Lincoln Tunnel
Lincoln Tunnel
Owner State of New York
Employees New York Transit Authority
Hours of Operation 24/7
Current Status Open for Business
People Come Here For… Motor Travel

The Lincoln Tunnel is a 1.5-mile long tunnel under the Hudson River, connecting Weehawken, New Jersey and the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Following the nuclear explosion in Midtown Manhattan on November 8, 2006 the entirety of the Lincoln Tunnel had been shut down and remained so until March the following year due to structural damage.

Crumbling city infrastructure and increasing debt have left the tunnel in a seemingly perpetual state of repair. Heavy concrete tiles on the tunnel ceiling are affixed with newer metal rod bolting while some portions of the ceiling are simply reinforced by now rusted iron tresses. Water leaks through cracks in the ceiling on the Manhattan side of the tunnel and large portions of the asphalt are cracked and broken from too-long delayed maintenance.

Three tubes carry six traffic lanes in total through the tunnel. During the morning rush hour one traffic lane in the center tube called the XBL (Exclusive Bus Lane) and is only used by buses. The New Jersey approach roadway, locally known as The Helix, spirals in a full circle before arriving at the toll booths in front of the tunnel portals. In Manhattan, Dyer Avenue and the Lincoln Tunnel Expressway serve as the primary egress roadways for the Lincoln Tunnel.

Major IC Events

  • The Lincoln Tunnel was closed-down from November 8, 2006 to March 16, 2007 due to damages sustained by the Bomb.


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