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Hugh Carey Tunnel partly reopens to motorists

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The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel (formerly Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel) flooded during Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by Patrick Cashin | MTA) The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel (formerly Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel) flooded during Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by Patrick Cashin | MTA)
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One tube of the former Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, now known as a the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, reopened to traffic Tuesday afternoon, the MTA and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

The tunnel was flooded by an estimated 43 million gallons of oily, sandy, muddy seawater when Superstorm Sandy caused record storm surge on October 29, 2012.

The MTA said the tunnel was flooded floor to ceiling with water from both the Hudson and East rivers filled the tunnel, causing severe damage to its electrical and ventilation systems.

The water flowed into the tunnel "like a river," Cuomo said, and actually reached all the way to Brooklyn, flooding streets in that borough.

One lane in the Manhattan-bound tube will be open for buses and one lane will be open for cars, the MTA said. This traffic pattern will be in effect daily from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Manhattan bound) and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Brooklyn bound).

Trucks are not allowed.

The open tube was already open to express bus service.

The west tube of the tunnel, normally used for Brooklyn-bound traffic, was more severely damaged and will remain closed for several weeks.

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