> STATISTICS Opened to traffic: North tube Center tube South tube Width of each tunnel roadway Operating headroom External diameter of tunnel Maximum depth from mean high water to roadway Length of tunnel (portal to portal): North tube Center tube South tube Number of toll lanes Feb. 1, 1945 Dec. 22, 1937 May 25, 1957 21 feet, 6 Inches 13 feet 31 feet 97 feet 7,482 feet 8,216 feet 8,006 feet 13* Lincoln Tunnel Interesting Facts * All toll lanes are equipped to accept E-ZPass as a form of toll payment. The Port Authority is committed to the safety and security of our facilities and the customers who use them. We have dedicated substantial portions of our capital resources to security enhancements. These safety measures are similar to those being taken by all agencies nationwide to thwart potential terrorists and are constantly updated utilizing intelligence gathered from the Port Authority Police, state and local authorities, and various federal agencies. CONNECTING THE REGION www.panynj.gov For the latest construction closures or information, please call our Customer Connection at (800) 221- 9903. The Customer Connection is a service of the Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals Department – Customer Relations Division. 10/04 A connection synonymous with travel in the bistate area … the Lincoln Tunnel is part of a transportation network that The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey maintains to support the community with vital links throughout the region. This famous Hudson River tunnel, a three-tube underwater vehicular facility, provides an essential connection between midtown Manhattan and central New Jersey, and forms part of New Jersey Route 495. The Lincoln Tunnel is one example of our proud commitment to ensuring safe, efficient, and reliable transportation facilities. > WELL CONNECTED In New Jersey, Route 495 connects the tunnel with N.J. Route 3, U.S. Routes 1 and 9, and the New Jersey Turnpike. The New York Expressway and Dyer Avenue in Manhattan connect the tunnel with local city streets from West 42nd Street south to West 30 th Street. The tunnel’s three tubes provide paramount flexibility in traffic handling and urban transportation management. By converting the center tube to a two-way operation, it has the ability to change the six lanes to four lanes in one direction, or three lanes in each direction. > MASS-TRANSIT FRIENDLY During the weekday morning peak period – between 6:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. – the Port Authority operates a 2.5-mile Exclusive Bus Lane (XBL) to ease commuter travel. The XBL runs from New Jersey Route 3 and Interchanges 16E and 17 of the New Jersey Turnpike to the Lincoln Tunnel along one of the normally westbound lanes of New Jersey Route 495. Commuter buses utilizing the XBL get a direct route to the tunnel, avoiding regular rush hour traffic and significantly reducing travel time by 15 to 20 minutes. Each day, approximately 1,700 buses carrying more than 62,000 commuters use the XBL. Annually, this amounts to approximately 419,000 buses carrying over 15 million passengers. > VITAL LINK Direct ramps connecting the Lincoln Tunnel with the Port Authority Bus Terminal facilitate the handling of commuter buses, reducing traffic congestion on city streets around the terminal. The ramps also provide direct access for automobiles to the terminal’s three-level roof parking facility. The efforts of the Port Authority are rooted in creating safe and efficient travel for the millions of customers who use this crossing each year. > Lincoln Tunnel Profile < Cover Photo — The Lincoln Tunnel New Jersey entrance from the toll plaza > At the time of its construction, the tunnel was considered an outstanding engineering achievement. The technique used is called the “Shield” method, invented in 1925 by Sir Marc Brunel. It took 3 years and 7 months to complete the tunnel’s first tube.
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