Turnpike Authority recently opened a section of its Big Dig underground
The I-90 connector
to the Ted Williams Tunnel and Logan Airport is now open to general
traffic, according to a statement from MassPike. With the connector
open, all restrictions on use of the Ted Williams Tunnel are lifted.
All vehicles – with the exception of trucks carrying hazardous or
overheight cargo – will be able to use the tunnel all the time,
which should result in about 25,000 fewer vehicles per day driving
on the rusty, elevated I-93 artery through the city.
The new connector
extends the MassPike from its current terminus at I-93 near South
Station and Chinatown under the rail tracks and under the Fort Point
Channel through to the Ted Williams Tunnel and into Logan Airport.
3.5-mile route to the airport is expected to save drivers as much
as 45 minutes off the current route, which involves leaving the
MassPike, merging onto I-93 northbound and then exiting in the North
End into the Sumner/Callahan Tunnel to reach Logan.
A week or so
after the I-90 connector opens, drivers headed north on I-93, the
Southeast Expressway, will be able get off the expressway at Exit
20 and take a ramp to I-90 eastbound, which will bring them directly
to the Ted Williams Tunnel.
On the return
trip from the airport or from the North Shore to I-93 southbound,
drivers coming on I-93 northbound headed to the Ted Williams Tunnel
must use the Sumner/Callahan Tunnel to reach their destinations.
The ramp system that will take traffic from the I-90 connector westbound
to I-93 southbound will not be finished until the new I-93 southbound
portion of the Central Artery Project is finished in early 2004.