New 18-month phase of Queens Midtown Tunnel closure begins

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MANHATTAN —  For 18 months starting Monday night, the Manhattan-bound tube of the Queens Midtown Tunnel will be closed for repairs made necessary by 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, according to the MTA.

The closures will take place between 10:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, the agency said. On Fridays, the closures will last from 11 p.m. until 8 a.m. Saturday. One lane will be open in each direction in the other tube to accommodate traffic during the closure, director of tunnel operations Raymond Webb said.

It’s part of a four-year, $236.5 million project meant to repair damage done by Hurricane Sandy, including damage to electrical and communications, draining and fire standpipe systems.

When the repairs are completed, drivers will notice new LED lights and emergency way-finding safety lights, new tunnel wall tiles and ceiling finishes, curbs and catwalks, as well as repaved roadways.

Motorists who rely on the tunnel are urged to follow the signs in the area to get around the closure and give themselves extra time to get where they need to be.

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