2-Level Streets to SPEED TRAFFIC (Oct, 1931)

2-Level Streets to SPEED TRAFFIC

A DEFINITE step towards the relief of traffic congestion on much travelled city thoroughfares by the construction of streets under streets is soon to be taken by the city of New York. When this stupendous project has been brought to completion the metropolis will have an underground lane for fast through traffic, a tunnel for local and express trains, all built underneath the surface street, which will be left for local traffic.

Extending down Second Avenue from the Harlem river, the roadway will greatly improve circulation in Manhattan. The plan proposes a four-lane roadway and a pavement 20 feet below the present street level. Local rapid transit tracks will be placed beneath the service roadways, with ramps and escalators making them easily accessible to the streets.

On the surface the existing sidewalks will be placed in pedestrian arcades within the buildings lining the streets. Ventilation will be provided by openings in the street center, as illustrated in the drawing above.

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  1. Nick Moffitt says: February 12, 20082:03 am

    That 2nd Avenue Subway has been on the drawing board for quite a while!
    It’s worth noting that at the time this was drawn, the 2nd Avenue
    elevated railway was still in operation, and it was a steel-darkened
    roadway for much of it. The el was torn down during WWII for the scrap
    steel, but the area is still an underserved transit corridor.

    They finally broke ground for tunneling just this past April, and plan
    to open in 2020. If things go as everyone expects, the thing won’t open
    until a full century after this article was published :)

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