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image-1-copyMassDOT is ahead of schedule in its toll demolition and road reconstruction activities at the Sumner Tunnel toll plaza location in Boston and due to the progress made during operations over the past 36 hours, the scheduled closure of the Sumner Tunnel from 9 p.m., tonight, through 5 a.m., Monday is no longer necessary.

“Thanks to well-planned logistical steps and the hard work of everyone involved in these operations, including the designers, planners, construction crews and contractors, law enforcement details, and the cooperation of the traveling public, our initial demolition operations have been successful and are ahead of schedule,” said Highway District 6 Construction Engineer John McInerney. “The Sumner Tunnel entrance no longer has toll booths, and we will be monitoring traffic conditions throughout the Monday morning commute and during the coming week as we continue to implement the specific design and management plan to reconstruct the roadway for future usage.”

Beginning on Friday, May 5, at 9 p.m., the entrance to the Sumner Tunnel was closed to traffic as the demolition of eight toll booth structures and the plaza canopy began. Route 1A detours were put in place.  Since that time, toll plaza infrastructure has been removed with heavy equipment which also demolished the concrete slabs at the toll plaza and began to rebuild the roadway to guide vehicles during this phase of reconstruction. Work-related logistical activities at the Sumner Tunnel began last month, including the deployment of jersey barriers, the marking of utilities and installation of temporary signage.

Future operations for this project include removing roadway materials, milling and paving, and preparing the roadway for permanent after-plaza demolition traffic usage. All phases of construction work at this location 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 the Sumner Tunnel Toll Demolition and Road Reconstruction project, two lanes of travel will be maintained and a temporary traffic signal will control local street access into the 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-ZPassMA  transponder free of charge in order to pay a discounted All Electronic Tolling rate at www.ezdrivema.com.
Check more information regarding the toll demolition and road reconstruction project.

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