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MTA Installs Floodgates On Tunnels

A view of cars driving into the outbound side of the tunnel, looking past multiple traffic signs, the large flood door is on the right.

New York, N.Y., July 5, 2018--The city's Metropolitan Transit Authority has completed the installation of four 25-ton floodgates, one for each opening of two major car tunnels that connect the island of Manhattan to the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. Both the Queens Midtown tunnel and the Hugh Carey Tunnel (above) were totally filled with storm surge, and preventing a repeat of that when the next major storm inevitably hits was a high priority. That's why the gigantic doors are designed to withstand a surge 4 feet higher than Superstorm Sandy's. Workers will be able to close the floodgates with just 30 minutes' notice. Much of the work to repair the tunnels was paid for with FEMA disaster relief funds. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey

Photo by Kenneth Wilsey - Jul 05, 2018
Last Updated: October 12, 2018