Metropolitan Transportation Authority Press Release
December 01, 2016
Queens Midtown Tunnel Ongoing Superstorm Sandy Repairs: One Tube Closed Every Weekend
Ongoing weeknight and weekend tube closures at the Queens Midtown Tunnel, where Sandy Restoration continues on an accelerated schedule. Signage and New York Police Department Traffic Enforcement Agents will help direct motorists, who should plan accordingly for additional travel time, or consider using an alternate route. The MTA appreciates your patience as we proceed with this critical work.
One lane open in each direction in other tube.
One tube of the Queens Midtown Tunnel will continue to 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 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 9pm, 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.
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.
State of New York
New York, NY 10004