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Ted Williams Tunnel

By adamg - 5/25/24 - 10:11 am
Car on fire inside the Ted Williams Tunnel

Around 9:30 a.m., a car erupted into flames inside the eastbound Ted Williams Tunnel in South Boston, less than a day after a two-alarm, three-car conflagration in the tunnel leading from the northbound Tip O'Neill Tunnel to the Ted Williams. Read more.

By adamg - 5/24/24 - 11:04 pm
Remains of the three cars in the tunnel

The remains of the three cars, photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a three-car crash on the ramp from the northbound Tip O'Neill Tunnel to the Ted Williams Tunnel caused a two-alarm fire that sent three of the six people in the ruined cars to the hospital and filled the tunnel with smoke, around 4 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 7/15/23 - 1:18 pm

The Ted Williams Tunnel was closed for a bit on Thursday morning so crews carrying human kidneys could get them to hospitals more quickly for transplants. One of the donors, Megan Morant, apologized as her kidney was rushed to Logan Airport: Read more.

By adamg - 8/23/19 - 9:50 am

MassDOT said today it will experiment next week with letting Silver Line buses use a ramp from the South Boston Haul Road to I-90 that, if nothing bad happens, could lead to shorter rush-hour rides between downtown and Logan Airport and Chelsea on Silver Line bus routes. Read more.

By adamg - 8/17/19 - 9:56 pm

The Globe reports that the investigation into the overtime scandal began when a Harvard-trained Asian-American doctor fluent in four languages was stopped in the tunnel by a trooper she says kept screaming at her, demanding to know if she spoke English and that bothered her enough to file a complaint.

By adamg - 11/10/17 - 7:12 pm

Massive delays and severe delays on the Silver Line.

The remains of the SUV.

By adamg - 9/3/17 - 9:54 pm

The Animal Rescue League of Boston reports that with the help of state troopers, it rescued a cat that somehow wound up inside the Ted Williams Tunnel. Read more.

By adamg - 8/28/17 - 2:26 pm
Firefighters work on burning trash truck

Boston firefighters use saw to cut open truck. Photo by BFD.

A trash truck burst into flames in the Ted Williams Tunnel around 12:50 p.m., shutting the tunnel and sending a plume of black smoke high into the air by way of the tunnel exhaust-vent building across from the South Boston convention center. Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/16 - 1:41 am


Two people who had just arrived from El Paso, TX died early this morning when a Swampscott man rear-ended their Hampton Inn van on Rte. 1A just outside Logan Airport, State Police report. Read more.

By adamg - 6/27/16 - 9:50 am

UPDATE: Bail set at $25,000.

A Boston man faces OUI and other charges while the MassDOT worker he allegedly hit early this morning remains in the hospital with serious injuries, State Police report. Read more.

By adamg - 4/21/15 - 10:52 am
Man under arrest in tunnel caper in Boston

Kelly led away after tunnel caper. Photo by Mass. State Police.

State Police report arresting a Somerville man for trespassing last night - after first rescuing him from the storm drain next to a ramp to the Ted Williams Tunnel.

While checking the area, Trooper Eric Chin observed a hand waiving from an upper vent on the tunnel wall. Lieutenant David Wilson and Trooper Chin located the man in a vent shaft, approximately 15 feet up, sitting on a pipe attached to the wall.

By adamg - 1/9/14 - 11:33 am

WCVB reports that Mohegan Sun wants casino-only lanes in the Ted Williams for its Suffolk Downs casino.

By adamg - 2/20/13 - 1:11 pm

MassDOT alerts us that, once again, you'd best avoid Leverett Circle during the evening rush due to those still uncompleted repairs.

Separately, the state says it's shutting the westbound side of the Ted Williams Tunnel between 11:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. for some maintenance.

By adamg - 12/10/12 - 6:36 am

The Herald reports Gov. Patrick is looking at replacing toll takers with electronic systems.

By adamg - 4/8/11 - 6:39 am

EMTs get injured worker to ambulance. Photo by BFD.EMTs get injured worker to ambulance. Photo by BFD.

Boston firefighters spent two hours early this morning getting a state transportation worker out of a shaft connected to the Ted Williams Tunnel.

According to the Boston Fire Department, the worker plunged 20 feet down a shaft into a pool of sludge around 1 a.m.

Using ropes and pulleys, firefighters lifted the worker out after about 2 hours in the hole. He was washed down as part of a decon.

The worker was taken to Mass. General. The department says the firefighters who rescued him were not the same ones who rescued an MBTA worker at the bottom of a shaft last week.

The shaftThe shaft. Photo by BFD.

By adamg - 7/6/09 - 3:11 pm

$15 billion and what do you get? A tunnel that's already too small for some trucks, that's what. The Globe reports the driver of a bigger than big rig smashed into an overhead sign in the Ted Williams Tunnel, then just kept going, at least, until some staties caught up with him on the Expressway in Dorchester.

By adamg - 11/15/08 - 9:52 am

The Outraged Liberal considers a possible real motive behind the humongous toll increases approved by the turnpike authority yesterday: Put pressure on the legislature to increase the gas tax.

He notes the tolls don't take effect until February or March, and not until after a public hearing (where will they hold that? Gillette Stadium?).

... Presumably, that would be enough time for Deval Patrick and legislators to get off their, um, sidelines, and approve a comprehensive plan to tackle the transportation nightmare (hey, throw in the disaster known as the MBTA while you are at it.) ...

Dan Kennedy on the turnpike authority: What, are they insane?

Jay Fitzgerald predicts we'll wind up with a toll increase, a gas-tax hike and the transfer of turnpike "hacks" to a new state authority. He uses a classic cartoon to illustrate how he feels this morning.

By adamg - 11/14/08 - 1:28 pm

The Globe reports on toll increases approved by the turnpike authority today for the Weston and Allston/Brighton tolls and the harbor tunnels, starting in February or March. Most notable: Tolls at the Sumner and Ted Williams tunnels will increase from $3.50 to $7 - although FastLane users will get to pay just $6.

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