Many NYC-area bridges reopened; Garden State Parkway open; 90 percent of Long Island without power
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has reopened the George Washington, Goethals and Bayonne bridges and the Outerbridge Crossing.
The entire length of the Garden State Parkway also has reopened.
A 129-mile stretch was closed in both directions from Woodbridge to the southern terminus because of flooding caused by Sandy.
Southbound lanes on the New Jersey Turnpike are closed between Exits 10 and 14.
The turnpike remains closed between Exits 14 and 14C. Additionally, the southbound ramp at Exit 15W to I-280 is closed due to a washout.
The Lincoln Tunnel is open. The Holland Tunnel is closed under further notice.
All Delaware River Port Authority toll crossings reopened to traffic Tuesday.
The Atlantic City Expressway is closed east of Exit 5.
New York City’s East River bridges have reopened.
The Department of Transportation says the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and the Ed Koch-Queensboro bridges reopened to all vehicles on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, MTA bridges reopened to emergency personnel only.
The MTA bridges include: Robert F. Kennedy Bridge; ?Throgs Neck Bridge; ?Bronx-Whitestone Bridge; ?Verrazano-Narrows Bridge; ?Henry Hudson Bridge; ?Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge; ?Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge.
A decision to reopen the MTA bridges to the public was being assessed.
Long Island hit hard
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 90 percent of Long Island utility customers are without electricity after Sandy ravaged the New York City metropolitan area.
He also says hundreds of lives were saved by New York City police, state police, National Guard soldiers and other first responders.
Cuomo says the rebuilding process must include far greater protections against what he said has become more common extreme weather.
He says no weather pattern can shock him now.
He says Wall Street may open Wednesday, along with John F. Kennedy International Airport. LaGuardia Airport will remain closed because of extensive damage.
Buses will resume a limited Sunday schedule at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Cuomo was speaking with President Barack Obama Tuesday morning about emergency funding and other help with recovery work.
Upstate firefighters headed to NYC
Firefighters in Adirondack towns relatively untouched by Sandy are getting ready to head downstate to help pump out basements, fight fires and direct traffic in the storm-ravaged New York City region.
Franklin County Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost tells the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that the governor’s office is asking firefighters in northern parts of the state to come to southern New York to assist with storm recovery.
Franklin County sent a technical rescue crew to help on Long Island on Sunday. The crew is trained to help with a variety of different kind of rescues like high angle, confined space, rope and water.