Devil's Slide Tunnels Set To Open

That Highway 1 drive is about to get less hair-raising.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Mar 22, 2013  |  Updated 6:08 PM PDT
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A view of the new Devil's Slide tunnels from the South. The tunnels are scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2013.

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The $439-million tunnel on Highway 1 through the precarious stretch of Pacific Ocean cliff -- the first highway tunnel built in California in 50 years -- is scheduled to open after many delays.

The highway opened in 1937. It has since achieved a reputation for giving weak-stomached drivers fits on its twists and turns -- and has also been dangerous, with boulders and mudslides a common feature on the roadway.

There are two 4,200-foot long tunnels through San Pedro Mountain, which bypass a 1.2-mile stretch of cliffside highway "that was a scary and often dangerous place to drive," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The tunnels are scheduled to open "Monday or Tuesday."

A slide in 1995 closed the highway for six months, and a tunnel idea was approved by voters in 1996.

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