Queens-Midtown Tunnel opens to cars Friday - New York News

Queens-Midtown Tunnel opens

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The MTA reopened the Queens-Midtown Tunnel to passenger vehicles at 6 a.m. Friday.

The tunnel, which was flooded from road to ceiling during Superstorm Sandy, was already open to limited express bus service and will remain closed to trucks for now.

"The recovery of New York's transportation network continues," Cuomo said. "Pumping out this tunnel, rebuilding its systems and bringing it back for New Yorkers was an incredible accomplishment and commuters will begin to see the results tomorrow morning."

MTA crews continue to work to restore the tunnel, which suffered significant damage to mechanical, ventilation, lighting, and communications systems, so the tunnel is subject to overnight closures.

Nearly 30 million gallons of water from the Newtown Creek flooded the tunnel, according to officials.

The Queens-Midtown carries an average 78,000 vehicles each weekday. 

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