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QMT Will Have Three Lanes Into Manhattan For Morning Peak

Contraflow traffic lanes at the Queens Midtown Tunnel will begin Monday morning Nov. 26th, allowing three lanes of traffic into the city during the peak morning drive time beginning at 6 a.m.

The traffic pattern is being restored after repairs to the signal control system that operates the overhead lights inside the tunnel were completed. Following the storm, the system could keep the lights either green or red but could not be switched to operate both in the same tube, which is necessary when two-way traffic operation is in effect.

"With this change, the Queens Midtown Tunnel has been fully restored to pre-Sandy service," Governor Cuomo said.

The contraflow traffic pattern is normally used between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. to allow the most traffic to travel through the tunnel, which is a main corridor connecting Manhattan to Queens and Long Island via the Long Island Expressway. It will open an hour earlier on Monday, beginning at 6 a.m. instead of 7 a.m.

The tunnel was flooded with water from nearby Newtown Creek on Oct. 29 when Sandy struck. To see photos visit MTA's Flickr site.

The Queens Midtown Tunnel reopened in increments beginning with buses on Nov. 6th and cars on Nov. 9th. It was fully reopened to include trucks by Nov. 16th.

Work continues on the overhead signal control system at the Hugh L. Carey (formerlyBrooklyn- Battery) Tunnel, which was hit even harder by Sandy. The Carey Tunnel reopened to all traffic except trucks 24/7 on Nov. 19th.