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Boston's Callahan Tunnel to close for three-month rehabilitation

Callahan Tunnel in Boston will close for three months beginning in January for a rehabilitation, MassDOT announced today.

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey, center, inspects the progress made in the work to repair the Callahan Tunnel . The tunnel is expected to remain closed through March. Credit:  NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey, center, inspects the progress made in the work to repair the Callahan Tunnel . The tunnel is expected to remain closed through March. Credit: NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO

Callahan Tunnel in Boston will close for three months beginning in January for a rehabilitation, MassDOT announced today.

The tunnel is one of three located under Boston Harbor. It carries traffic from Boston’s North End to Logan International Airport and Route 1A in East Boston.

The $34.9 million project includes rehabilitation of the 52-year old tunnel’s deck, curb line, gutters and replacement of the tunnel’s wall panels. The original deteriorated wall panels were removed in December 2012 as a safety measure due to significant corrosion to the panel wall anchor system.

“The Callahan has served motorists well since the day it opened in 1961 and was paired with the Sumner tunnel,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. “However, every aspect of the tunnel is in fair to poor condition, and the time has come to put the Callahan in shape to last another 50 years.”

The proposed work schedule includes a full tunnel closure with detours in place and posted for approximately three months beginning in January 2014, followed by an additional four to five months of work requiring overnight closures between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The complete closure of the tunnel in the early months of 2014 will reduce the overall duration of the project, provide enhanced public safety by minimizing changes to traffic flow, and better coordinate with other local projects including Tobin Bridge work, which is scheduled to end for 2013 in November and resume in spring 2014.

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