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Two NYC Tunnels Awarded Federal Funding for Sandy Repair

Two NYC Tunnels Awarded Federal Funding for Sandy Repair
The federal funds will help repair damage from the 2012 storm.

The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the Queens Midtown Tunnel have been awarded a total of $336 million in federal funding to repair damage from Superstorm Sandy.

   Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the funding is being provided in a lump sum payment through FEMA's Alternative Procedures program.

   About 60 million gallons of water flooded the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel during the October 2012 storm. The Midtown Tunnel was inundated with about 20 million gallons of water.

   The funding will allow the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to make critical repairs to the tunnels' structure and electrical and mechanical systems.

   The work will include temporary floodwalls and elevation of key mechanical equipment.

   About 46,000 vehicles use the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel daily. The Midtown Tunnel serves about 70,000 vehicles.