You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Callahan Tunnel to reopen Monday morning

Work continued on the Callahan Tunnel project.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

Work continued on the Callahan Tunnel project.

At last, the chaos is over.

About 2½ months after it was closed for repairs, the Callahan Tunnel is scheduled to reopen for the Monday morning commute, two days ahead of schedule.

Continue reading below

At a press conference Friday, Frank DePaola, administrator of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s highway division, said that the work was proceeding quicker than state officials had anticipated and that the tunnel underneath Boston Harbor would be ready before the March 12 deadline.

An overhaul of the tunnel deck and the concrete curbs lining the tunnel walls began Dec. 27 and cost $25 million. Last year, transportation officials decided they needed to bump up plans to renovate the tunnel, which opened in 1961, after they realized the roadway had begun to deteriorate. Last April, a broken manhole cover delayed travel and was blamed on crumbling pavement.

Early completion of the project is a success for the department, which has increasingly opted for a rip-off-the-Band-Aid approach when it comes to major infrastructure projects, completely closing bridges and roadways to finish more quickly and cheaply.

Continue reading it below

By reopening the tunnel two days early, the contractor, McCourt Construction, will receive a $143,000 bonus: $71,500
for each day, a stipulation of the contract. If the project had run behind schedule, the company would have had to pay a penalty
for each day past the missed deadline.

To finish the Callahan ahead of schedule, the project was staffed around the clock. Still, there are more closures to come: In coming months, there will be some overnight closures and weekend lane restrictions so workers can install new wall panels.

Martine Powers can be reached at martine.powers@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @martinepowers.
Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.