But the Subway tunnels exist.
The decision was made to drain the canal, build the subway in it’s place, bury the subway and construct a grand street on top of it which is known today as “Central Parkway.” Construction of the first phase began in 1920…
The subway exists today as a utility tunnel and a subterranean monument to a forgotten piece of infrastructure that would have changed the landscape of the city from what we know it as today. Two miles of tunnels still exist today beneath Central Parkway, as well as one other short section of tunnels crossing beneath Hopple St. The portals of the Central Parkway tunnels can be seen while drive southbound on I-75 towards downtown, just after passing the Hopple St. exit.
What a waste.