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re: #47 mattand
They would, but it’s politics as usual; Christie was snubbed at the Gateway tunnel presser because he killed the ARC tunnel, which was a pet project of Democrats Lautenberg and Menendez.
It appears that they have no intention of working together to make sure that some infrastructure is done; even though some of the money for Gateway would go to replacing the Portal Bridge wholly within NJ (across the Hackensack River and a constant bottleneck on the NEC/NCL/Midtown Direct lines), and other improvements along the NEC.
BTW, you’re also forgetting the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, each of which is for vehicle traffic only (5 tunnels in total).
The larger point is this:
No new tunnels or bridges have crossed the Hudson below the Tappan Zee (which itself needs replacement and the costs are looking to be above $10 billion) since the Tappan Zee was finished in the 1950s.
The Port Authority isn’t about to build anything new - and they’re trying to find the money to finish the WTC, replace the obsolete Goethals bridge at the same time of thinking of raising the Bayonne bridge allowing for super Panamax shipping to the container ports in Elizabeth NJ. Lots of projects in the NYC metro area with billions of dollars in need - and no money to get them done in a reasonable time frame.
It’s one of the reasons I’m angry with how the ARRA of 2009 was pitched; it was supposed to be about infrastructure repair and replacement, and yet stuff that is sorely in need and which services hundreds of thousands of people on a daily basis is ignored.