109

December 2, 2019 | Number of The Day
Age of Hudson River Tunnel and Portal Bridge

Even amid the joy and fuss of Thanksgiving, we should have taken time last week to celebrate the 109th year in existence of those two old soldiers, the Hudson River Tunnel and the Portal Bridge; both entered service on Nov. 27, 1910. But then again, what’s there to celebrate? As Stephen Sigmund of the Gateway Development Corporation, put it “Is it really a happy birthday when you’re 109 years old and still working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year?”

Eventually getting in the holiday spirit, Sigmund wrote, “…we are thankful this critical infrastructure is still with us as a vital link in the entire Northeast Corridor, which supports 20% of the nation’s economy.  But the bottom line is these workhorses are badly in need of replacement.” And, he added, “Our wish this holiday season is for the U.S. Department of Transportation to finally approve the Hudson Tunnel EIS. We seek their partnership for the ongoing support of both the Portal North Bridge and Hudson Tunnel projects so we can finally start full construction on a 21st Century rail system worthy of this region and nation.”