What to expect following the nearly two-month Sumner Tunnel closure

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The Sumner Tunnel reopened in the early morning hours of Friday, following a nearly two-month shutdown so crews could work on restoring link that brings traffic to and from East Boston and Logan Airport.

During this shutdown, crews worked on installing new arches to raise the ceiling, adding new fireproof wallboard, installing new light fixtures and other safety measures, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Restoration work on the 88-year-old harbor tunnel is not yet completed. There are weekend closures are planned for this fall extending into next summer, with another full shut down in summer 2024. The first weekend closure is scheduled for Sept. 15, but further closure dates are still being finalized.

WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy talked with state Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver about the reopening and what drivers should expect to see following the closure.

This segment aired on September 1, 2023.


Rupa Shenoy Morning Edition Host
Rupa Shenoy hosts WBUR's Morning Edition.


Dan Guzman Executive Producer, Morning Edition
Dan Guzman is senior producer for Morning Edition at WBUR.



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