound to Shea Circle will occur Monday through Wednesday of the first two weeks covered by this look ahead (July 25 through 27th and August 1st through 3rd). On the frontage road between Dunning Way and Shea Circle:
- Drainage will be installed during the weeks of July 25th and August 1st
- Lighting conduit and foundations will be installed July 28th through August 5th
- Curbing will be installed the week of August 8th
During the weeks of July 25th through August 5th, Eversource will complete utility relocations at the Morton Street/ Orchard Hill Ductbank.
During the rest of the week of the 25th, paving of the westbound lane from South Street to the western limit of work will occur. During the final week covered by this look-ahead (beginning August 8th), project team members will beginning installing drainage in the space vacated by the original eastbound off-ramp.
Based in part on the commentary received at our July 20th public information meeting, we will be seeking, if possible, to advance closure of the original eastbound off ramp to South Street from the Arborway during the three weeks covered by this look-ahead. If we are able to implement this change, you will receive additional information in advance of the closure.
All work is subject to weather conditions.
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.