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LI - Atlantic Avenue Tunnel

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Photo taken by David Berkowitz

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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Description 

Built to route a commuter line beneath a busy intersection, it was closed less than 20 years later when the city banned steam locomotives.

This carries the Guinness record for the oldest subway tunnel: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/guinness-world-...

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel on abandoned Long Island Railroad crosses Atlantic Avenue
Location
New York City, Kings County, New York
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic
History
Built 1844, closed 1861
Railroads
- Commuter Rail
- Long Island Railroad (LI)
Design
Masonry tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 2,570.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 21.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Atlantic Avenue Tunnel
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.68974, -73.99263   (decimal degrees)
40°41'23" N, 73°59'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/585117/4504804 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brooklyn
Inventory number
BH 59643 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 9, 2014: New photo from Luke Harden
  • February 9, 2014: Added by Clark Vance

Comments 

Atlantic Avenue Tunnel
Posted February 10, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This group is working to preserve the tunnel:

http://www.brooklynrail.net/proj_aatunnel.html

You can sign a petition to reopen it here:

http://www.petitiononline.com/BHRA1844/petition.html