The Lincoln Tunnel

Sergio Duarte

The Lincoln Tunnel, formerly known as the “Midtown Hudson Tunnel,” is located between Weehawken, New Jersey and midtown Manhattan. This location was chosen for its construction as a means to redirect traffic and possibly solve Manhattan’s unbearable traffic dilemma. Out of the two tunnels that channel countless waves of people in their respective vehicles of choice to and from the city via New Jersey, the Lincoln Tunnel bears a larger burden with waves of commuters traveling through its entrances and exits day-after-day. Many people, regardless if they are commuters or not, fail to see the Lincoln Tunnel for what it truly is. It is more than just a tunnel. It is more than an alternative route into the city. It is more than a headache waiting for you at the end of the day, as so many commuters love to describe their commute home going through it. It, indeed, is a diamond in the rough. It truly is a feat of unimaginable proportions. Few appreciate its immense significance in what its construction has accomplished and, instead, see it as a nuisance due to the relentless gridlock situations that arise at this area every day.

The Lincoln Tunnel is an engineering triumph in its own right. Its design alone is truly a work of modern art that is overlooked and unappreciated. With its features such as its “helix,” how can the grand design of this tunnel go constantly unnoticed? Few even know that statistically speaking the Lincoln Tunnel is, by far, the busiest vehicular tunnel in the world.

It’s skilful and distinguished design alone make it a more than engineering masterpiece of its time. People need to start appreciating this monument because that is exactly what it is. It is taken for granted on a frequent basis instead of being seen for its importance in unifying New York and New Jersey. It has gained a reputation of being a lousy tunnel because of its traffic jam problems. It should actually have the reputation as a quintessential passageway that commuters of this metropolitan area need to facilitate their travels to and from the city via automobile. The state of New Jersey is home to many monuments and this one is, by far, an overlooked and hidden treasure.


About urba0090

is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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