The Lincoln Tunnel is an approximately 1.5-mile-long tunnel under the Hudson River, connecting Weehawken, New Jersey, to the west with Midtown Manhattan in New York City to the east. It was designed by Ole Singstad and named after Abraham Lincoln.
On 11:54 PM · Jul 15, 2020, New York and New Jersey residents got a taste of near-death when the water started flooding into the Lincoln Tunnel.
Video taken Wednesday and posted online showed water flowing along a walkway and onto the roadway in the tunnel that connects New Jersey and New York City.
The images prompted numerous people to tweet about their fears of being stuck in the tunnel if it flooded.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the tunnel, says water main ruptured in a facility room in the tunnel’s center tube. After the break was repaired, the water was pumped out.
The Port Authority also said that the tunnel’s “left lane [will be] closed for approximately 30 minutes due to emergency maintenance.” Shortly after that, the agency tweeted that the “previous altert…is no longer in effect,” and that the tunnel was experiencing delays due to “emergency maintenance.”
The mile-and-a-half-long tunnel is more than 80 years old and accommodates roughly 1.5 million vehicles into New York in an average month.
One of those commuters gave the heads up to when they made the trip two days later on July 16. “I just drove through the Lincoln Tunnel about an hour ago with no problem. Haven’t heard anything about a leak all morning.” “Flooding in the Lincoln Tunnel” is, no joke, one of the biggest fears of anyone in the New York City/New Jersey area. It’s right alongside “Aggressive cockroach in the bathtub,” “Subway car being used as a bathroom,” and “Favorite brunch spot in Ridgewood being completely full on Sunday.”
The P.A. said that it wasn’t the Hudson River flooding into the tunnel, but “a breakage of a water main in a facility room in the Center Tube.” and that water main was fixed and the water was pumped out as designed.”
As the footage of the leak went viral, local commuters vented their shared fear and shock.
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