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Three Weeks After Sandy, Both Tubes Of Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel Opened

Hugh Carey Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel

CBS 2 recently got an exclusive inside look at the partially reopened Hugh Carey Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. MTA Bridges and Tunnels have done an incredible amount of repair work in a short period of time. (Photo: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Both tubes of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel are now open to traffic in both directions, three weeks after Superstorm Sandy slammed the region.

Traffic started flowing through the tunnel at 6 a.m. Monday. One of the tubes had reopened to buses on Nov. 12 and to cars on Nov. 13. Trucks are still barred from the tunnel until further notice.

“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,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Friday.

Both of the tunnel’s tubes were flooded during the storm.

If you are driving in New York City, better check your gas tank.

Gas rationing will remain in effect through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 30 percent of gas stations are still closed and with holiday travel about to kick in, gas rationing will prevent long lines at the pump.

The rationing rules mean the odd-even license plate system will continue through Friday.

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