H-NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Mar 13, 2013 2:06 PM by Associated Press

Devil's Slide tunnels in Calif. to open this month

PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) - The first tunnels built in California in more than 50 years are slated to open by the end of the month, allowing motorists to steer clear of an ocean cliff-hanging roadway dubbed Devil's Slide south of San Francisco.

The San Jose Mercury News reports Caltrans announced Tuesday that the twin tunnels along a treacherous stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway will open March 25.

Since Highway 1 opened in 1937 the area has been hit with eight landslides, which have caused costly closures that have devastated communities to the south - Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada, Princeton and Half Moon Bay.

The tunnels cost $439 million to build and took seven years to complete.

The Tom Lantos Tunnels, named after the late congressman, were paid with federal emergency funds.

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