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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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Built to Last Forever

Built to Last Forever

(p.211) 13 Built to Last Forever
Highway under the Hudson

Robert W. Jackson

NYU Press

This chapter reviews the various successes of the Holland Tunnel. It argues that despite being over three years behind schedule and more than $20 million over budget, the tunnel achieved its primary purpose: providing an all-weather alternative to the railroad-dominated ferry and barge/lighter/car-float systems for bringing motor vehicles and freight into New York City; and it did so without completely destroying those systems. Perhaps the tunnel's most lasting legacy is its financial success, which enabled the Port Authority to reshape the physical and economic environment of the Port of New York. The chapter also acknowledges the people who brought the Holland Tunnel into being and describes the numerous changes made to the tunnel since the 1950s.

Keywords:   Holland Tunnel, vehicular tunnels, New York, New Jersey, Port Authority, Port of New York

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