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Queens-Midtown Tunnel
Queens Midtown Tunnel, NYC Portal
Carries 4 lanes of I-495
Crosses East River
Locale Manhattan, New York and Queens, New York
Maintained by Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority
Total length 6,414 feet (1,955 m)
Vertical clearance 12 feet 1 inch (3.68 m)
AADT 81,607 (2007)[1]
Opened November 15, 1940
Toll $5.50 as of July 12, 2009 (both directions per car in cash) ; discount available with E-ZPass
Coordinates 40°44′44″N 73°57′53″W / 40.74556°N 73.96472°W / 40.74556; -73.96472 (Queens–Midtown Tunnel)Coordinates: 40°44′44″N 73°57′53″W / 40.74556°N 73.96472°W / 40.74556; -73.96472 (Queens–Midtown Tunnel)
Queens–Midtown Tunnel is located in New York City

The Queens–Midtown Tunnel (sometimes simply known as the Midtown Tunnel) is a toll road in New York City. It crosses under the East River and connects the Borough of Queens (at the Long Island City terminus of I-495, the Long Island Expressway) on Long Island with the Borough of Manhattan (between the major crosstown thoroughfares of East 34th Street and East 42nd Street in the Midtown Manhattan area). Designed by Ole Singstad, it was opened to traffic on November 15, 1940.[2] The tunnel consists of twin tubes carrying four traffic lanes, and is 6,414 feet (1,955 m) long. It once carried New York State Route 24.

From March 16, 2008, the crossing charge for a two-axle passenger vehicle is $5.00 charged in each direction, with an $.85 discount for E-ZPass users. The crossing charge for a motorcycle is $2.25 charged in each direction, with a discount to $1.81 for E-ZPass users.

On July 12, 2009, the crossing charge for a two-axle passenger vehicle is $5.50 charged in each direction, with a $.93 discount for E-ZPass users. The crossing charge for a motorcycle is $2.50 charged in each direction, with a discount to $.51 for E-ZPass users.

Manhattan-bound traffic exit the Queens-Midtown Tunnel on the Manhattan side.

The tunnel is owned by the City of New York and operated by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, an affiliate agency of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York).

In the 1997 feature film Men in Black, Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith star in a scene in which their Ford LTD car overturns to ride on the ceiling of the tunnel.

The tunnel is closed to traffic one night each spring to allow for the annual Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Animal Walk. Several nights before the circus opens at Madison Square Garden, the elephants march into Manhattan and down 34th Street to the arena. In 2007, the circus opened on Saturday, March 31 and the Animal Walk took place at approximately midnight on Tuesday, March 27. While this event is a much anticipated annual tradition for some, in recent years it has attracted organizations protesting the treatment of the circus animals.

References

  1. ^ "2007 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. July 25, 2008. https://www.nysdot.gov/divisions/engineering/technical-services/hds-respository/NYSDOT_Traffic_Data_Report_2007.pdf. Retrieved July 17, 2009.  
  2. ^ "$58,000,000 Tunnel to Queens Opened". New York Times: p. 1. 1940-11-16. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F3081EFC3C5D177A93C4A8178AD95F448485F9. Retrieved 2009-10-11.  
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