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Queens Midtown Tunnel Crosstown Exit Lanes to Close for 2 Months

By Noah Hurowitz | July 12, 2016 12:24pm

MURRAY HILL — Drivers should brace for delays starting on Friday night with the closure of two crosstown lanes exiting the Queens Midtown Tunnel, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The two lanes will close for about two months starting on Friday as the MTA gears up for the second phase of the rehabilitation of the tunnel’s exit roadway, according to a statement from the agency.

Drivers who need to get across Manhattan will be able to use two newly resurfaced uptown lanes, and the downtown lanes will remain open as well, according to the MTA.

Work on the tunnel includes asphalt replacement, rehabilitation of pavement joints, and repairs to concrete, with demolition set to take place behind barriers during the daytime, according to the MTA.

Work on the first phase of the reconstruction of the tunnel, which was crumbling due to age and damage from Hurricane Sandy, began on the uptown lanes in April.

The final stage of the exit plaza’s reconstruction will involve rehabbing the two downtown lanes, which will take place after work on the crosstown lanes is complete, the agency said.