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One of the two tubes that comprise the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel will be closed every night, and sometimes for entire weekends, until 2018 so crews can fix Hurricane Sandy damage, transit honchos announced on Tuesday.

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman stressed that traffic will run one lane in both directions throughout the closures, so motorists won’t be stranded.

“The most important thing for drivers to know is that they will always have one lane in and one lane out during these closures,” Judy Glave said.

The work is part of a $282.5 million repair job being carried out by Tully Construction Company, according to the transit agency.

The construction contract is the largest in the Authority’s history, according to agency president Jim Ferrara.

“Not only will this project restore and improve the tunnel, it will increase the level of resiliency against future weather events,” Ferrara said in a statement.

Starting on March 9 and lasting into 2018, one tube is set to close from 9:30 pm to 5:30 am, Monday through Friday, and at least one weekend each month from 9:30 pm on Friday until 5:30 am on Monday. In addition, workers are supposed to conduct maintenance on the closed tube each Sunday night from 11 pm to 5:30 am on Monday.

Glave said there is a possibility work will alternate between tubes, but the plan is to get to work on one tube, finish the repairs, then move onto the next.

The project is also supposed to beef up the tunnel’s defenses against future floods by installing drainage pumps in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and on Governors Island, and raising electrical controls.

Sixty million gallons of saltwater sloshed the tunnel during the 2012 superstorm, corroding wiring and destroying parts of the roadway and tunnel infrastructure, according to the Transportation Authority.

Restoration work is also set to include the replacement of the entire traffic control and communications, lighting, drainage pump, and fire line systems; repairs to concrete; installation of new light-emitting diode lights and emergency safety lights; replacement of tunnel wall tiles, ceiling finishes, catwalks and duct banks; rehabilitation of curbs and gutters; repaving the tunnel’s roadways; and a rehabilitation of the toll plaza on the Brooklyn side of the tunnel.

Funding for the project is coming from the $336 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency grant money for Sandy repairs at the Battery and Queens Midtown tunnels, and through the Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels’ Capital Budget Program.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

ty from pps says:
it should have bike lanes too.
March 3, 2015, 7:47 pm
Rob from Williamsburg says:
Bike lanes would make it a lot easier for cyclists to get to Governors Island.
March 4, 2015, 8:59 am
ty from pps says:
and then only charge them half the toll for going half way.
March 4, 2015, 9:10 am
Casey Jones says:
This has the potential of delaying further the renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge.
March 4, 2015, 9:19 am
ty from pps says:
The fake "ty from pps" has gone from mildly amusing to painfully predictable and annoying.
March 4, 2015, 10:05 am
ty from pps says:
The real "ty from pps" never went from mildly amusing to painfully predictable and annoying, she's always been painfully predictable and annoying.
March 4, 2015, 1:16 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I will only support the Brooklyn-Battery Park Tunnel having a bike lane if the cyclists will also be paying the toll as well.
March 4, 2015, 3:25 pm
The Duke from Flatbush says:
So much for a nice relaxing ride home on the express bus for the next 4 years.
March 4, 2015, 3:31 pm
ty from pps says:
that wasn't me.
March 4, 2015, 4:15 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
The Duke, it says it's nighttime closures. Maybe you work at night, but it probably won't affect you. Regardless, being in stop-and-go traffic with someone else driving is always more pleasant.
March 4, 2015, 4:16 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
It seems to me that if you would want to bike through the Battery Tunnel, then you should be certified a suicide risk. How else would you classify someone who wants to inhale that much CO? You would also, as a cyclist, deny yourself the pleasures of biking over one of the world's most iconic bridges.
March 5, 2015, 12:51 pm
ty from pps says:
bikes should be allowed everywhere. and where do they put the batteries in the tunnel?
March 5, 2015, 2:22 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
It's called that because it comes out around Battery Park, plus the name battery for this comes from the fact that where the park is now was once a major shipping port otherwise known as the battery.
March 6, 2015, 3:39 pm
ty from pps says:
Is that actually Tal? If so, you're getting ridiculous. If you don't know what the word means, it's not that hard to look up what battery means. It has nothing to do with "was once a major shipping port."
March 6, 2015, 8:14 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Here is the definition from Webster's dictionary.

"a group of two or more big guns used by the military"
March 6, 2015, 8:26 pm
ty from pps says:
don't ask Webster. ask me. I know.
March 7, 2015, 8:07 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I also know that Battery Park wasn't name for the number of battery assaults they had there either.
March 7, 2015, 4:06 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, you can call me whatever you want, but I will still have the last laugh no matter what. By writing to the media and attending certain events is how I get myself heard, and many will remember that. This is very common for activists, so I'm not alone here. For the record, I'm not online 24-7 unlike others here, and I don't use message boards as my personal mouthpieces compared to some here I won't name. In other words, I do have a life, because there were days I wasn't even here, so just like the WNBA, you couldn't even make the claim that my statements are being forced on you when they aren't there. Again, it's like voting in an election, because only those who vote will be heard while the non-voters will be seen as just flies on the walls. On a side note, I did get two essays of mine printed in a book known as Debacle: Failing to Rebuild the Twin Towers, which many have read as well as even being in PBS's America's Rebuild. BTW, projects and issues involving the state or federal government with their agencies, they are my business, because I am paying taxes to them as well. So that makes me a big gun by definition with kudoz to Battery Park.
March 17, 2015, 12:50 pm
joe from manhattan says:
could someone explain why all of the tile was removed and is being replaced in kind, how would salt water affect the integrity a a cement based tile, there is no rebar type enforcement behind the tile all they are doing is hammering it off, applying a scratch coat to level the surface again, then apply the same exact tile. I understand the walkway because there was rebar behind the concrete that acted as attachment but it seems to be a huge was of money to remove and replace the tile
Aug. 18, 2016, 6:06 am
joe from manhattan says:
I am hoping they have included removing the gates at the toll so as to allow the traffic to flow much better...
Aug. 18, 2016, 6:10 am

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