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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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A Controversy Acute and Personal

A Controversy Acute and Personal

(p.85) 5 A Controversy Acute and Personal
Highway under the Hudson

Robert W. Jackson

NYU Press

This chapter describes activities conducted during the initial phase of the Holland Tunnel project. These include the engineers' design study and cost estimation; public hearings in February and March 1920; the New Jersey legislature's passage of a bill on May 11, 1920, to fund the Delaware River bridge and Hudson River tunnel; and Governor Al Smith's signing of a bill on May 25, 1920 appropriating $1 million as New York's share of initial construction funding. On the same day that Smith signed the New York bill, the commissioners approved the preparation of plans and specifications for construction of ventilation shafts. Holland and his staff thereupon busied themselves with working out design details, with the expectation that a call for bids would be made by September 1.

Keywords:   Holland Tunnel, vehicular tunnel construction, design study, public hearings, Al Smith

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