DRIVING UNDERNEATH THE RIVERS: THE TUNNELS OF ROTTERDAM

SUBTITLE: ON MAY 14, 1942, THE MAAS TUNNEL IN ROTTERDAM OPENED FOR TRAFFIC. THE FIRST TUNNEL TO PASS UNDER A BODY OF WATER IN THE NETHERLANDS, IT WAS GENUINE ARCHITECTUAL FEAT. AS THE OPENING TOOK PLACE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, THERE WAS NO OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY. MORE THAN SIXTY YEARS LATER, IN MAY 2002, THE MUDER OF A DUTCH POLITICIAN INITIALLY HELD UP THE FESTIVITIES FOR THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW SECOND BENELUX TUNNEL. NEITHER SITUATION SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THESE CRUCIAL TRAFFIC LINKS, HOWEVER. ROTTERDAM HAS A STRONG TRADITION IN BUILDING ROAD TUNNELS TO PASS UNDERNEATH RIVERS. BY NEXT YEAR, ROTTERDAM WILL HAVE SEVEN TUNNELS WITH A TOTAL LENGTH OF SIX KILOMETERS.

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  • Accession Number: 00949705
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Northwestern University, Evanston
  • Files: TLIB
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2003 12:00AM