Every time you enter Boston from the North Shore on Route 1A, there is a challenging choice to make – whether to enter the Bean Town via the Sumner Tunnel or Ted Williams Tunnel.
There are certainly various considerations but the main one is the traffic.
The table below shows some specs to compare. The slideshow features the head-to-head snapshots of travelling via both tunnels to Boston.
Of course, most experienced drivers know this by heart.
Still, the choice between two options during the heavy traffic hours is not obvious.
What do you think?
Comparative Analysis: Sumner Tunnel and Ted Williams Tunnel
|Specs||Sumner Tunnel||Ted Williams Tunnel|
|Location||Boston, MA||Boston, MA|
|End Point||Downtown Boston||South Boston|
|Operating speed||40 mph (64 km/h)||45 mph (72 km/h)|
|Toll||$3.50 westbound only
(entering Downtown Boston)
|$3.50 westbound only
(entering South Boston)
|Length||1.07 mi (1.72 km)||1.6 mi (2.6 km)|
|Opened||6/30/1934||1995 commercial traffic
2003 general traffic