The Lincoln Tunnel is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) long tunnel under the Hudson River, connecting Weehawken, New Jersey and the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It was designed by Ole Singstad, and named after U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.
Traffic And The XBL:
The three tubes carry six traffic lanes in total. During the morning rush hour, one traffic lane in the center, tube called the "XBL", or exclusive bus lane is used only by buses. The New Jersey approach roadway, locally known as The Helix, spirals in a half circle before arriving at the toll booths in front of the tunnel portals. In Manhattan, Dyer Avenue and the Lincoln Tunnel Expressway serve as the primary egress roadways for the Lincoln Tunnel.
With the cancellation of the Mid-Manhattan Expressway, intended to carry Interstate 495 through New York
City to the Queens
-Midtown Tunnel and the Long Island
Expressway, the NYSDOT and NJDOT demoted the Lincoln Tunnel, Queens-Midtown Tunnel, and the freeway link to NJ 3 as state routes. Some signs still list the tunnels as I-495. Although the Federal Highway Administration still considers the Midtown Tunnel to be an Interstate, the Lincoln Tunnel is no longer on the Interstate system. In New Jersey, the freeway was officially demoted to NJ 495 and very few signs still read "I-495". 34th Street links the disjointed segments of I-495.