History Lesson: The Holland Tunnel

New York City's Holland Tunnel opened in 1927, providing the first link for automobiles between Manhattan and New Jersey, and becoming the world's first successful underwater vehicular tunnel. The ventilation system was key to its success, built with watertight caissons made of steel and concrete, and became the model for virtually every vehicular tunnel built thereafter. The project faced many technical challenges, as well as political ones, as detailed in this article.


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  • Created Date: May 25 2017 1:56PM