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Press Release #12-72

Reopening of the Battery Park Underpass to Westbound Buses for Afternoon Rush Hour Beginning Today and Reopening to All Eastbound Vehicles Beginning Wednesday Nov. 14 During Morning Rush Hour

The New York City Department of Transportation today announced the reopening of the Battery Park Underpass, which was flooded during the recent storm, to westbound bus traffic only during afternoon rush hour, beginning today from 3 to 7 p.m. The underpass will open (one lane) tomorrow morning, November 14, at 6 a.m. to eastbound vehicles and remain open 24 hours in that direction, with the westbound direction reopening each day to buses only from 3-7 p.m. each day for the afternoon rush hour.

The underpass runs underneath Battery Park, carries traffic in two lanes in each direction, and joins the east and west sides of Manhattan by connecting the West Side Highway to the South Street Viaduct/FDR. Approximately 230 buses use the underpass to get from the Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the FDR in peak directions during both daily rush hours.

“This reopening of the Battery Park Underpass is a testament to the tireless effort of our DOT crews who defended the tunnel as the storm approached and their rapid response clearing the tunnel alongside the Army Corps of Engineers,” said New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. "Thousands of New Yorkers will now benefit thanks to their work."