Callahan Tunnel closing for 3 months
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Officials announced the Callahan tunnel will be closed, completely, for three months beginning December 27th.
“Certainly closing a major feature like this tunnel is going to be an inconvenience,” said MassDOT representative, Frank Depaola.
But he said it’s inevitable as the tunnel is more than 50 years old. Last December wall panels fell into traffic in the tunnel, but that’s only part of the reason.
“Overall our plan is to do a major reconstruction to the tunnel. The floor, or the riding surface in the tunnel, the structural support, is in poor condition,” said Depaola.
The project will cost nearly 35 million dollars and it will also rehabilitate the tunnel’s deck, curb line and gutters.
Transportation officials said by closing the tunnel completely, the project can be finished much sooner; in three months as opposed to over a year. But after the three months, there will be several more months of overnight closures.
“We now have the advantage of having the Ted Williams tunnel available, which, 12 years ago they didn’t have,” said Depaola.
According to the Department of Transportation, the Sumner tunnel is next on the list for major repairs. Officials promised plenty of signs directing drivers to a number of alternate routes. But this will cause traffic confusion and problems. Officials will hold the first informational meeting Thursday night in the North End.