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Expanded Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel Opening Expected

November 13, 2012

By Michael Gormley, The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. - The former Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, a key New York City thoroughfare flooded by Superstorm Sandy, is being reopened to cars.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the first phase of the tunnel`s reopening.

Currently, only buses are using the tunnel - and only on one lane. One of its two tubes is now open to cars, allowing for one-way car traffic at rush hour.

The tunnel is a major automotive link in the region. It connects Brooklyn to Manhattan under the mouth of the East River. It was recently renamed the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel.

The tunnel`s other tube will be closed for perhaps several weeks as extensive repairs continue.

The tunnel was among the most damaged by Sandy and has been a nagging problem even as other tunnels and subway lines opened.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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