NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A subway tunnel that was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy will be closed for long-term repairs beginning in the summer.
Salt from storm surges heavily damaged electronic components in the Montague tube under the East River and is still causing corrosion.READ MORE: Gov. Lamont Lifts Most COVID Capacity Limits In Connecticut, But Maintains Mask Mandate
The closure will affect the R train, which carries tens of thousands of riders between Manhattan and southern Brooklyn, meaning no service between Jay Street-MetroTech and Whitehall-South Ferry, meaning more crowding on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, B, D, F, N and Q trains, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported.
The work will likely begin in August and is expected to last 12 to 14 months, transit officials said.
“It’s very close to almost building a tunnel from scratch,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chair Appointee Tom Prendergast told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane on Wednesday.