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What should replace the Casey Overpass?

Posted by Alan Wirzbicki  April 6, 2011 03:02 PM

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39254161H7819191.jpgLater today, the Department of Transportation is holding the first community meeting about the upcoming demolition of the Monsignor William J. Casey Overpass in Jamaica Plain. The bridge, which connects the Arnold Arboretum with Franklin Park, has been deemed so structurally deficient it needs to be taken down.

What happens then? Earlier this year, the Globe's Eric Moskowitz reported that officials are mulling several options — including building a new bridge, or routing traffic onto surface roads.

Ilyas Bhatti, former commissioner of the Metropolitan District Commission, argues for rebuilding the bridge, but with a stronger bike and pedestrian component. Henry Allen, chair of the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard, argues that whatever form it takes, the replacement must not get in the way of long-stalled development plans in the neighborhood.

What do you think? When the Casey Overpass comes down, what should go in its place?

Globe file photo: underneath the Casey Overpass.

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