November 16, 2012
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Both Tubes of Hugh L. Carey Tunnel Will Be Open to Traffic in Both Directions Starting Monday

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that both tubes of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, formerly known as the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, will reopen to traffic in both directions around the clock beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19.

Trucks are still barred from using the tunnel until further notice.

One tube was reopened to buses on Nov. 12 and cars on Nov. 13. Use of that tube was limited to peak morning and afternoon drive times.

"While some off-peak closures may be necessary to continue making repairs, the good news is that this critical link between Brooklyn, Staten Island and lower Manhattan will once again be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,? Governor Cuomo said.

The Carey Tunnel was flooded with corrosive, debris-laden seawater in each of its two tubes, causing wide-ranging damage to the tunnels electrical, lighting, communications, surveillance and ventilation systems. The Carey Tunnel is the longest vehicular under-river crossing in North America, and water flooded more than a mile of its 9,000-foot length.

Having the Carey Tunnel back in operation 24/7 is yet another step in restoring a sense of normalcy to the region and to the tens of thousands of commuters who use the tunnel daily,? said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota.