Storrow Drive Interchange/Tunnels

Boston, MA

Client

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Awards

2004 Design Award, Boston Society of Architects
1993 Ernest A. Herzog Award for a Technical Paper, Boston Society of Civil Engineers and American Society of Civil Engineers
1993 Award of Excellence in Repair of Municipal Structures, Interanational Concrete Repair Institute
Storrow Drive Interchange Tunnels Boston
Storrow Drive Interchange Tunnels Boston
Storrow Drive Interchange Tunnels Boston

Storrow Drive, a parkway along the Charles River in Boston, carries more than 100,000 vehicles per day. The tunnels provide access to city streets, and are constructed of reinforced concrete sections with concrete-slab roofs that are supported by wide flange steel beams spanning the roadway. Upon discovery of severe cracking of the overhead roof slab and corrosion of the supporting steel beams, the client needed a detailed condition survey, structural review, and design of emergency and permanent repairs.  SGH and our team of subconsultants designed long-term structural modifications to address deficiencies in the tunnel roofs, which carry traffic, and in the walls and invert slabs; designed improvements in lighting and landscaping; addressed traffic-disruption mitigation during reconstruction; and designed temporary roads for traffic diversion.  We also performed load tests, long-term instrumented monitoring, and bridge ratings of the tunnel roofs.