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massdot_highway_logoMassDOT has announced that beginning on Thursday morning, May 25, it will be implementing the following adjustments to the traffic pattern in the area of the entrance of the Sumner Tunnel in order to improve traffic flow as construction activities continue for the ongoing toll demolition and road reconstruction process:

  • MassDOT will be adjusting the existing work zone and traffic logistics in order to restore the traffic pattern that was in place approximately two weeks ago.
  • This will involve making the right lane on Route 1A southbound exit only.
  • The left lane on Route 1A southbound will have exclusive access to the Sumner Tunnel and the right lane will be exclusive access to local traffic, except during the peak evening travel time (3 p.m., through 8 p.m.).
  • Local access to the Sumner Tunnel from Visconti Road will remain controlled by traffic signals.
  • During the peak evening travel time (from 3 p.m., to 8 p.m.) there will be an additional left lane added on Route 1A southbound, meaning there will be two lanes through the work zone for drivers who are traveling on Route 1A into the Sumner Tunnel. Local traffic during the evening peak commute will merge into the right lane of Route 1A.
  • In order to accommodate Memorial Day weekend travelers, the additional lane will open early for the peak evening commute at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, and Friday, May 26.
  • MassDOT will also continuously monitor traffic conditions and utilize this additional lane during off-peak hours on an as-needed basis in order to mitigate delays.

Drivers will notice increased and new signage on the roadways, new pavement markings, updated traffic signal timings, and new temporary pavement and barriers that will be installed during the off-peak overnight hours on Wednesday, May 24.

These updates to the traffic pattern are the result of public feedback and detailed traffic analysis and roadway monitoring by MassDOT as it works to conduct its construction operations in ways that minimize the impact on the traveling public and local community.

Throughout the planning stages for this project, MassDOT has worked and is continuing to work closely with the local community through public meetings, coordination meetings with elected officials, business groups and leaders, and other key stakeholders. At the request of the local community, MassDOT waited to proceed with toll plaza demolition activities at this location and incorporated public feedback into the project design through all phases of construction.

MassDOT appreciates the cooperation and understanding of the traveling public as it continues the toll demolition and road reconstruction operations and work towards achieving the benefits of All Electronic Tolling including reduced congestion, less harmful environmental impacts, and increased safety.

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