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One Lane At Hugh L. Carey Tunnel Reopens To Cars

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that one lane at the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is reopening to cars for travel in peak directions; two weeks after Superstorm Sandy flooded the tunnel with 43 million gallons of water in each tube.

The east tube of the tunnel, which normally carries Manhattan-bound traffic, will use one lane for buses and the other for cars. This travel pattern will be in effect only from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Trucks are not permitted inside the tunnel at this time.

"Bringing cars back into the Carey Tunnel is a big accomplishment for the MTA Bridges and Tunnels employees who have worked tirelessly to recover, and it's an equally big step forward for the commuters who rely on the tunnel," said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota. "Each step forward for the MTA is most importantly a step forward for its customers."

The west tube heading to Brooklyn remains closed as MTA Bridges and Tunnels continues to work on repairs. The tunnel was flooded with millions of gallons of corrosive, debris-laden seawater, causing wide-ranging damage to the tunnel's electrical, lighting, communications, surveillance and ventilation systems. The water flooded more than a mile of the tunnel's 9,000-foot length. There is no timetable for resuming traffic in the Brooklyn-bound tube.

The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is the longest vehicular under-river crossing in North America. It carries an average 49,500 vehicles each weekday.