3-Week Look-Ahead: May 2nd to May 20th
During the three weeks of this look ahead, MWRA water lines and drainage structures will be installed throughout the area formerly occupied by the overpass. Likewise, National Grid will continue work on gas lines at the intersection of the Arborway carriage road and South Street. Drainage will be installed in the area formerly occupied by the Overpass starting May 16th.
Comcast will be relocating utility lines at Morton Street during the first week covered by this look ahead. Pressure testing and chlorinate will occur at the waterlines along the Arborway east of Washington Street during the same week. Removal of trees in the Morton Street median will occur during the week of May 16th. Lighting and traffic conduits and bases will be installed between Shea Circle and Washington Street from May 9th through May 20th.
Beginning on the weekend of April 9th-10th and running through June 1st, MassDOT has authorized Barletta Heavy Division to excavate in preparation for and install the 48-inch water main within the work zone during weekends. Work hours will run from 7:00AM to 7:30PM Saturdays and Sundays depending on the availability of materials and crews.
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.