Sumner Tunnel closed this weekend as part of restoration project, construction to be extra noisy

The Sumner Tunnel will be closed this weekend as part MassDOTs Sumner Tunnel restoration project, and construction is expected to be extra noisy.

This weekends work will focus primarily on ceiling demolition in the tunnel’s East Boston side.

“Given the tunnel ceiling’s proximity to homes and businesses, it is expected that ceiling demolition will create vibration and noise in the immediate area,” MassDOT said in a release.

Demolition is expected to start around 7 a.m. on Saturday. Once the work begins, all hours of the closure will be dedicated to demolition work.

“While this work is expected to generate noise and vibration, the project’s contract requires continuous monitoring of both to ensure abutters are not unduly burdened by the impacts; the project also includes provisions to halt work if impacts exceed established levels of disruption,” MassDOT said.

The work on the Sumner Tunnel is being done in Phases. This weekend is still part of phase 1 and includes one of the 36 weekend closures.

Phase 2 includes full closure on the tunnel from May 2023 to September 2023. During this time, traffic will be diverted through other signed detour routes.

Phase 3 is 12 additional weekend closures from Fall 2023 to Winter 2023.

For more information on the restoration project, closures and detours, visit the link here.

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