The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and MassDOT remind motorists to expect traffic impacts from this weekend’s lane restrictions on I-90 in Boston supporting the MCCA’s project to remove the ceiling of the Prudential Tunnel.
The restrictions will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction on the Massachusetts Turnpike through the Pru Tunnel beginning tonight, Friday, April 4 at 9pm through Monday, April 7 at 5am.
Regarding Boston Red Sox games Saturday and Sunday, MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola strongly encourages the public to take the MBTA Green Line or Commuter Rail to Yawkey Station. Motorists attending the game should consider using Storrow Drive.
Traffic congestion during daylight hours is expected to be significant on the Turnpike in Boston in both directions. Traffic on surrounding roadways in the Back Bay and the Charles River roads will also be impacted, with the possibility of backups on Interstate 93 both north and south of Boston.
MCCA and MassDOT advise motorists without a destination in Boston during the weekend to use Interstate 95/Route 128 to reach points south and north of Boston. The I-93 Northbound HOV exit to the Airport (left-hand exit) will be open to all vehicles 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to help alleviate congestion.
Motorists destined for Logan Airport are urged to use the Callahan Tunnel or to approach Logan via Route 16 to Route 1A. Motorists destined for the Turnpike Westbound from East Boston and points north are encouraged to use the Sumner Tunnel to Storrow Drive (AUTOS ONLY due to height restrictions) to join the Turnpike beyond the work zone at the Allston/Brighton Interchange, or travel to the Turnpike via I-95.
Along with delays, motorists entering the work zone, where the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph, should expect to encounter entrance and exit ramp closures and detours in this area during the project. Further details are available on the project website at www.prutunnelproject.info/.
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