MassDOT Says Sumner Tunnel Improvements are On Track

July 26, 2023
Crews currently installing over 750 arches.

Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) said recently that the restoration of Sumner Tunnel is on schedule as the restoration enters its fourth week. 

The project is being funded in part by the newly approved $15,700,000 infrastructure investment plan and is set to finish by end of August. 

Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver and other project managers brought news outlets inside the construction site on Tuesday afternoon. While on the tour, MassDOT officials pointed out the tedious process underway of installing over 750 arches. 

The installation of the arches started in the middle of the tunnel and is expanding out to both the East Boston and North End sides of the tunnel.

The project also includes work on the roadway, the walls, lighting, and making additional improvements that MassDOT says will increase safety and climate resiliency.

Boston 25 News asked if there’s any chance of the tunnel remaining closed after the estimated finish date of August 31st. 

“I’m gonna say no,” said John McInerney, District 6 Highway Director. “We’re about at 33 percent of our target which is pretty much in line.”

According to MassDOT, the project’s contract has a design life of about 50 years.


Source: Boston 25 News