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Callahan Tunnel Closure Starts December 27

By December 3, 2013

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This photo shows the entrance to Boston's Callahan TunnelIt's been a big week for transportation news here in Boston. If you're planning to fly back to Boston after the holidays--or travel to and from Logan Airport or East Boston in early 2014, don't plan on using the Callahan Tunnel. As of December 27, the Callahan will be closed until March 12.

In preparation for this major airport route being closed, transportation officials have opened East Boston's Martin A. Coughlin Bypass Road as a detour for all vehicles. The road will remain open to all traffic until the tunnel's construction is complete.

The Coughlin Bypass Road, previously accessible only by commercial vehicles (such as T buses, taxis, and airport personnel shuttles), is a two-lane road that picks up on Chelsea Street in Eastie and runs southwest, parallel to the stretch of Route 1A up to Bremen Street. It ends at Lovell and Frankfort streets at its southernmost point, an intersection where one can then easily navigate to the airport.

While all closures are inconvenient, this one will provide much-needed, long-overdue repair: This first phase of rehabilitation on the 52-year-old structure will work to tear down the tunnel's existing deck and replace it with new construction. The tunnel's interconnected curbs and all wall panels will also be replaced during this three-month period. For additional construction news and updates, check the MassDot Callahan Tunnel Rehabilitation Project website.

Logan Airport will still be accessible via public transportation, Logan Express, water taxi, and the Ted Williams Tunnel. However, given the current change to this major access route, give yourself plenty of extra time to get to and from the airport from late December through March. I expect the alternate routes will get pretty congested as travelers adjust to not having the Callahan open.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming Callahan closure? Do you have any alternate route or public transportation tips? Share your expertise by leaving a comment below!

Photo courtesy Colin Urbina via Flickr Creative Commons

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