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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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Political and Petty Tampering

Political and Petty Tampering

(p.102) 6 Political and Petty Tampering
Highway under the Hudson

Robert W. Jackson

NYU Press

This chapter describes the negotiations between New Jersey tunnel commissioners and the Erie Railroad Company. From the beginning, the New York commissioners allowed their counterparts from New Jersey to lead these negotiations. This was deemed appropriate because any land acquired on the New Jersey side would be conveyed to the New Jersey commission and not to the “joint commission,” which had no authority to operate in the state of New Jersey. This abrogation of authority on the part of the New York commissioners, however, proved to be a mistake. The actions of the representatives appointed to the New Jersey negotiating committee soon threatened the entire project. The chapter also details the tests conducted to measure the amount of carbon monoxide that would be produced in the tunnel; the submission of bids for the project; and the groundbreaking ceremony for the New York section of the tunnel.

Keywords:   Holland Tunnel, New Jersey, negotiation committee, Erie Railroad Company, New York, vehicular tunnel

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