E, M trains rerouted as MTA works on 53rd Street tunnel

LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens (WABC) -- The MTA has closed the East River's 53rd Street tunnel, causing service disruptions on the E and M lines.

Officials said the maintenance work is taking place during the holiday week, as fewer people are commuting.

The tunnel will be closed until New Year's Eve as workers continue to upgrade signaling.

This type of track maintenance usually takes place on the weekends, officials said.

The E train will run along F line through West 4th Street, and the M train will stop in Manhattan. Commuters will need to take the E, F or R train in order to get to Queens.

Commuters heading to airports should not be affected, and trains that connect commuters to LaGuardia and Kennedy airports will continue to run.

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