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Clock ticking for 110-year-old Hudson River rail tunnel

Hudson River Rail Tunnel
Posted at 3:59 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 15:59:44-05

NEW YORK — A new study pinpoints the problems inside the Hudson River rail tunnel and lays out a roadmap for how to fix them.

Amtrak's soon-to-be-completed study is part of a program to rehabilitate the decaying, 110-year-old span.

A years-long dispute between local officials and the Trump administration has stalled a project to build a new tunnel.

Despite renewed optimism that a deal can be reached with the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, a new tunnel could be a decade from being finished.

In the meantime, saltwater deposits left behind by 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, activated by water seeping in from outside, continue to eat away at the tunnel’s walls, track beds and electrical systems.