Public Hearing Notice

Public Hearing Notice Boston - Sumner Tunnel Reconstruction virtual design public hearing, May 19, 2021

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Overview of Boston - Sumner Tunnel Reconstruction virtual design public hearing, May 19, 2021

A Live Virtual Design Public Hearing will be held to present the design for the proposed Sumner Tunnel Rehabilitation project in Boston, MA.


The purpose of this hearing webinar is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Sumner Tunnel Rehabilitation project. All views and comments submitted in response to the webinar will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible


The proposed project consists of resurfacing the tunnel roadway including pavement and lane markings; rehabilitating the overhead arch and ceiling, including deteriorating suspended ceiling supports; restoring the historic portal facades and addressing the functional system deficiencies of the Sumner Tunnel in an accelerated manner to minimize the overall duration of impacts to the travelling public and surrounding communities. Once the project has been complete, the Sumner Tunnel will meet modern fire and life safety codes with fireproofing, fire standpipe, fire alarm and CCTV upgrades. The tunnel will feature new LED lighting and security systems; new utility conduits and cables under the roadway deck which will improve cell phone, GPS, and radio service inside the tunnel.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT's policy concerning land acquisitions will be presented in the webinar. Right-of-way plans can be made available to affected property owners upon request.

Project inquiries, written statements and other exhibits regarding the proposed undertaking may be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, via e-mail to or via US Mail to Suite 6340, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Major Projects, Project File No. 606476. Statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be emailed or postmarked no later than ten (10) business days after the hearing is posted to the MassDOT website listed below.

This hearing is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (e.g. interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, live captioning, videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT's Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857-368-8580), TTD/TTY at (857) 266-0603, fax (857) 368-0602 or by email ( Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten business days before the hearing.

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Passcode: 321308

Webinar ID: 880 0481 6749

Dial in option:888 788 0099

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