Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel expected to reopen two weeks after Sandy

Battery Tunnel flooded the day after Sandy

Two government officials say the former Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, one of New York City's last major thoroughfares knocked out of service by Superstorm Sandy, will soon reopen to all traffic.

Another official says Tuesday's announcement will be the expanded opening of the tunnel for all traffic as a first phase. Currently, only buses are using the tunnel on one lane.

The commuter tunnel is a major automotive link in the region. It connects Brooklyn to Manhattan under the mouth of the East River and in tandem with the Holland Tunnel, which reopened a week ago, is a link for traffic to and from New Jersey.

The officials say Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to make the announcement Tuesday. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement was hours away.