The Holland Tunnel Sandy Repairs and Resiliency Improvements Project begins today (April 20).
In order to accommodate the work, overnight closures will be required over the next four years. New York-bound lanes will be closed Sundays through Fridays while New Jersey-bound lanes will remain open at all times.
The work stems from the various systems and structural elements that were damaged from the flooding of the Holland Tunnel caused by Superstorm Sandy on October 29, 2012.
“Major elements damaged include the low voltage and medium voltage cables, fire detection and alarm systems, voice communication system and fiber optic cables, and pump room equipment and controls,” Port Authority NY NJ reported.
During this first phase of work from April 20 to spring 2022, the New York-bound tube of the Holland Tunnel will be closed to traffic six overnights a week, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. On Fridays, the tube will be closed from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday. The tube will remain open to traffic on Saturday late nights and on major holidays. The second phase of repairs will begin in the New Jersey-bound tube after work is completed in the New York-bound tube.
- During the New York-bound tube repairs, motorists are advised to use alternate routes based on their origins and destinations. For motorists going to:
- Upper Manhattan or the Bronx: Use the George Washington Bridge
- Lower Manhattan or Midtown: Use the Lincoln Tunnel
- For Brooklyn or Staten Island: Use the Goethals or Bayonne bridges, or the Outerbridge Crossing