Being a visionary, Chief Engineer Alfred Noble knew that two tunnels could never carry the burden of traffic that would demand four. And so, beginning in 1904, as lead man representing S. Pearson & Son, Noble directed the doubling of the originally conceived plans and the simultaneous construction of four tunnels under the East River. On March 18, 1908, the engineering marvel, four tubes each measuring 23 feet in diameter were completed. These byways that remain in use to this day went into operation on September 8, 1910 coincident with the opening of New York’s Penn Station. This busiest travel hub in the Western Hemisphere welcomes 600,000 travelers every day.
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