Hugh L. Carey Tunnel re-opened as gas rationing is extended
The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is set to re-open today at 6 a.m. for all regular traffic except for trucks, the MTA said yesterday, and gas rationing will go on for another week.
The 1.7-mile tunnel, formerly the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, was flooded from floor to ceiling with some 43 million gallons of water during Sandy, with some equipment in the tunnel's two tubes being heavily damaged.
MTA chief Joe Lhota said re-opening the tunnel is "yet another step in restoring a sense of normalcy to the region."
Still, it's not all good news for commuters, as it could be weeks before the R train is up and running between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The line's tube under the East River was severely damaged, and it is only running between 34th Street-Herald Square and Forest Hills, and Jay Street-MetroTech and Bay Ridge-95 Street.
The city's odd-even gas rationing system was extended to this Friday, the mayor said, in order to stabilize fuel purchasing as 30% of the city's gas stations are still out of service.
"I am extending the successful odd-even system on gas and diesel fuel purchases to ensure we do not risk going back to the extreme lines we saw prior to the system being implemented," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
This article has been updated since its original publication.