• Callahan Tunnel to reopen Monday morning


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) -- The Callahan Tunnel is slated to reopen Monday morning at 5 a.m., and construction workers were still working hard to get it ready with just hours to go.

    Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey said Friday that the 52-year-old Boston Harbor tunnel is on track to be ready for the Monday morning rush hour. It was closed for a $19 million renovation project on Dec. 27.

    The original schedule called for the tunnel to reopen on Wednesday. The lead contractor, McCourt Construction, will be eligible for more than $140,000 in bonuses if the new Monday timetable is achieved.

    "I can tell you that it's been 24-seven since they started, so I'm not surprised they're on time," said Katherine Whidden, who lives nearby in the North End.

    Davey said drivers will definitely notice a difference going through the new tunnel.

    The tunnel carried a weekday average of 30,000 vehicles to East Boston and Logan International Airport. Motorists were urged to use other routes, including the Ted Williams Tunnel and the Tobin Bridge, during the renovation, which included replacement of the deck, curbing and wall panels.

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