Queens Midtown Tunnel Ongoing Closures Starting September 17
Friday, September 16, 2016
Source: MTA Bridges & Tunnels
Queens Midtown Tunnel Ongoing Superstorm Sandy Repairs
Queens-bound Tube Closed Sunday Nights: Starting September 18
Manhattan-bound Tube weekend hours extended: Starting September 17
The Queens-bound (south) tube of the Queens Midtown Tunnel will be closed Sunday nights, from 9pm through Monday mornings at 5:30am, to accommodate ongoing Superstorm Sandy restoration work.
In addition, the Manhattan-bound (north) tube will be closed Friday nights from
11pm through Sunday mornings until 8am. There may be full weekend tube closures, Friday through Monday morning, as needed.
One lane in each direction will always remain open in the other tube during periods when one tube is closed.
The most noticeable change for drivers is that one tube will be closed from Friday nights, through Saturday daytime hours, into Sunday mornings.
Weeknight Manhattan-bound (north) tube closures currently in effect will continue, Monday through Thursday nights, from 9:30pm, through 5:30am. There may be full weekend tube closures, Friday through Monday morning, as needed.
Please plan accordingly, especially if traveling westbound from Queens/Long Island into Manhattan. Motorists should allow extra time or use an alternate route if possible.
The Sunday night Queens-bound tube closures and extended weekend hours of Manhattan-bound tube closures will accommodate an accelerated schedule and shorten overall projectduration and impact on customers and the neighboring communities.
The $236.5 million project was awarded to Judlau Contracting Inc. of Queens in April 2015. The restoration and repair work includes replacing multiple systems that were damaged during Sandy in 2012, such as electrical and communications, drainage and fire standpipe. In addition to other capital improvement work, contractors are installing new LED lights and emergency way-finding safety lights; replacing tunnel wall tiles, ceiling finishes, curbs, catwalks, and duct banks, and repaving tunnel roadways.
Motorists can sign up for MTA e-mail or text alerts at www.mta.info and check the Bridges and Tunnels homepage or Facebook page for the latest information on this planned work.