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Author Hart, Steven, 1948-

Title The last three miles : politics, murder, and the construction of America's first superhighway / Steven Hart.

Published New York : The New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Company, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store QA  11939    AVAILABLE
Physical description 216 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-206) and index.
Summary "Set at the dawn of America's love affair with the automobile, The Last Three Miles is an investigative look at a new kind of highway constructed amid an old kind of politics. The 1927 opening of the Holland Tunnel meant that a flood of cars and trucks leaving Manhattan bound for points west were unceremoniously dumped into the narrow streets of Jersey City and the meandering roads of the nearby Meadowlands. The answer was to create America's first superhighway - a new kind of road for a new kind of country, connecting the hub of New York City with the United States of America." "The $40 million project had the backing of Frank Hague, one of the most powerful political bosses of his day, and by 1930 all but the last three miles of it had been built. Completing that final link, now known as the Pulaski Skyway, touched off a vicious labor war that pitted Hague against a former ally, the powerful union boss Theodore "Teddy" Brandle, and led to a sensational murder trial. When the Skyway was finally opened for use in 1932, however, its design proved so badly flawed that newspapers called it "Death Avenue." The highway of the future had almost instantly become an antique. The Last Three Miles brings to vivid life the and backstory of a chapter in the heroic age of public works."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Pulaski Skyway (N.J.) -- Design and construction -- History.
ISBN 9781595580986