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Title Lincoln Tunnel. A New 4 Minute Crossing. Issued by Port of N.Y. Authority, late 1937.
Object Name Brochure
Catalog Number 2011.005.0195
Collection Lincoln Tunnel Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a friend of the Museum.
Scope & Content Lincoln Tunnel. A New 4 Minute Crossing. Between New Jersey and New York from Weehawken, New Jersey to 39th Street, New York City. Built, Owned and Operated by The Port of New York Authority, 111 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. Two copies (copy 1 only imaged)

Issued by the Port of New York Authority, late 1937. Single sheet printed in color, 10-9/16" wide x 6/-/14" high folded to 3-1/2" wide. See notes for text on side 1, all panels.

The brochure opens up to a full-sheet road map of the new tunnel. The Lincoln Tunnel opened on Dec. 22, 1937. The text "opens December 22, 1937" and "due to be opened" implies that this brochure was issued as promotional material prior to the opening.

Notes Archives 2011.005.0195 text on side 1

[side 1, right panel - cover as folded]
Lincoln Tunnel. A New 4 Minute Crossing. Between New Jersey and New York from Weehawken, New Jersey to 39th Street, New York City. Built, Owned and Operated by The Port of New York Authority, 111 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y.

[side 1, left panel]
THE LINCOLN TUNNEL, connecting 39th Street, Manhattan,
with Weehawken, New Jersey, is a third interstate motor
highway across the Hudson River in the Port of New York
District. It has been constructed by The Port of New York Authority
to serve the area midway between the Holland Tunnel and the
George Washington Bridge.

A major engineering feat, the Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic on
December 22, 1937, three years and seven months after the start of
work. Two shields (steel cylinders with sharp cutting edges
propelled forward by hydraulic jacks) bored through the river bed,
starting from opposite sides and met within one quarter of an inch
when the tunnel was "holed through" on August 22, 1935.

Patterned after the Holland Tunnel, the Lincoln Tunnel has a
wider roadway to accommodate two-way traffic until the comple-
tion of a second tube. Work is already well advanced on this second
unit which will open in 1941.

The ventilation system, like that of the Holland Tunnel, provides
complete protection from motor exhaust fumes. Giant blower fans,
located in three ventilation buildings continuously blow fresh air
into a duct below the roadway. At the seme time vitiated air is
sucked out ofthe tunnel through an upper duct, assuring a healthful
atmosphere at all times.

Dyer Avenue, an entirely new north and south right-of-way
has been constructed parallel to Ninth and Tenth Avenues, giving
access to and from the tunnel at 34th, 35th, 36th, 40th, 41st or 42nd
Streets. The tunnel approach underpasses 37th, 38th and 39th
Streets. The West Side Highway will be reached via the 46th
Street ramp to and from the north and via the 40th Street ramp to
and from the south.

In New Jersey, a new depressed highway now under construction
across the top of the Palisades will, when completed, provide
direct access to New Jersey Routes 1 and 3. In the present
stage the tunnel is readily reached via any of the following routes:
UNION CITY: East on 32nd Street
to New South Marginal Street
to Boulevard east to
PATERSON: East on New Jersey
Route 3 to Paterson Plank Road LINCOLN
to Paterson Turnpike to
Hackensack Turnpike to 32nd Street TUNNEL
to South Marginal Street to
Boulevard East to
HOBOKEN: North on Willow Ave.
or Park Avenue to Underpass to

The Lincoln Tunnel makes possible a substantial saving in time for
interstate motorists. Driving time from City Hall, Manhattan, to
Main and Market Streets, Paterson, it is estimated, will be reduced
seventeen minutes by using the tunnel. The drive from City Hall,
Union City, to City Hall, Manhattan, will be cut by eleven minutes,
and the drive from 14th Street and Willow Avenue, Hoboken, to
City Hall, Manhattan, by six minutes by the new tunnel and its

[side 2, center panel]

Length of first (south) tube, portal to portal 8,215 feet
Length of second (north) tube, portal to portal 7,400 feet
Length of each tube under river 4,600 feet
Width of two-lane roadway, between curbs 21 1/2 feet
Operating headroom clearance13 feet
External diameter of cast iron and cast steel shell in general31 feet
Maximum depth from river surface to top of tunnel 75 feet
Three ventilation buildings with a total of32 fans
First Operating Unit due to be opened for traffic in December, 1937
Second (north) tube of tunnel due to be opened in 1941
Ultimate cost of complete project *$74,800,000
*Exclusive of above $10,000,000.00 for the cost of a depressed
highway across the Palisades.

Same as at Holland Tunnel with the following exceptions:
All slow vehicles not able to maintain a speed of twenty miles per
hour on tunnel upgrades will be excluded at the outset.
All heavy vehicles over five tons gross weight combined vehicle and
load, will be excluded at the outset.
All trucks propelled by Diesel engines will be excluded.
Maximum height of vehicles 13 feet.
Maximum length of single vehicles 35 feet.
Maximum length of truck or tractor with trailer or semi-trailer 80 feet.
Maximum side overhang, 9 inches up to 2 feet 3 inches above
roadway, 15 inches above 2 feet 3 inches.

Same as Holland Tunnel and George Washington Bridge.
Also combination rates with Staten Island Bridges.
Complete traffic rules, regulations and toll rates are on file and may
be inspected at the general offices of the Port Authority, 111 Eighth
Avenue, New York City. Leaflet containing same may also be
obtained from the toll collectors at any Port Authority facility.
Additional copies of this leaflet may be secured by writing to
Department B.

Date 1937-1937
Year Range from 1937
Year Range to 1937
Search Terms Lincoln Tunnel
Holland Tunnel
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
George Washington Bridge
Caption front as folded (side 1, right panel)
Imagefile 105\20110050195.TIF
Classification Geography
Government & Politics