Sumner Tunnel Set For Renovation To Help Ease Commute

EAST BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — MassDOT announced plans to renovate and restore the Sumner Tunnel starting in 2022.

The tunnel that leads from East Boston to the North End will undergo a full restoration.

MassDOT held a community meeting about the upcoming project on April 28.

"The purpose of these upcoming meetings is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the project,” MassDOT said in a statement. “All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.”

In the meantime, it is important for commuters to know that the Sumner Tunnel Centennial Project "will create significant impacts" during construction.

Steve McLaughlin, the project manager for the state Department of Transportation believes "the tunnel needs some love."

McLaughlin said during a live-streamed public hearing Tuesday, "There is a lot of work to be done."

MassDOT officials have yet to decide on a budget and are finalizing designs.

The Sumner Tunnel opened to traffic on June 30, 1934.

WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small reports:

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