Holland Tunnel to NY to Close Nightly for Construction

Commuters driving through the Holland Tunnel from New Jersey to New York, in this file photo. (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz/File)

The Holland Tunnel will begin closing down nightly for repairs as of Monday night, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The project, first announced in 2018, will close parts of the tunnel for four years as the Port Authority repairs damages from Hurricane Sandy and puts in new resiliency measures to protect the New York-New Jersey connector’s portals and vents from flooding. The project will cost $364 million.

Construction will start Monday with full nighttime closures of the tunnel’s southern tube, which brings traffic from New Jersey into Manhattan. The tube will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekends, except on Saturday, until 2022.

The northern tube, which brings traffic from Manhattan to New Jersey, will close when work on the southern tube is done, around spring 2022, officials said. That closure will also last about two years and close the tube six nights a week, from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. on weekdays and 12:01 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekends.

Traffic will be diverted to the Lincoln Tunnel during the closures.