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For Immediate Release: 12/27/2013
CONTACT: MassDOT Press Office: 857-368-8500

Reminder: Callahan Tunnel Closes Tonight at 11pm

Detours, Enhanced MBTA Blue & Silver Line Service Established to Help Public Reach East Boston & Logan Airport thru March 12 

BOSTON – Friday, December 27, 2013 – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is issuing a final reminder that the Callahan Tunnel, which carries Route 1A from Boston to East Boston, is closing tonight at 11 p.m.  

MassDOT is urging the public to become familiar with the designated detour routes and the public transit options to reach East Boston and Logan Airport from Downtown Boston. 

On average, the Callahan Tunnel carries 30,000 vehicles per day. Three main detour routes have been established to handle that volume traveling to East Boston through the Ted Williams Tunnel/Massachusetts Turnpike Eastbound, over the Tobin Bridge, or for motorists coming from points north -- along Route 16 East to 1A South. Along Route 16, MassDOT has improved the signal timing to accommodate the additional vehicles.  In addition, commercial vehicle only restrictions have been lifted on the eastbound South Boston Bypass Haul Road and sections of the High Occupancy Vehicle only lane restrictions have been lifted to assist motorists with access to the Ted Williams Tunnel to Logan Airport, East Boston and points in the North Shore.

For more detailed information on the detour routes and printable maps, please visit: www.mass.gov/massdot/callahantunnelrehab 

The MBTA is expanding the hours of the Blue Line Bowdoin Station stop to accommodate customers on weekdays and Saturdays from 5:15 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and on Sundays from 6:15 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.  On the Blue Line, during weekday evenings, MBTA officials will add one train between 6:30 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. in order to increase the frequency of service.  On the Silver Line 1, the MBTA will add one bus weekdays between 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. to maintain service reliability with increased congestion expected in the Ted Williams Tunnel.  

Boston Logan Travelers are strongly encouraged to take Logan Express or Public Transportation to Logan International Airport. There are also Water Transportation Services to the airport from Quincy/Hull and Boston. To view these options, visit Massport's To and From Logan webpage.

The $19.3 million rehabilitation of the Callahan includes the replacement of the deck, curbing and wall panels.  McCourt Construction is the contractor for the closure scheduled from December 27, 2013 at 11 p.m. through March 12, 2014. The contractor may earn $71,500 per day for each day finished early for up to four weeks, for a total of $2 million; there is a loss of $71,500 per day for each day late beyond March 12.

In 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) was created to unify the state’s various transportation agencies. MassDOT now includes the Highway Division, the MBTA and Mass Transit, Aeronautics, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  MassDOT is committed to providing a safe and reliable transportation system to all those who travel in the Commonwealth and works to deliver excellent customer service. MassDOT has been nationally recognized for its innovative approach to transportation, including the Accelerated Bridge Program, the “Where’s My Bus and Train?” apps and “Fast 14” work.  For more information, visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot  blog: www.mass.gov/blog/transportation, or follow MassDOT on twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot and Facebook at www.facebook.com/massdotinfo.

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