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December 22, 1937 – The Lincoln Tunnel opens

The Lincoln Tunnel, passing underneath the Hudson River between New York City and Weehawken, New Jersey, opened on this day in 1937. The cost of the tunnel was a staggering $85 million, approximately $1.51 billion in 2016, and was funded by the depression era Public Works Administration. When the bridge opened it cost 50 cents per passenger of a vehicle each way. The original tunnel is 8,216 feet t (2,504-meters) but since the opening two more tubes have been added to handle increased traffic.

New Jersey side of the tunnel entrance.