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The 1936 request by the Wilmington-Deepwater Tunnel Company to build a tunnel under the Delaware River included this photograph/drawing of the proposed tunnel

What If……

In the mid 1930s, there was serious consideration to build a tunnel from Delaware to New Jersey approximately where the Delaware Memorial Bridge is today. The Wilmington Deepwater Tunnel Company had plans along with supporting documentation to present to both states for review. Ferries up and down the Delaware River transported the traffic between Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The cost would have been 10,500,000.00 dollars to be privately funded. They estimated that by 1938 almost one million five hundred vehicles would use the tunnel yearly.

This photograph is part of a report on the proposed tunnel. Included in the report are proposals, charts and graphs of estimated use and cost, drawings, permits, letters, correspondence and maps. This report is found in the City of Wilmington Collection.