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Highway under the HudsonA History of the Holland Tunnel$
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Robert W. Jackson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814742990

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814742990.001.0001

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The Wedding Ring

The Wedding Ring

(p.63) 4 The Wedding Ring
Highway under the Hudson

Robert W. Jackson

NYU Press

This chapter describes events leading up to the signing of the contract to build the Holland Tunnel. These include the appointment of the tunnel board of consulting engineers, the selection of engineering staff, and signing of the contract between New York and New Jersey that would govern their agreement to build the tunnel. The commissioners signed the contract on September 23, 1919. The “wedding ring” (the agreement for bistate cooperation in construction of a vehicular tunnel) that New York Governor Al Smith, New Jersey Governor Walter E. Edge, and legislative leaders from both states had figuratively slipped on their collective fingers nine months before was, at last, backed by a legal union. The greatest political barrier to progress toward construction of a vehicular tunnel, that of interstate rivalry and mistrust, had, at least for the time being, been overcome.

Keywords:   Holland Tunnel, New York, New Jersey, tunnel construction, funding, Al Smith, Walter E. Edge, vehicular tunnel

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