Navigating Boston roads is tough enough. It’s about to get tougher. Work week #1 navigating the city without the use of the Sumner Tunnel is underway. Officials say the true test will be Tuesday, as most people are all back to work and in the office.  So, why are we closing the tunnel all summer? It’s old, and in need of makeover. As reported by WCVB in Boston, the Sumner needs a “complete overhaul.” “Ventilation, drainage, security and fire suppression systems will all be brought up to modern during the closure,” the state told the TV station. Buckle up Boston: A guide to getting through the Sumner Tunnel Closure is here.

The Sumner was built in 1934. It’s also part of Route 1A. According to Mass.gov, it was the first traffic tunnel in Massachusetts. For nearly a century, it has taken our cars from Logan Airport to Boston and I-93.  That’s a long time and a lot of cars without a major overhaul. We know it’s for our own good, but it will be painful for commuters for a couple of months. The tunnel will be closed through August 31.

All this means we need to find alternatives. From transportation to routes, Mass.gov has everything we need to know, and I’m here to pass it along. So Buckle up Boston. Here’s  your guide to getting through the Sumner Tunnel closure. There are alternate routes, free transportation, and helpful hints all provided for you, courtesy of mass.gov. And hey, if you’ve had enough and need to get away from it all, why not road trip somewhere with in driving distance and take a day off!

 

  • How much extra time should you plan for?

    According to Logan Airport, give yourself an additional 2 hours for travel to and from the airport. Wait, what? Yup, that’s what it says. And welcome to Boston.

  • A map of the tunnel area

    As you can see here, the Sumner is located  between East Boston and the North End. Drivers can take it from  Logan Airport to I-93/ Boston and points north.

    A Guide To Getting Through Sumner Tunnel Closure- map

  • "Ditch The Drive"- What's free and what's discounted?

    The new city slogan “Ditch the Drive” is in place and encourages commuters to leave the car behind and take public transportation. Mass.gov reports that there will be “FREE MBTA Blue Line trips, free and discounted ferry service, new ferry service to and from Lynn, reduced Commuter Rail fares, toll discounts.”

    MassDOT is encouraging those of us traveling to or from Logan Airport to leave our cars at home and check out Massport’s list of transportation options to and from Logan, which include: the Blue Line or Silver Line, the Logan Express, the Logan Water Taxi, or the Hingham/Hull Ferry.

  • Detour Routes

    Mass.gov recommends the following detours, for the most “efficient options to divert traffic away from the Sumner” while it’s shut down for repairs:

     * Drivers from East Boston seeking to reach the Downtown Boston area will be rerouted to I-90/Ted Williams Tunnel via Bennington Street and onto I-93.

    * Drivers leaving Logan Airport seeking to reach the Downtown Boston area will be rerouted to I-90/Ted Williams Tunnel and onto I-93.

    * Drivers leaving Logan Airport seeking to reach I-93 North should:

    • follow signs for Route 1A North to Bell Circle Rotary.
    • follow signs to Route 16 to Route 1 south.
    • Proceed over Route 1/Tobin Bridge and follow signs to Rutherford Avenue.
    • Continue through Sullivan Square and onto I-93 North.

    *Drivers traveling along Route 1 south towards Downtown Boston are encouraged to divert to Route 1A in Revere at the Bell Circle Rotary. Once on Route 1A, drivers will be rerouted to I-90/Ted Williams Tunnel and onto I-93.

    * Drivers traveling along Route 1A south towards Downtown Boston are encouraged to continue along Route 1A and will be rerouted to the Ted Williams Tunnel and onto I-93.

     

    Get detour route maps here:

    Sumner Tunnel Restoration: Getting to and from Logan Airport

    Vehicles traveling to Logan Airport/ East Boston will not be impacted by tunnel closures.

  • The 511 app can help

    Massachusetts has a very helpful app to help you navigate during these frustrating and confusing times. Get the 511 app HERE. 

    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has live traffic cameras that you can view online before you travel.

    Posted by Only In Boston on Monday, July 10, 2023
  • Sign up For Project Updates

    Mass.gov has everything you need to know. You can even sign-up for project updates. Check it all out, below:

    Sumner Tunnel Restoration: Project details and closure schedule

    The Sumner Tunnel is undergoing a restoration that began in the spring of 2022. This work requires the tunnel to be closed to traffic periodically. Learn about the current project details and the closure schedule here.

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