Superstorm Sandy: Fix&Fortify Efforts Continue
MTA Bridges and Tunnels continues work to repair
and strengthen vital New York City vehicular links
Work is continuing to fix and fortify MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ facilities damaged by Sandy. The October 2012 superstorm caused major flooding at several B&T sites throughout New York City. While service was restored as quickly as possible, it was clear that permanent repairs and protective measures would require long-term efforts and financial investment.
Tens of millions of gallons of corrosive salt water surged into the Hugh L. Carey (formerly Brooklyn-Battery) and Queens Midtown tunnels. Wind and water damage affected our two Rockaway crossings, the Marine Parkway and Cross Bay bridges. The towers of the Verrazano-Narrows and Throgs Neck bridges sustained damage to navigational lighting systems and other structures due to wind forces and the storm surge.
Three years on, we are still making progress:
MTA has already received more than $90 million from FEMA under various grants for emergency measures, repairs and mitigation of tunnel and bridge facilities, including an agreement that will provide $403 million for repairs to the two vehicular tunnels and mitigation measures to prevent damage from future flood events. Additional funds for repair and mitigation work will be provided through the MTA’s Capital Program.
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