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Construction to shut down two exit lanes in Queens-Midtown Tunnel starting Friday

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(MTA)

(MTA)

MURRAY HILL, Manhattan — Drivers from Queens into Manhattan should expect extra traffic Friday night after road construction begins on two crosstown exit lanes, the MTA said.

Delays will last for two months as the roads are resurfaced, according to the agency. The MTA will replace asphalt, rehabilitate pavement joints and repair concrete.

Drivers should expect delays and plan for longer commutes, the MTA said. Commuters who need to a get across Manhattan can use two newly-resurfaced uptown lanes. Downtown lanes in the tunnel will remain open.

The MTA also started an 18-month construction project in the tunnel in March as part of a four-year $236.5 million project to repair damage done by Hurricane Sandy. This rehabilitation project was planned to run at the same time as the Sandy restoration to lessen the impact on drivers, an MTA spokesman said.