Callahan Tunnel's closure slows NH's ride to Logan
Bus lines and shuttles with regular trips to Logan have to contend with the same detour maps. In Robel's assessment, a detour around the tunnel will add 15 minutes, on average, to a trip from New Hampshire's Upper Valley to Logan. And that is not to mention the traffic congestion on the alternate routes, he said.
Massachusetts has suggested detour routes. For most motorists from New Hampshire or "points north via I-93 southbound," the recommended route is to take Exit 31 to Route 16 east, then turn onto Route 1A south and drive another 2.7 miles to Logan Airport.
Another option for Interstate 93 travelers would be to proceed south until Exit 18, then stay straight at the Massachusetts Avenue ramp and proceed to the Interstate 90 bypass road and then I-90 eastbound. Motorists would then drive another 1.8 miles to Logan Airport.
What might the temporary tunnel closure mean for New Hampshire air travelers and possibly residents considering flying out of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport instead?
J. Brian O'Neill, deputy airport director, responded via email: "Manchester-Boston Regional Airport believes the additional challenges created by the Callahan Tunnel closure this winter is an excellent opportunity to showcase the overall convenience and ease of flying MHT.
The $19.3 million rehabilitation project involves replacing the deck, curbing and wall panels. The target completion date is March 12.
Mass DOT has more information on transit options at: www.mass.gov/massdot/callahantunnelrehab
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