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NEW YORK (PIX11)—
Closed since it filled with water during superstorm Sandy, The Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel finally opened to general traffic Tuesday afternoon.
The tunnel, which allows an average of 49,500 cars to drive from the southern tip of Manhattan to Brooklyn, filled with more than 86 million gallons of water Oct. 29.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that one of the two tunnels will be closed for weeks while extensive damage is repaired.
The east tube will be open for Manhattan-bound traffic between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., and for Brooklyn-bound traffic from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. One lane will be open to cars, while the other will be reserved for express buses.
Rail commuters from Long Beach, an area especially hard-hit by Sandy, will be able to catch diesel powered trains on a limited schedule during the week to Lynbrook. At the Lynbrook station they can connect with NYC-bound trains.
The last train will leave Long Beach Station at 8:58 p.m. and will run hourly during peak times, and every two hours during the off-peak.
The MTA warns that trains will likely be crowded.