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By adamg - 2/23/23 - 9:55 pm

MassDOT announced today that it's replacing its plans to shut the Sumner Tunnel between May and September this year with plans to shut it between July 5 and Aug. 31, as it works to renovate the 88-year-old tunnel. Read more.

By adamg - 2/2/23 - 10:24 pm

The normal weekend shutdown of the Sumner Tunnel for repairs has been called off for this weekend because of the extreme cold.

By adamg - 1/26/23 - 3:32 pm

MassDOT says people living and working near the entrance to the Sumner Tunnel in East Boston can expect "vibration and noise" this weekend as workers demolish the current tunnel ceiling as part of the ongoing tunnel repair project.

By adamg - 11/25/22 - 9:42 pm

WCVB reports the Sumner Tunnel was shut around 4:20 p.m. after the Canadian driver of an 18-wheeler learned too late his truck was too big to get through the tunnel.

Video from inside of the tunnel showed some ride share passengers walking, in some cases with luggage, out of the tunnel.

By adamg - 9/1/22 - 10:14 am

Labor Day and all that, MassDOT announced this morning.

The regular weekend shutdowns resume next weekend, they report.

By adamg - 6/24/22 - 1:43 pm

MassDOT announced this afternoon that planned construction work in the Sumner Tunnel this weekend has been called off "to minimize any additional travel impacts created by the suspension of regular MBTA Orange and Green Line service in the area of Haymarket Station. "

Don't worry, MassDOT says: "While the Sumner Tunnel is in need of repairs, it remains safe for traffic to use."

By adamg - 6/17/22 - 8:48 pm

MassDOT reports it's keeping the Sumner Tunnel open this weekend for Juneteenth traffic, rather than shutting it for repairs.

By adamg - 6/9/22 - 11:18 am

Time to check out the Ted.

WBZ reports on East Boston businesses that will be hit hard by the weekend closures, which will start at 11 p.m. on Fridays and end at 5 a.m. on Mondays.

By adamg - 11/21/21 - 1:18 pm

State Police report a Northampton man, 24, died in a single-vehicle crash on the ramp from the Sumner Tunnel to Storrow Drive around 3:20 a.m.

His two passengers, 22 and 18, were taken to nearby Massachusetts General Hospital with serious injuries, State Police say. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

By adamg - 8/13/21 - 8:46 pm
Sumner storrowing

Kevin the roving UHub photographer was forced to stop roving due to an 18-wheeler that ground to a halt after entering the Sumner Tunnel this evening. State Police reported one lane was shut around 6:30 p.m., but that the truck was removed and the lane re-opened shortly before 9 p.m.

By adamg - 7/24/19 - 12:13 pm
Stuck truck in Sumner Tunnel

Danielle Johns had no choice but to gaze upon this stuck truck in the Sumner Tunnel shortly before noon:

Heading from airport into Boston so might want to find another route. Traffic waaay backed up.

By adamg - 11/26/18 - 1:07 pm
Saratoga Street this morning

Saratoga Street, just past Brooks, this morning. From this 311 complaint.

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. Read more.

By adamg - 1/19/18 - 1:27 pm

Craig Lawlor, 25, of Brighton, faces a potential 20-year prison sentence after a Suffolk Superior Court judge found him guilty today for drunkenly plowing into Jersey barriers in the Sumner Tunnel, killing a passenger in his Ram pickup, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By adamg - 8/30/17 - 11:56 pm

State transportation officials tonight detailed their latest plans to ease the traffic woes that have beset East Boston since the Sumner Tunnel toll plaza came down in May and was replaced by a new configuration of roadways, but skeptical residents were having none of it. Read more.

By adamg - 7/1/17 - 9:51 am

Shortly after 9 a.m., Ellie reports.

By adamg - 5/23/17 - 6:13 pm

State Rep. Adrian Madaro (D-East Boston) is pissed off at the way his neighborhood's roads have become gridlocked after MassDOT removed the Sumner Tunnel toll plaza and modified the approaches to it a couple weeks ago.

In a letter to state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, he writes that rather than the "safer, smoother and more efficient commute" promised by MassDOT: Read more.

By adamg - 5/6/17 - 9:07 am
Taking down the Sumner Tunnel tolls in East Boston

MassDOT shows us some heavy equipment making a nice snack of the old Sumner Tunnel toll booths, which became obsolete when the state turned on its next-gen E-Z Pass scanner system.

By adamg - 8/26/16 - 8:46 am

State Police report a pickup that went out of control around 3:10 a.m. on the ramp from the Sumner Tunnel to I-93 north crashed, killing one man and sending two other men to the hospital.

State Police say they are still investigating why the vehicle went out of control.

By adamg - 6/24/14 - 7:49 pm

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. , on the airport side. State Police reports the fire was quickly put out and there were no injuries. The tunnel was re-opened around 7:40 p.m.

Matt Karolian has some traffic photos.

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