BOSTON (CBS) – The word is out. The closing of the outbound Callahan Tunnel to Logan Airport and points north at 11 p.m. on December 27 may be the biggest traffic dislocation in the history of the city.
The Callahan Tunnel carries an average of 30,000 vehicles a day. It is expected that 10,000 additional vehicles will be diverted to the Ted Williams Tunnel.
Over 50 community and business meetings have been held to get ready for the closing that is scheduled to last through March 12.
Three main alternate routes being recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation were discussed at a media briefing that took place at the South Boston DOT Operations Center in front of big screens where personnel can monitor developing traffic problems in Greater Boston.
At 10 a.m., before shoppers hit the roads, the major congestion was inbound on Rte. 93 where a six-car accident had taken place an hour earlier in the O’Neill Tunnel. Other roads were clear.
“Make no mistake, this is a significant event,” said DOT Secretary Richard Davey. Asked whether he could recall any similar shutdown with such a large traffic impact, he could not remember one.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports