On July 20th, Governor Cuomo announced the completion of Superstorm Sandy restoration work at Hugh L. Carey and Queens Midtown Tunnels. Thanks to the professionalism and expertise of GCA members the projects were completed more than nine months ahead of schedule!
The two restoration projects completely overhauled the interiors and exteriors of both tunnels – which were severely damaged by salt water from the storm surge – to improve resiliency, maximize public safety and ease traffic flow. Long-term mitigation measures include installation of massive 50,000-pound steel flood fates at all tunnel portals against a FEMA 500-year flood event – four feet higher than the Sandy historic storm surge – as well as refurbished entryways.
The projects also included several critical public safety enhancements, such as the installation of situational awareness and security cameras at each tunnel entrance and fixed cameras for traffic monitoring and incident management.