The Holland Tunnel

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The best way from Jersey City to Manhattan May 24, 2010
Begun in 1920 and completed in 1927 the Holland Tunnel is actually two tubes each with two lanes of traffic totaling 20 feet in width and 12 ½ feet in headroom. They link the island of Manhattan, New York with Jersey City, New Jersey going under the Hudson River. They are slightly different length, one being 8,558 feet (1.621 miles or 2608 meters) and 8,371 feet (1.585 miles or 2551 meters) and take about 3 minutes to traverse at the 35 mph speed limit. It should be noted that seldom does traffic flow quite that fast. The lowest point is approximately 93 feet below high water level. The tunnel is ventilated to rid the air of carbon monoxide which was required due to its length. One of the things I did not expect was that the tunnel is far from being straight especially near the ends where several gentle but sweeping curves are built into it. The toll, which started out at 50 cents, has risen over the years and when we went through on our 2010 road trip it was $8 per vehicle, $7 for motorcycles, and EZ pass holders receive a discount in off peak hours. The toll is only charged going from New Jersey into Manhattan.
Toll Booths and entry
dropping into the tunnel
one of the gentle curves
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One of the connecting tunnels to Manhattan from New Jersey Apr 06, 2010
I was out walking along the Hudson River Greenway when I passed a huge building hosting and entrance to the The Holland Tunnel, which turned out be a highway tunnel under the Hudson River connecting the island of Manhattan in New York City with Jersey City, New Jersey.

I didn’t know this tunnel because I came to Manhattan via The Lincoln Tunnel and I had a limited knowledge of the connections to Manhattan, but I was taken by the equal design of each of the Ventilation Buildings.

The work with the tunnel begun in 1920 and completed in 1927, the tunnel is one of the earliest examples of a ventilated design, having 24 m diameter fans providing transverse air flow across the roadway at regular intervals, via systems of ducts. Ventilation was required by the advent of the automobile and associated exhaust.

The tunnel consists of a pair of tubes, each providing two lanes in a 6 m roadway width and 3.8 m of headroom. The north tube is 2,608 m from end to end, while the south tube is slightly shorter at 2,551 m. Both tubes are situated in the bedrock beneath the river, with the lowest point of the roadway approximately 28 m below mean high water.
The entrance of one of the ventila…
The last New York ventilation buil…
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