Devil's Slide Tom Lantos Tunnels Opening Ceremonies 25 Mar 2013

The opening ceremonies for the Tom Lantos Tunnels at Devil's Slide were today, and I was an uninvited guest. The CHP let a few of us who arrived early stay right next to the new tunnel, since several of us rode our bikes. Thanks to the officers! There were the usual speeches, thanking each other, and of course, the folks who fought long and hard for the tunnel, some of whom were there. It was 'by invitation only', and no walk through the tunnel. The Half Moon Bay and Terra Nova (Pacifica) marching bands were there, and a few of them, at least, got to walk into the tunnel a bit.

There were a few folks up on the bluff west of the tunnel, and 3 or 4 folks up above the tunnel, on the old 1872 coast trail, which I thought was appropriate (I caught them in a few pictures and a movie). The vultures and hawks circled the ceremonies, but decided no food was available. The ceremony ended with a ribbon cutting, and then the marching bands led the way as the parade of (mostly) antique cars drove through the southbound tunnel, horns honking, and many with the tunnel bumper stickers, and a few with the Thnk Tnl license plates.

We can just barely see the one of light standards at the start of the tunnel approach from our living room window (fortunately, just one), but not quite the portals. The south tunnel lighted info sign we see all too clearly, but fortunately Caltrans has agreed to remove that one!

(Tuesday morning note: the sign said "Tunnel Open" this morning at 6:20, when I got up! They were still working on removing barricades at midnight...)

Oh, and there are a couple of great youtube videos of somebody riding their bike through the tunnels; (Easter 2012 southbound, then again posted in July 2012 riding through both tunnels.

Also see the movies and pictures of my bike ride through the tunnels on Saturday, 30 March 2013, and a hike in June that partially followed the old Half Moon Bay - trail that is just above the south tunnel entrance.

All images Copyright © 2013 by Dave Olson unless otherwise noted.

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TunnelOpeningCarParade-2013-03-25-124920.mp4 Movie (171MB) This is the 7 1/2 minute long video of the (mostly) antique car parade that drive through the southbound tunnel to end the opening ceremony. (The first 15 seconds are blurry; full zoom, and low light kept the camera from focusing.) It's also on youtube
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TunnelOpening_2013-03-25-113739 thumbnail Some people up on the old 1872 coast trail, way above the tunnel opening.
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TunnelOpening_2013-03-25-122243.mp4 Movie (18MB) Movie of the actual ribbon cutting ceremony.
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TunnelOpening_2013-03-25-124714.mp4 Movie (16MB) The start of the car parade (full parade at top of page), when the cars were just barely through the north portal.