Jackson Sq. Playground Will Effect South West Corridor Bike Path

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 07

Got this in the email, from the DCR.  I am pretty sure we cyclists will be just fine, but good to have a heads up.

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Wanted to let you know about a project that’s coming on line, the Jackson Sq Playground construction.  It’s a pretty cool effort, with substantial financial support of private partner Boston Children’s Hospital, and their Urban Renewal Committee.  If construction goes according to schedule, (roughly 8-10 weeks) we should have it open in early Summer.  The project is slated to get underway on Monday the 8th.

One construction impact will affect the SW Corridor bike path, which we know is a major commuter and transportation node for bikers coming into and out of the area.  We’re going to need to combine the separated path into one for the duration of the project (roughly 8-10 weeks).  In addition, construction vehicles will be active in the area, necessitating periodic path closures.  There will be a police detail (2 officers) on the site to direct traffic.

I’ve attached the information we presented at a recent public meeting.  It’s got more detail regarding budget, design, and other issues (landscaping, staging, etc.)…along with pictures and maps.  There are also slides outlining the temporary path realignment.

http://www.mass.gov/dcr/news/publicmeetings/materials/parklands/2013-4-1jacksonpresentation.pdf

 


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6 Responses to “Jackson Sq. Playground Will Effect South West Corridor Bike Path”

  1. By Awesome on Apr 8, 2013 | Reply

    “One construction impact will affect the SW Corridor bike path, which we know is a major commuter and transportation node for bikers coming into and out of the area. [...] construction vehicles will be active in the area, necessitating periodic path closures.”

    So: “we know this path is critical, and that spring/early summer is when many people decide to start cycling to/from work…but go screw yourselves and enjoy riding on a three lane highway that has absolutely zero accommodations for cyclists.”

    Prediction: the path will be used for all the construction workers to park their pickups on, instead of them parking in some of the hundreds of parking spaces available at Bromley-Heath. Construction will last until mid-fall.

    If you need officers for a construction detail on the roads, you damn well should get them for the bike path as well, and KEEP THE PATH OPEN.

    Is anyone else concerned about kids bolting out of this playground, especially since part of it is on the other side of the path?

  2. By James Brown on Apr 8, 2013 | Reply

    They’ve been shooting and throwing shit at us for a decade or more…and now they get a fancy park and the path closed for a couple of months?

  3. By BostonBiker on Apr 8, 2013 | Reply

    Did either of you bother to actually read the post? This is not a closure. It is going to be combining the separated path into one (something that is basically already happening on a daily basis)for that one tiny corner.

    @James stop being such a jerk, kids need playgrounds.

    @”awesome” this particular one is surrounded a fence so they shouldn’t be “running out in front of you”

    The way the both of you reacted to a entirely routine bit of non-news makes me wonder if perhaps you need more fresh air and less internet.

  4. By mtalinm on Apr 8, 2013 | Reply

    rode home that way and saw nothing. is it daytime only or mebbe didn’t start yet?

  5. By Pierce on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Seems reasonable and I’m grateful for them thinking to notify cyclists like this. Posting this notice on the construction fence in advance of the work would be great for folks who don’t read up online…..

  6. By david moy on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Rode by today. Path closest to the playground is closed but the other one is opened. Warning signs posted right at the Jackson Square station entrance and on the cross corner of Heath St. There was a state police posted at the site this AM.

    I am all for better playgrounds and better bike paths. Kids who don’t get a chance and learn to play well grow up to be bikers who don’t get along well.

    david

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