Retropix: Lincoln Tunnel

5/13/2009:

[Continuing the ORIGINAL Hoboken411 “Photo of the Day” series… RETROPIX WEEK!!]

Retropix of the Day – 5/13/2009

Did you know that the Lincoln Tunnel originally had only two tubes?

Pictured below is the grand opening ceremonies on December 21, 1937!

lincoln tunnel grand opening festivities dec 21 1937 - Retropix: Lincoln Tunnel

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Where’s the EZPass lane?

agrk
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It looks like their only celebrating the (now) center tube – even though the north portal is there, no one is trying to use it – it might not be done!

homeworld
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From the horse’s mouth:

http://www.panynj.gov/CommutingTravel/tunnels/html/lincoln.html

Opened to traffic:

Center tube Dec. 22, 1937
North tube Feb. 1, 1945
South tube May 25,1957

sonofagunk
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sonofagunk

Are you sure that is from 1937? They planned 2 tunnels in the beginning, but only opened 1 in 1937. The other was delayed for many reasons, including a little war, and didn’t open until the 1940’s

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elainetyger

So from day one, they’ve had one tube closed and bumper-to-bumper traffic?