BOSTON (WHDH) - The Sumner Tunnel will be closed for 36 weekends between June and next May for a massive construction project.

The tunnel, which connects East Boston and Logan Airport to downtown Boston and I-93, will close from 11 p.m. each Friday until 5 a.m. each Monday during the construction period.

Drivers should expect delays throughout the area during construction periods. Signage and law enforcement will help guide drivers through the construction.

State Senator Lydia Edwards said that she is working with other officials to make sure to increase ferry service over the weekend and to ensure that the Blue Line will be free.

“We know that the ferry system works and that it is very popular,” said Edwards.

The construction work is part of the first phase of the Sumner Tunnel Restoration Project. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s inspections have found chipped and crumbling concrete, rusted reinforcements, broken light fixtures and other issues needing repairs. MassDOT plans to fully close the tunnel from May to September 2023.

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