Sumner Tunnel Restoration Project
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has a comprehensive mitigation plan to address travel impacts and provide cost-effective alternative transportation options for residents and
visitors ahead of the scheduled closure of the Sumner Tunnel from Wednesday, July 5, through Thursday, August 31, 2023. The tunnel will be fully closed for approximately two months to facilitate work on the Sumner Tunnel Restoration Project.
Travelers are encouraged to Ditch the Drive and use alternative means of travel. MassDOT has created a menu of safe, efficient commute options while the tunnel is closed for repairs. Travelers can utilize
MassDOT 511 to help review traffic conditions and MBTA’s Trip Planner to plan their public transit trips.
- The Sumner Tunnel Restoration Project is a $160 million investment in the Commonwealth’s infrastructure. To achieve this work, the Sumner Tunnel will be closed from Wednesday, July 5, through Thursday, August 31, 2023.
- The Sumner Tunnel Restoration Project will offer a variety of mitigation options for individuals coming from all travel points. Mitigation options include:
- Free trips on the MBTA Blue Line
- MBTA parking lots and garages on the Blue Line will be reduced to $2/day. Additional free parking will be available near Wood Island Station.
- Free East Boston MBTA Ferry service
- Additional ferry service from Lynn, Winthrop, Salem and the Boston Seaport
- Reduced zone 1A Commuter Rail fares along the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail line and reduced $2 per day parking costs at the Salem and Swampscott commuter rail lots. Free parking will be available at all MBTA lots north of Salem.
- Discounted tolls for the Tobin Bridge and Ted Williams Tunnel for those registered in the Resident Discount Program.
- For travelers to and from Logan Airport, discounted Logan express service and additional MBTA Silver line SL1 service.