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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:37 PM

Cutting Edge Calif. Tunnels Poised to Open

Cutting Edge Calif. Tunnels Poised to Open
By MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press
PACIFICA, Calif. February 24, 2013 (AP)

Two slick new mile-long tunnels are undergoing final safety tests this month, poised to divert motorists away from an ocean cliff-hanging roadway dubbed Devil's Slide south of San Francisco to a smooth, Alpine-like passageway unlike any in the U.S. today.

The $439 million project, paid with federal emergency funds, features massive exhaust fans, carbon monoxide sensors and a pair of 1,000-foot bridges soaring 125 feet above a grassy horse ranch. A series of 10 fireproof shelters are staggered between the double bores, and remote cameras dangle from the ceiling, monitored by an around-the-clock safety staff of 15.

The tunnels, the first in the U.S. designed and built with an Austrian technique, have a Euro-glossiness to them, with white, glistening walls and shiny pipes gliding down a rounded ceiling. There's a bit of theme park vibe as well, with retaining walls and fake boulders at the entrance sculpted by the man who shaped and molded Disneyland's Indiana Jones ride.

"A new highway tunnel is a rare beast in this country, and what they are doing at Devil's Slide is certainly different than anything we've seen in the U.S.," said Neil Gray, director of government affairs at the Washington, D.C.-based International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:43 PM

1. I'll still drive the old

 

Devils Slide. Something about that stretch of road that is so cool......

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Response to Bennyboy (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:46 PM

2. Looks like I'll be biking it at least. And

 

that means accesss up there and that will be amazing. Drove by there many many many times, but never got out to check it out.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 04:07 PM

3. Very cool!

I can hear the RW now -- CaliEuro Socialism!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 06:39 PM

4. wow....first I've heard of it.....

that was a beautiful stretch of road to drive though. Certainly understand the need for the tunnel though...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 07:43 PM

5. News like this makes me

glad I live in California. Not all news from California makes me glad.

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