DCR Updates Plan For Southwest Corridor Bike Path Amid Orange Line Shutdown

Photo: James Rojas/WBZ NewsRadio

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's four miles of protected bike path running along the Orange Line from Forest Hills, the train's southern terminus, to Back Bay, linking Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Back Bay and the South End.

When the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation announced a plan for moving closures on the popular bike path during the first two weeks of the MBTA's Orange Line shutdown, cyclists like Greg were concerned.

"My first thought was of course, you know something that doesn't make sense, why would they not do it like that," he told WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas. "I guess I was just trying to figure out how I was going to get to and from work 'cause this is like the main corridor that I use and it's a protected bike path."

Greg wasn't the only person worried about their means of transportation. Representative Mike Connolly responded on twitter, writing "FYI the Orange Line is shutting down for 30 days so you may want to rethink this thx."

After the brief public outcry, DCR changed it's plans and announced those rolling closures would start Thursday, August 18 and last through Saturday, August 20 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The MBTA said in a statement that it's still in ongoing dialogue with the City of Boston "regarding the impacts of the Orange Line work and alternative transportation options."

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports:

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