• Commuters prepare for months-long Callahan Tunnel closure


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Transportation officials are asking drivers to prepare for the Callahan Tunnel to close to traffic for months beginning on Friday.

    MassDOT officials say three main detour routes will be implemented to handle the traffic volume. They also urge commuters to become familiar with public transit options, including "enhanced" MBTA Blue and Silver Line Service, to reach East Boston and Logan International Airport.

    The Callahan will remain closed until March 12 as the state plans a complete rehabilitation of the tunnel. Officials announced in June that an additional four to five months of work requiring overnight closures between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. would follow the closure.

    The $34.9 million project includes rehabilitation of the 52-year old tunnel's deck, curb line, gutters and replacement of the tunnel's wall panels. The original deteriorated wall panels were removed in December 2012 as a safety measure due to significant corrosion to the panel wall anchor system.

    The Callahan Tunnel carries traffic from Boston's North End to Logan International Airport and Route 1A in East Boston. An estimated 30,000 cars pass through the tunnel each day.

    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

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