Logan passengers urged to plan ahead during Sumner Tunnel closures in Boston

WITH A LOOK AT HOW THINGS WENT. REPORTER: IT’S HARD TO MISS THE GIANT SIGN BINEHD ME, REMINDGIN DRIVERS THE SUMNER TUNNEL IS CLOSED ON THE WEEKENDS. AND FOR PELE WHO LIVE AND WORK IN THIS AREA, THE TRAFFIC FROM ATTH CLORESU THIS WEEKEND, WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO MISS. >> YESTERDAY WAS A NIGHTMARE, IT WAS JUST AUL.WF REPORTER: BAGGING UP A CARTON OF EGGS AT EBO AND COMPANY GROCERY IN EAST BOSN,TO LIKE IM NEVER GOING TO DRIVE, AGAIN. , ABIGAIL CARUSO FOUND HERSELF SITTING IN THE SUMNER TUNNEL CLOSURE TRAFFIC OVER THE WEEKEND. SAYING, IN ONE WORD, IT WAS AWFUL. >> BUT, I GUESS WE WERE SUPPOSED TO EXPECT IT. IT TOOK ME TWICE AS NG TLOO DRIVE HERE IN THE MNIORNG AND THREE TIMES AS LONGN EI AFTERNOON. REPORTER: THIS WEEKEND MARKED THE FIRST OF A 36-WEEKEND CLOSURE OF THE TUNNEL. MASS DOT SAYING AFTER 90 YEARS, THE TUNNEL IS IN NEED OF REPAIR. I LIVE CLOSE TO THE AIRPORT HERE >> I LIVE CLOSE TO THE AIRPORT HERE IN AND BOSTON. REPORTER: JOHN DOLAN NOTICED THE BACK-UP WAS BAD ON SUNDAY, NEAR THE AIRPORT. >> LUCKILY, I SWA ON FOOT YESTERDAY WHEN I SAW ALL THAT TRAFFIC, SO, I CANT REALLY COMPLAIN YET, BUT HOPEFUYLL IT DOESN’T HAPPEN EVERY WEEKEND. WE’LL SEE. REPORTER: WEEKEND CLOSURES ARE SET TO CONTINUE NOW, THROUGH NEXT SPRING. AT THAT POINT, THE TUNNEL WILL CLOSE SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FROM MAY TO SEPTEMBERF O2023, FOLLOWED AGAIN BY WEEKEND CLOSURES THROHUG THE END OF THE ARYE. >> TO BE HONEST, I KIND OF WISH THEY JUST GET IT ALLUT O OF THE WAY NOW INSTEAD OF A LITTLE BIT NOW AND A LOT MORE OVER THE XT YI YEARO TBE HONEST. REPORTER: MASS DOT SAYS ALL THE WORK SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND WAS COMPLETED, SAYI TNGHE TUNNEL RE-OPENED JUST BEFORE FOUR THIS MORNING. THEY SAY THERE COULD BE CHANGES TO THE TIMING ON A NUMBER OF SIGNS, AND MORE SIGNS, IK LE THIS ONE, REMINDING DRIVERS ABOUT THE CLOSURE, C

Logan passengers urged to plan ahead during Sumner Tunnel closures in Boston

Massport is urging passengers to plan ahead when traveling to Boston’s Logan International Airport due to Sumner Tunnel closures, which are expected to last for months.The tunnel will be closed for construction this weekend, and those flying out of Logan during that time should plan for an extra hour to get to the airport if driving due to traffic congestion, Massport said.Thirty-six weekend closures of the tunnel began earlier this month as MassDOT continues extensive rehabilitation on the 87-year-old tunnel.The work will shutter the underground tunnel that runs one way from East Boston to downtown Boston from Friday nights through Monday mornings, then for four continuous months next year, and then for another series of weekends in late 2023.The roughly $160 million project began on June 10. The tunnel will close at 11 pm Friday night and remain offline until 5 am Monday, excluding holidays.The Sumner Tunnel, MassDOT warns in its official summary of the project, is “well beyond patch es and repairs: the only way to keep it in service is with a top-to-bottom restoration.”Issues in the Sumner that need addressing are numerous. The road features exposed rebar, chipped concrete, broken lights, cracked walls and a deteriorating road surface, and ventilation, drainage, security and fire suppression systems all need to be updated to modern code standards, MassDOT said. Officials said the project will lead to detours and delays for north-of-Boston and East Boston commuters, as well as complications for many Logan International Airport travelers. Drivers traveling downtown from Logan or other parts of East Boston will be diverted to the Ted Williams Tunnel, while those headed for I-93 northbound will be asked to follow Route 1A north to Revere’s Bell Circle Rotary, then wind through Chelsea and over the Tobin Bridge to reach the interstate. Massport is urging travelers to use HOV modes throughout the tunnel closures, which will significantly reduce the number of vehicles on the roadways. Travel tips during Sumner Tunnel weekend closures, include:Check with your airline on the status of your flight before coming to Logan;Plan ahead how you will get to and from the airport;Take advantage of the various HOV services to and from Logan, such as Logan Express bus service, private bus service, and the MBTA Silver Line (FREE from Logan), Blue Line and water ferry service;Massport has four suburban Logan Express locations at Braintree, Framingham, Woburn and Peabody at the North Shore Mall; The Logan Express online discount price of $9 one way has been extended, and children ride free; Parking at Logan Express sites could be tight on weekends, so passengers are urged to be dropped off at those sites; If driving to Logan, please allow an additional hour due to possible traffic congestion; Follow the signs for the Cell Phone Lots and park until your party is ready at the Terminal curb. For more information about the project and how it will affect your commute, click here.

Massport is urgent passengers to plan ahead when traveling to Boston’s Logan International Airport due to Sumner Tunnel closures, which are expected to last for months.

The tunnel will be closed for construction this weekend, and those flying out of Logan during that time should plan for an extra hour to get to the airport if driving due to traffic congestion, Massport said.

Thirty-six weekend closures of the tunnel began earlier this month as MassDOT continues extensive rehabilitation on the 87-year-old tunnel.

The work will shutter the underground tunnel that runs one way from East Boston to downtown Boston from Friday nights through Monday mornings, then for four continuous months next year, and then for another series of weekends in late 2023.

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The roughly $160 million project began on June 10. The tunnel will close at 11 pm Friday night and remain offline until 5 am Monday, excluding holidays.

The Sumner Tunnel, MassDOT warns in its official summary of the project, is “well beyond patches and repairs: the only way to keep it in service is with a top-to-bottom restoration.”

Issues in the Sumner that need addressing are numerous. The road features exposed rebar, chipped concrete, broken lights, cracked walls and a deteriorating road surface, and ventilation, drainage, security and fire suppression systems all need to be updated to modern code standards, MassDOT said.

Officials said the project will lead to detours and delays for north-of-Boston and East Boston commuters, as well as complications for many Logan International Airport travelers.

Drivers traveling downtown from Logan or other parts of East Boston will be diverted to the Ted Williams Tunnel, while those headed for I-93 northbound will be asked to follow Route 1A north to Revere’s Bell Circle Rotary, then wind through Chelsea and over the Tobin Bridge to reach the interstate.

Massport is urging travelers to use HOV modes throughout the tunnel closures, which will significantly reduce the number of vehicles on the roadways.

Travel tips during Sumner Tunnel weekend closures, include:

  • Check with your airline on the status of your flight before coming to Logan;
  • Plan ahead how you will get to and from the airport;
  • Take advantage of the various HOV services to and from Logan, such as Logan Express bus service, private bus service, and the MBTA Silver Line (FREE from Logan), Blue Line and water ferry service;
  • Massport has four suburban Logan Express locations at Braintree, Framingham, Woburn and Peabody at the North Shore Mall;
  • The Logan Express online discount price of $9 one way has been extended, and children ride free;
  • Parking at Logan Express sites could be tight on weekends, so passengers are urged to be dropped off at those sites;
  • If driving to Logan, please allow an additional hour due to possible traffic congestion;
  • For those picking up friends and family at Logan, use the Cell Phone Lots. Follow the signs for the Cell Phone Lots and park until your party is ready at the Terminal curb.

For more information about the project and how it will affect your commute, click here.

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