BOSTON (WHDH) - State officials are asking commuters to brace themselves for another summer shutdown of the Sumner Tunnel as phase two of the state’s restoration project gets underway.

Jonathan Gulliver, State Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said the work this summer will focus on the driving deck, “which effectively acts as a bridge from one edge of the tunnel to the other”.

The work on the nearly 100-year-old tunnel started last summer and lasted almost two months.

This year, officials say it will only be closed for one month, half of what they originally expected; the tunnel will be closed from July 5 until Aug. 5. During this time, the Blue Line of the MBTA will be free going both ways.

Gulliver said there will also be weekend closures in the fall to continue the work.

“That work is still necessary,” he said. “It’ll be conducted, though, in weekend closures only, which are must less impactful than a two-month closure as initially planned.”

“Please be patient,” Transportation Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt. “We are doing this as quickly as we can.”

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