Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Devil's Slide

Yes, Devil's Slide is the original name of the point in the distance.

This is California Highway 1 looking northward to an area just south of San Francisco where the road has a way of slipping down the mountain and into the ocean periodically.  A new tunnel was just opened, so we had to do a bit of civil engineering tourism and drive to see it.  Unfortunately, there aren't any good parking areas right by the tunnel, so I couldn't get a closeup photo.  

Per California's constitution, everyone had to get into the act on this tunnel, with the result that the final cost was $430 million and 6 years of construction.  For a two lane highway.   The cost is about 1/10th to 1/20th of the greatest tunnels, like the Channel Tunnel.  The 6 years for construction, however, was truly world class.  It was quite a sight and worth the excursion.

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