Long-delayed Hudson Tunnel Project finally gets federal approval

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Plans for the Hudson Tunnel Project reached a new milestone Friday after the Department of Transportation officially greenlit an environmental impact statement which will finally allow the long-delayed project to move toward design and final construction.

“This long-awaited step brings us much closer to beginning the critical work of constructing the new Hudson Tunnel,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. “We look forward to working with our regional and federal partners to complete the Hudson Tunnel Project and continue to advance the Gateway Program in order to provide much needed relief to commuters and businesses in New Jersey and New York.”

The tunnel is part of the larger Gateway Project effort to repair New York and New Jersey tunnels damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Federal approvals for the tunnel had been held up for years by the Trump Administration.

Existing tunnels between the states were already nearly 100 years old and in rough shape even before they were inundated by flood waters from the devastating hurricane. A modernization project has been discussed in one form or another for decades.

“This is a big step for the Northeast, and for the entire country, as these tunnels connect so many people, jobs and businesses,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement of his own.

The tunnel is expected to cost $11.6 billion with planners hoping to open it before the end of the decade.

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