LOWER MANHATTAN — The Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel will fully reopen to car and bus traffic on Monday, three weeks after Hurricane Sandy inundated the tunnel with 86 million gallons of saltwater.
Cars and buses will be able to use the tunnel in both directions starting at 6 a.m. Monday, for the first time since the storm, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday afternoon.
For the past few days, just one of the tunnel's two tubes was open to traffic, and it was only open during rush hour in one direction.
"While some off-peak closures may be necessary to continue making repairs, the good news is that this critical link between Brooklyn, Staten Island and lower Manhattan will once again be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Cuomo said in a statement.
Trucks are still prohibited from using the tunnel.