QMT one tube weekend closures starting October 14, 2016 for the duration of the project
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Source: Metropolitan Transit Authority
One tube of the Queens Midtown Tunnel will be closed every weekend, starting Friday nights, from 11pm through Monday mornings at 5:30am, to accommodate ongoing Superstorm Sandy restoration work. One lane in each direction will always remain open in the other tube during periods when one tube is closed.
The full weekend tube closures will accommodate an accelerated schedule and shorten overall project duration and impact on customers and the neighboring communities. Depending on the nature of the work, either the Queens-bound or Manhattan-bound tube may be closed.
Weeknight Manhattan-bound (north) tube closures currently in effect will continue, Monday through Thursday nights, from 9:30pm, through 5:30am.
Motorists should expect heavy delays, allow extra time and or use an alternate route or Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) if possible.
This project was originally targeted for completion in Fall 2019, but the accelerated work schedule means that the expected completion is now Summer 2018.
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.