Wall panels removed from Boston's Callahan Tunnel

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BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – State transportation officials have decided to take down all 2,800 reflective wall panels from inside Boston's Callahan Tunnel because it's more cost effective than conducting frequent tests.

The state Transportation Department decided last month that it would conduct quarterly tests on the panels after one 4-foot-by-9-foot, 100-pound panel fell to the road. No cars were struck and no one was hurt. Authorities say the panel fell because fasteners attaching it to the wall had corroded.

State Highway Administrator Frank DePaola told the agency's board yesterday that crews have already removed about 75 percent of the panels.

He tells the Boston Herald it would cost just much, if not more, to test the panels than it would to take them down.

The downside is that the tunnel is now darker. Officials are warning motorists to use their headlights in the tunnel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.