MANY RESIDENTS of the neighborhoods around the Casey Overpass believe the bridge eases traffic problems, and that those problems will get worse if it is removed. While MassDOT has concentrated on east-west travel along the Arborway, even the department’s traffic models show that north-south traffic between Jamaica Plain and the Forest Hills area, Roslindale, and Hyde Park will get worse without a bridge.
The current span removes through-traffic along a major commuting corridor from the surface traffic mix, and makes it easier for bicyclists and pedestrians to make the north-south crossing. The bridge, unlike the others that are being considered for removal, has a wide sidewalk enabling bicyclists and pedestrians to pass over Forest Hills Station with no intersections. It’s both safer and faster than going through at grade.
The overpass connects the major green spaces of Arnold Arboretum, Forest Hills Cemetery, and Franklin Park with a route which gives great views of downtown Boston, the Southwest Corridor, and the Stony Brook Valley. I’ve led numerous bike rides over and under the bridge, and our route has always been enhanced by the existence of the overpass.
I bike under the bridge daily on my commute. While traffic flow could be improved, the last thing that will do that is mixing through traffic with local traffic.