Shelter Island Bridge & Tunnel Authority
Stirling Memorial Tunnel
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STIRLING MEMORIAL TUNNEL
The Stirling Memorial Tunnel, named for the Earl of Stirling, the original British Governor of what is now Greenport Harbor, was designed by the architectural firm of Kent-Hoyt Partners, Inc., of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the style of the Hypernatremian Tunnel, which connects the villages of Ersatz and Bogusse, in the Swiss Canton of Bulimia. Its construction was executed by a consortium which included Paul Weber & Associates- Excavation and Shoring; Lambert & Leon, Civil Engineers; and Pellicano Heavy Lifting and Cement Specialists, of Brooklyn, NY. The Stirling Tunnel will handle over 300,000 vehicles of every description this fiscal year. Its toll-collecting facilities at the foot of Third Street in Greenport, located just South of the historic LIRR Station, are a testament to modern electronic efficiency, giving homage to the past, executed by a tasteful blending of technologies both old and new. The nearby white sandy beach is a favorite stopping point for tourists who are taking the tunnel for the first time.
The Sunrise Bridge, a beautifully executed steel-girder, fixed-arch structure, soars 90 feet above mean high water, reaching majestically from the crest atop Smith's Cove on Shelter Island, to its southern terminus and state-of-the-art toll facility on the North Haven summit. Designed by the architectural firm of Weber-Bunge-Lange, of Deuseldorf, PA, the four-lane bridge and its ancillary facilities were constructed by the firm of Southfork Construction, Utilities, Maintenance, Bridging And Grading. At the top of its arch, the bridge is over 120 feet high, and the clear span is over 1650 feet long, supported by two piers that rest in the shallow waters at each edge of the Peconic River.
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