The Wabash Tunnel will reopen at 6 a.m. Saturday after nine months of full and partial closures to repair damaged gates and traffic control equipment.
The reopening will provide a much-needed alternate route for drivers displaced by the 17-day outbound Liberty Tunnel closure that starts Friday night and the two-year closure of outbound West Carson Street that begins Aug. 2.
During peak periods, tunnel users must have at least two occupants in the vehicle. Also, because of a rash of late-night incidents involving intoxicated drivers, the Port Authority board has ordered it closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
The tunnel is open inbound to HOV-2 traffic from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays; inbound to all traffic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays; outbound to HOV-2 traffic from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays; and outbound to all traffic from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays.
All vehicles may use the tunnel in the outbound direction from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.
The former railroad tunnel was reopened in 2004 and provides an alternate route from near Station Square on the South Side to Route 51. It was closed to inbound traffic after a truck crashed into the gates that control the direction of traffic in late October and to all traffic in April for repairs that took much longer than originally anticipated.
The work was hampered by additional accidents and procurement delays, Port Authority officials said.
Jon Schmitz: email@example.com or 412-263-1868.