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Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel Partially Reopens to Commuters

By Zachary Stieber
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 13, 2012 Last Updated: November 13, 2012
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The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel is flooded after a tidal surge caused by Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012 in Manhattan, New York. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel is flooded after a tidal surge caused by Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012 in Manhattan, New York. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

NEW YORK—The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel partially reopened to commuters Tuesday.

The tunnel was flooded with 43 million gallons of water in each of its two tubes after Superstorm Sandy.

After the tunnel was drained, one lane was opened some of the day for buses on Monday. Now one lane in the tunnel will be open to Manhattan-bound cars from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and for Brooklyn-bound vehicles from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The tunnel opened at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Another lane will be open for buses only.

On an average weekday, 50,000 commuters use it, according to MTA CEO and chief Joseph Lhota, speaking in front of the tunnel via livestream.

The tunnel, also known as the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, was originally proposed as a bridge, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

But officials then, including Eleanor Roosevelt, opposed the bridge, saying it “would ruin the Manhattan skyline,” and the longest tunnel in the nation was planned, then opened in 1950.

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