Sumner Tunnel to remain open this weekend amid MBTA, street closures

MassDOT will halt this weekend’s closure of Boston’s Sumner Tunnel, as parts of the MBTA’s Orange and Green Line Trains remain suspended amid concerns over the structural Integrity of the Government Center garage. MassDOT’s highway division said it was suspending planned construction work on the Sumner Tunnel that was scheduled for Friday, June 24, beginning at 11 pm through Monday, June 27, at 5 am “This decision to suspend planned work was made to minimize any additional travel impacts created by the suspension of regular MBTA Orange and Green Line service in the area of ​​Haymarket Station, “MassDOT said in a statement. This weekend was set to be the second of what will be the 36 weekend closures of the Sumner Tunnel, as MassDOT does extensive Rehabilitation on the 87-year-old tunnel considered to be in a state of “disrepair.” Authorities said the deficiencies cannot be addressed without closures to allow for major maintenance work. “While the Sumner Tunnel is in need of repairs, it remains safe for traffic to use,” MassDOT said. MassDOT said the construction site near the MBTA’s Haymarket Station has had no impact on the Sumner Tunnel’s structural integrity.The roughly $ 160 million project began on June 10, the first of 36 weeks the tunnel will need to be shut down. MassDOT will completely close the Sumner for four months between May and September 2023 in the project’s second phase, then shutter it for a still-Unspecified number of weekends in the fall and winter of next year in phase three.The Sumner Tunnel, MassDOT Warns in its official summary of the project, is “well beyond patches and repairs: the only way to keep it in service is with a top-to-bottom Restoration.” Issues in the Sumner that these Addressing are numerous. The route features exposed rebar, chipped concrete, broken lights, cracked walls and a deteriorating road surface, and ventilation, drainage, security and fire Suppression systems all need to be updated to modern code standards, MassDOT says.MassDOT officials said many repairs are needed , as the tunnel was built in the 1930s.Officials said the project will lead to detours and delays for north-of-Boston and East Boston commuters, as well as complications for many Logan International Airport travelers.Drivers traveling downtown from Logan or other parts of East Boston will be diverted to the Ted Williams Tunnel, while those headed for I-93 Northbound will be asked to follow Route 1A north to Revere’s Bell Circle Rotary, then wind through Chelsea and over the Tobin Bridge to reach the interstate.For more information about the project and how it will affect your commute, click here.

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MassDOT will halt this weekend’s closure of Boston’s Sumner Tunnel, as parts of the MBTA’s Orange and Green Line Trains remain suspended amid concerns over the structural Integrity of the Government Center garage.

MassDOT’s highway division said it was suspending planned construction work on the Sumner Tunnel that was scheduled for Friday, June 24, beginning at 11 pm through Monday, June 27, at 5 am

“This decision to suspend planned work was made to minimize any additional travel impacts created by the suspension of the regular MBTA Orange and Green Line service in the area of ​​Haymarket Station,” MassDOT said in a statement.

This weekend was set to be the second of what will be the 36 weekend closures of the Sumner Tunnel, as MassDOT does extensive Rehabilitation on the 87-year-old tunnel considered to be in a state of “disrepair.”

Authorities said the deficiencies cannot be addressed without closures to allow for major maintenance work.

“While the Sumner Tunnel is in need of repairs, it remains safe for traffic to use,” MassDOT said.

MassDOT said the construction site near MBTA’s Haymarket Station has had no impact on the Sumner Tunnel’s structural Integrity.

The roughly $ 160 million project began on June 10, the first of 36 weeks the tunnel will need to be shut down.

MassDOT will completely close the Sumner for four months between May and September 2023 in the project’s second phase, then shutter it for a still-Unspecified number of weekends in the fall and winter of next year in phase three.

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The Sumner Tunnel, MassDOT Warns in its official summary of the project, is “well beyond patches and repairs: the only way to keep it in service is with a top-to-bottom restoration.”

Issues in the Sumner that these Addressing are numerous. The route features exposed rebar, chipped concrete, broken lights, cracked walls and a deteriorating road surface, and ventilation, drainage, security and fire Suppression systems all need to be updated to modern code standards, MassDOT says.

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MassDOT officials said many repairs are needed, as the tunnel was built in the 1930s.

Officials said the project will lead to detours and delays for north-of-Boston and East Boston commuters, as well as complications for many Logan International Airport travelers.

Drivers traveling downtown from Logan or other parts of East Boston will be diverted to the Ted Williams Tunnel, while those headed for I-93 Northbound will be asked to follow Route 1A north to Revere’s Bell Circle Rotary, then wind through Chelsea and over the Tobin Bridge to reach the Interstate.

For more information about the project and how it will affect your commute, click here.

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