Devil’s Slide tunnels an environmental success story

by on March 25, 2013

 
A view of the Devil's Slide tunnel construction. Photo: Mars Hall.
 

 

The new Devil’s Slide tunnels through San Pedro Mountain open this week, which means a final end to a nail-biting drive on Highway 1 through cliffs famous for landslides and emergency closures.

It’s a moment to remember that the $439 million project, paid with federal highway funds, could have had a somewhat different outcome. Local conservationist Peter Drekmeier remembers an old Caltrans plan that would have bisected Montara Mountain and may have changed forever the undeveloped coastline.

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