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the lincoln tunnel
The lincoln tunnel: The Lincoln Tunnel, which is approximately 1.5 miles long (2.4 km) under the Hudson River, connects Weehawken, New Jersey, to the west and Midtown Manhattan, New York City, to its east. Ole Singstad designed it and named it after Abraham Lincoln. It consists of three tubes with different lengths that carry two lanes each. The central tube has reversible lanes. While the northern and southern tubes carry only westbound and eastbound traffic, they are reversible.
Original plans for the Lincoln Tunnel were made in the late 1920s or early 1930s under the Midtown Hudson Tunnel. The Lincoln Tunnel’s tubes were built in stages from 1934 to 1957. The construction of the central tube was delayed by the Great Depression and began in 1934. It opened in 1937. Construction of the northern tube began in 1936. It was delayed by World War II-related material shortages and finally opened in 1945. The original Lincoln Tunnel plans called for two tubes. However, due to the high demand for the two existing tubes, a third was built to the south in 1950. Construction of the third tube began in 1954. The delay was due to disputes over tunnel approaches. It opened in 1957. The Lincoln Tunnel has seen a number of improvements over the years, including security and tolling changes.
The Lincoln Tunnel is one of the two tunnels for automobiles that were built under the Hudson River. The other is the Holland Tunnel, which runs between Jersey City, New Jersey, and Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority of New York, New Jersey, also owns the Lincoln Tunnel. It is one of six tolled crossings in New York. Each crossing only collects tolls in the New York direction. Both directions of the tunnel have an average daily traffic count of 112,995 vehicles crossing each other. The tunnel is located on New Jersey Route 495, which runs along the western side of the river. It is also part of New York State Route 495, which runs along the eastern side of the river. The New York state highway designation has not been signed and is inconsistent with official documents.