More than a year ago, state transportation planners showed off their plans to ease congestion at the entrance to the Sumner Tunnel after the toll plaza was removed, and promised residents would soon see relief.
Whatever they did, didn't work, residents say.
The problem, residents say, is that drivers heading to the Sumner back up into the neighborhood, creating impassable intersections that block even people not heading to the other side of the harbor - all made intractable by local drivers' propensity to jamming themselves into intersections they can't get through before the light changes:
.@wutrain I need help with this intersection it’s a major bus stop for kids and I am just waiting for someone to die due to @MassDOT mess at the tunnel. We need detail! No one stops at the light due to road rage. #peopleb4highways #Eastie #VisionZero @universalhub pic.twitter.com/CKa3dii0tE
— Tina StGelais Kelly (@tinastgkelly) November 26, 2018
John in Eastie is fed up:
How long is it going to take to fix the Sumner Tunnel entrance? Been over a year since the last update and it’s still a mess. Traffic today was terrible.
No one seemed to look at the traffic patterns as they are today, instead relied on what was asked for years ago. The back up on London St now creates more gridlock.
Cty Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End), feels people's pain, but acknowledges there's a limit to what she can do given that so much of the problem is based on state-owned roadways, such as the tunnel entrance - not that the neighborhood's elected state delegation has been able to get any action, either:
East Boston delegation also very frustrated, continuing to speak up about this. In addition to short-term tunnel traffic fixes, need public transit investment, tolling/fare prices that encourage people to ride MBTA instead of avoid it.