When it’s not busy flooding from leaks,
’s Big Dig project has been causing
traffic headaches in the downtown area at night.
The problem, according to The Boston
Globe, is that portions of the project that are closed at night for
repairs are being shut down much earlier than the times posted by the
Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.
During a four-week period in July and August, The Globe monitored closures of key ramps
and tunnels and found that of 137 ramp closures, 51 of the shutdowns occurred
earlier than scheduled.
On average, The Globe reported the shutdowns occurred about a half an hour before schedule. But in at
least one instance, an access ramp was shut down a full hour and a half before
Big Dig officials said the closures were necessary to complete urgent
work on the tunnels – including repairing numerous leaks – but couldn’t offer
an explanation as to why the closures were not happening on schedule.
The closings of the tunnel ramps are staggered, beginning at 8 p.m. The
entire tunnel system is shutdown by 1 a.m., and reopened before rush hour.
Mariellen Burns, director of communications for the Massachusetts
Turnpike Authority, told The Globe that project managers could close portions of the tunnels at their discretion
if traffic was light and the work was urgent.