Callahan Tunnel closed for months

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BOSTON (AP) - Drivers who use the Callahan Tunnel to get to Logan International Airport and East Boston will need to find a new route for the next several months.

The 52-year-old Boston Harbor tunnel closed at 11 p.m. on Friday for the first phase of a $35 million rehabilitation project. The closure is due to last until March 12.

The tunnel carries about 30,000 cars on an average weekday.

State transportation officials expect heavier traffic through the Ted Williams Tunnel, which connects to the airport from the Massachusetts Turnpike. They are also urging people to use the MBTA or other services such as Logan Express buses to get to the airport.

The Sumner Tunnel, which carries traffic from the airport back to downtown Boston, will remain open during the closure of the Callahan.

Here is the list of changes during the closing:

- Travel to East Boston through the Ted Williams Tunnel/Massachusetts Turnpike Eastbound, over the Tobin Bridge, or for motorists coming from points north, along Route 16 East to 1A South.

- MassDOT has improved the signal timing along Route 16 to accommodate the additional vehicles.

- Commercial vehicle only restrictions have been lifted on the eastbound South Boston Bypass Haul Road and sections of the High Occupancy Vehicle only lane restrictions have been lifted to assist motorists with access to the Ted Williams Tunnel to Logan Airport, East Boston and points in the North Shore.

For more information, visit: www.mass.gov/massdot/callahantunnelrehab