NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Holland Tunnel is back in business.

It reopened to all traffic at 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

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“This is a godsend for me,” one commuter said. “It’s a blessing. You don’t know what you have until you miss it.”

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

The tunnel had been closed to regular traffic since before Superstorm Sandy struck last week. Crews had been working over the past week to pump water out of the tunnel which was flooded by storm surge during Sandy.

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Drivers are hoping they will save time, money and gas now that the tunnel is open, 1010 WINS’ John Montone reported. With the tunnel closed, many had to use the Lincoln Tunnel or George Washington Bridge.

One commuter said it took her more than two hours to get through the Lincoln Tunnel during Tuesday’s evening rush hour.

“Let’s hope the opening of the Holland Tunnel eases tonight’s commute,” Jean-Yves Ghazi wrote on the 1010 WINS Facebook page.

The Port Authority had reopened one lane of the north tube earlier this week to buses.

Wednesday marks the first day the tunnel will be fully operational since Hurricane Sandy hit the Tri-State Area.

An estimated 91,000 vehicles use the Holland Tunnel which connects Canal Street in Manhattan with Jersey City, N.J.


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