Sandy-Damaged Subway Tunnel to Temporarily Close for Repairs: Officials

The Montague tube, which carries the R train connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, will likely be closed for over a year beginning this summer, officials said

By Andrew Siff
|  Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013  |  Updated 9:11 AM EDT
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Sandy-Damaged Subway Tunnel to Close for Repair: MTA

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A busy subway tunnel that continues to struggle from the damage left by Sandy's floodwaters will be shut down for at least a year beginning this summer so that MTA can make repairs, officials confirm to NBC 4 New York. 

Work on the Montague tube, which connects Brooklyn and Manhattan under the East River, will likely begin in August and is expected to last 12 to 14 months, officials said.

The tube carries the R train, which takes tens of thousands of riders to Manhattan from southern Brooklyn. 

An MTA official told the Wall Street Journal that lingering corrosion from the floodwaters is damaging equipment and wires, frequently causing system failures.

It will cost at least $100 million to replace the damaged parts in the Montague tunnel, the Wall Street Journal reported. 

More details are expected to be released at an MTA board meeting Wednesday.

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