Monday October 8, 2012

BOSTON (AP) -- Driving out of Boston at night is about to become more complicated.

State transportation officials say a section of Storrow Drive outbound is scheduled to close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights starting Monday and continuing for several months so a crumbling tunnel can be repaired.

The westbound lanes will be closed from the Hatch Shell to Clarendon Street, while one eastbound lane may also require closure for a shorter period of time.

Edward M. Lambert Jr., commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, tells The Boston Globe (http://bo.st/QZvvU3 ) he realizes the closures are inconvenient, but the project is "absolutely necessary" to ensure driver safety.

The recommended detour will take motorists across the Longfellow Bridge to Memorial Drive.

The repairs are expected to cost $3.1 million.