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The Construction of the Harbor Bridge and
Mayor Albert Lichtenstein

The fifties were swept out with the completion of the Harbor Bridge in 1959. With the opening of the bridge, a long-standing fight finally ended. In 1954, then Mayor Albert Lichtenstien and the Chamber of Commerce strongly opposed a bridge over the Ship Channel. They instead urged the building of a tunnel under the channel. The debate was finally resolved when the State Highway Department made the decision to fund the bridge at the same time indicating it would not fund a tunnel that could trap toxic fumes or chemicals. Mayor Lichtenstien resigned as a result
of the controversy.

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Mayor Albert Lichtenstien and the Harbor Bridge
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