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sumner-tunnel-final-condition-page-25MassDOT is moving forward with toll demolition and road reconstruction operations at the existing toll plaza at the entrance to the Sumner Tunnel in East Boston.

Work-related logistical activities at the Sumner Tunnel began last week including marking utilities and installing temporary signage and the full scope of work for this project consists of removing the existing toll plaza structure, removing roadway materials, milling and paving, and preparing the roadway for after plaza demolition traffic usage.

“At the request of the local community, we waited to proceed with toll plaza demolition activities at this location and incorporated public feedback in the project design,” said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin.  “We are pleased that after many conversations and public meetings we now have a scope of work and timeline that satisfies the needs of our project team and for the adjacent neighborhoods. This toll plaza at the Sumner is the last remaining work zone where plaza demolition needs to occur and, as with the other work zones in the state, we have planned the design and management activities to minimize work during peak travel times and to allow for advance notice to the public.”

During the weekend of May 5 through May 7, MassDOT will conduct demolition activities of the toll plaza structures and canopies which will require overnight off-peak closures of the Sumner Tunnel. The toll plaza structures and canopies are expected to be removed in their entirety by May 8, and all work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017 as is true with work at all other former toll plaza locations throughout the Commonwealth.

Throughout this project, two lanes of travel will be maintained throughout the project area with a temporary traffic signal controlling local street access into the Sumner Tunnel. In order to allow crews to safely and effectively conduct construction operations, there will be temporary off-peak lane closures at various points throughout the project. More information regarding traffic impacts will be provided as it becomes available.

Drivers are encouraged to minimize distractions, remain aware at all times, and devote their full attention to traveling through this active construction zone.

All scheduled work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

Drivers are encouraged to obtain an E-ZPass transponder free of charge in order to pay a discounted All Electronic Tolling rate at

For more information, check the Toll Plaza Demolition Project website.

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