BC graduation on May 18th

Boston College graduation is Monday May 18th, and may affect traffic in the Chestnut Hill area. Graduation-related events start on Thursday, May 14th. For a detailed schedule or related events, visit the the BC commencement website.

Green Line track repairs in Commonwealth Ave. area

During the weekends of October 25-26 and November 1-2, 2014 the MBTA will be performing critical repairs to the Green Line Tracks in the area of Warren Street and Commonwealth Avenue. Construction will include the utilization of heavy equipment during all hours of the weekend. On October 25-26 busses will replace Trolleys between BC and Blandford. On November 1-2 Busses will replace Trolleys between BC and Babcock. Road closures and traffic detours will be in place. Please follow posted detour signs and Police direction.

For more detailed information, visit service alerts section of the MBTA website.

Paving work on Hammond Pond Parkway postponed

After announing plans to repave Hammond Pond Parkway this week, the DCR decided to postpone them, due to the Jewish holiday. No new date has been scheduled. For more info, view their press release.

Hammond Pond Pkwy Road Closure

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will close Hammond Pond
Parkway in Newton from Beacon Street to the Chestnut Hill Mall driveway on Thursday,
October 2, 2014 and Friday, October 3, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. until
approximately 5:00 p.m.

The road will close again the following week on Monday, October 6, 2014 through Wednesday,
October 8, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The road closure is being
done to mill and repave the parkway.

Hammond St. traffic update

On Friday, August 30th, Gloria Gavris, President of the CHA attended  a meeting  at the corner of Rt. 9 & Hammond Street to review and discuss traffic concerns on Hammond Street, in/out of the CVS parking lot and on Rt 9. In attendance were Alderman Ruthanne Fuller, Alderman Lisle Baker, Brookline Selectmen, Representatives from Chestnut Hill Neighborhood Association (CHA’s Brookline counterpart), WS Development (owners of The Street), Brookline & Newton Traffic & Parking Officers and the Department of Transportation.

Following the meeting, she reported:

–  WS Development has plans before the Town of Brookline to widen the Entrance/Exit at CVS and will include a pedestrian sidewalk.  This issue is presently before the Brookline Zoning Board of Appeals.
–  Brookline will discuss the possibility of removing 3 parking meters along Hammond Street to allow for more width on the roadway for cars to pass.
– More signage will occur along Hammond Street to “Not Block the Box” with painting of the roadway to ease flow of traffic going in/out of the CVS driveway.
– MA Dept. of Transportation will slightly alter the timing of the lights on Route 9 by Chestnut Hill Square on September 15th (?)
– MA Dept. of Transportation and Brookline Traffic will continue to monitor the flow of traffic .As many Chestnt Hill residents know, this Entrance/Exit at CVS has always been problematic, with traffic stalled all the way up Hammond Street toward Beacon.  Unfortunately this issue is within the jurisdiction of the Town of Brookline and our government officials will continue to communicate and work with them to  seek coordination and assistance to alleviate traffic and congestion concerns.

Route 9 and Hammond St. Traffic update

The CHA recently obtained the following information from Newton officials:

The contractor doing the work on Route 9 (between Hammond Pond Parkway to just west of Langley) will be working nights this week. The work includes the placement of what is called the “sign bridge”. This is the structure that spans across all lanes of Route 9 that the new signage is attached. This sign bridge work does require the temporary shut down of Route 9 for 5 to 10 minutes (shut down approved by MassDOT). The closure will take place sometime between the hours of 2:00 AM and 3:00 AM. While on nights the contractor will also be completing the drainage work in the area of the new Chestnut Hill Square complex.

Work on Route 9 is expected to be completed by fall of 2013, possibly even late summer.

At the request of CHA members, city official will discuss adding a police detail at the intersection of Hammond and Route 9 during the lane closures during peak afternoon hours. However, with all of the construction activities around they anticipate some difficulty getting a detail officer.