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Hugh L. Carey Tunnel Returning To Normal Operations Monday

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - For the first time since before superstorm Sandy filled it end-to-end, the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel will be returning to normal operations.

The tunnel, formerly called the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, will resume normal operations starting with the morning rush this coming Monday, December 10.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Friday afternoon.

This includes contraflow traffic (three lanes into Manhattan from Brooklyn) from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and bi-directional truck traffic.

Contraflow operations could not immediately resume because the computer circuit board that controls the overhead traffic signals inside the tunnel was destroyed. It took several weeks for the necessary replacement parts to be delivered and the repairs made.

"This announcement is yet another step toward normalcy after this devastating storm, and this extra lane will provide more relief for Manhattan bound commuters during the morning rush hour during this busy holiday season," Cuomo said.

The tunnel carries approximately 400 New York City Transit and MTA Bus vehicles each weekday, and those carry approximately 40,000 commuters.

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