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Replacement of Casey Overpass will be a rocky road

When I read “Callahan Tunnel to close 3 months” (Metro, June 21) and learned about the impact that this will have on the city and beyond, I could not help but compare it to another dramatic event that the state Department of Transportation seems less concerned about publicizing.

The 52-year-old tunnel, through which nearly 30,000 cars travel daily, is badly in need of repair, as anyone who uses it is aware. There will be disruption and inconvenience, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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The 60-year-old Casey Overpass in Jamaica Plain carries 24,000 cars a day over Forest Hills traffic. It also is badly in need of repair. The state plans to tear it down, but rather than replacing it, it is opting for a six-lane roadway that will also handle the current surface traffic. The 24,000 cars that now avoid this traffic will be added to the mix.

Cars that now travel under the overpass on Washington Street, Hyde Park Avenue, and South Street will also face changes, and, as with those 24,000 other motorists, will have to deal with more traffic signals.

There obviously will be disruption and inconvenience for the time it will take to complete this project. Would that there were light at the end of this tunnel.

As with the downtown tunnel work, the impact on traffic will reach well beyond Jamaica Plain, to Dorchester, South Boston, Quincy, Milton, Mattapan, and elsewhere, but unlike the tunnel project it will be permanent.

John Lovett

Jamaica Plain

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