It was the beginning of winter in 2017 and the weather was getting colder and the crowds of commuters waiting to cross the Lincoln Tunnel were becoming a little restless.
So, the city decided to add a new feature: a tunnel that had been underwater for decades.
Now, the tunnel, which opened in 1959, is back under water.
It was built by the United States government to connect the railroads New York and New Jersey to the rest of the nation and has since served as a transportation hub for nearly 50 years.
But now, the tunnels are in danger of sinking, which would be a devastating blow to the city, said Robert Loomis, the Lincoln Park Conservancy’s senior vice president of public works.
“Lincoln Park is the birthplace of American democracy, so it’s important to maintain the infrastructure that has served us well for many decades,” Loomiss said.
The city and its partner, the state of New York, are spending millions of dollars to repair the tunnels.
But the project is far from done.
The tunnel is at the very bottom of the river, which is the most dangerous part of the waterway.
A major earthquake could easily destroy the tunnels, and they are already struggling to maintain their condition.
But the cost of repairing the tunnels would be too high to justify the cost to taxpayers, Loomysaid.
In addition to the cost, the project has the potential to increase congestion on the tunnels and to put the safety of the public at risk, Lomis added.
The cost of building the tunnels could also put the city’s finances in danger.
It would take an additional $15 billion to repair Lincoln Park and $50 billion to upgrade the city.
The Lincoln Tunnel has been a major part of New Yorkers’ lives for nearly four decades.
It has become one of the most popular places in the country to get around and is home to some of the world’s busiest trains.
It also connects New York City to Manhattan, Long Island and Connecticut.
But its construction has become increasingly expensive over the years.
Loomisdeliver wrote on his blog last year that the costs of the tunnels have increased from $10 billion to $60 billion.
Lincoln Tunnel repairs are being financed by the state, the federal government and private donations, but the state has been reluctant to give up its share of the cost.