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Luch break! CALTRANS settle in for their midday meal at the southbound exit of the Devil Slide's tunnel.

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A CALTRANS worker smoothes roadway cement along the northbound section of the Devil Slide's tunnel, as construction crews finish pouring concr…

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The roadway concrete was poured last week in a symbolically important phase of the Devil’s Slide tunnels project that will connect Pacifica wi…

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CALTRANS workers smoothe roadway cement along the northbound section of the Devil Slide's tunnel, as construction crews finish pouring concret…

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Workers fill the final portion of the northbound section of the Devil’s Slide tunnel with fresh cement on Thursday. It was a significant miles…

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A view of the southbound portion of the Devil's Slide tunnels. County officials say the project will not be open this year as previously thoug…

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CALTRANS workers touch up the decorative facade along the southbound section of the Devil Slide's tunnel, as construction crews finish pouring…

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Workers smooth roadway cement along the northbound section of the Devil’s Slide tunnel as construction continues in the tunnels north of Monta…

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A view of the northbound route of the Devil's Slide Tunnel, as construction crews finish pouring concrete on Thursday for the street portions …

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CALTRANS workers are busy working as a cement mixer arrives along the northbound section of the Devil Slide's tunnel, as construction crews fi…

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A CALTRANS worker smoothes roadway cement along the northbound section of the Devil Slide's tunnel, as construction crews finish pouring concr…

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CALTRANS workers are busy working as a cement mixer arrives along the northbound section of the Devil Slide's tunnel, as construction crews fi…

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Inside the Devil's Slide tunnels, men were calf-deep in wet concrete the texture of split pea soup on Thursday. They used vibrating poles to d…

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CALTRANS workers finish pouring concrete along the northbound section of the Devil Slide's tunnel, on Thursday February 2, in completion of th…

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A CALTRANS worker pushes a paving device through the northbound section of the Devil Slide's tunnel, as construction crews finish pouring conc…

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Schematic from a public review draft of the proposed pedestrian crossing and parking area at the south portal of Devil’s Slide tunnel.

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Despite an announcement earlier this month that Caltrans will proceed with a highway crosswalk and an on-demand traffic signal, the agency can…

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Caltrans now expects the long-awaited Devil's Slide tunnels to open for traffic in mid-2012, according to an e-mail from Caltrans spokesman Bo…

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The sun shines on the unpredictable cliffs of Devil's slide. A crosswalk and light have been proposed for the section of Highway 1 just south …

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The long-awaited twin tunnels would make road closures due to rockslides a thing of the past at Devil's Slide, but could crossing pedestrians …

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Caltrans' plan to build a tunnel connecting the Midcoast to Pacifica has run roughly $30 million over the state transportation agency's expect…

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Does anyone know when Devil's Slide tunnel will be open to traffic? It was first going to open fall 2011, then it was early in 2012. But I met…

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Caltrans officials now say the Devil's Slide tunnels won't be open to traffic until late 2012. That is more than a year later than the general…

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Sit down. You're not going to believe this: The work on the Devil's Slide tunnels will cost more and will take longer than you were originally…

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During debate over whether to construct the Devil's Slide tunnel in the 1990s, bumper stickers around town read "Safer, cheaper, faster." The …

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Kiewit Pacific workers have been on the ground at Devil’s Slide since 2006. Recently, the company has acknowledged delays in the tunnel project.

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A lawsuit over water service rights for a section of the Devil's Slide tunnel project is near settlement, according to sources close to the le…

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Kiewit Construction says it will take longer than anticipated to complete work on the Devil's Slide tunnels. The company blames the compositio…

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Plans for a crossing just south of the Devil's Slide tunnel will remain as originally designed, despite local pressure to reconsider the inter…

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Caltrans officials say workers at the Devil’s Slide tunnel project were never in danger, even after the agency recently shut down construction…

  • By Lily Bixler [ lily@hmbreview.com ]
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Caltrans officials say recent water tests at the Devil's Slide tunnels project found levels of hexavalent chromium up to three times the permi…

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Workers inside the Devil's Slide tunnels halted construction late last week when chromium was found during routine water-quality monitoring.

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Workers inside Devil's Slide tunnels halted construction late last week when chromium was found during routine water-quality monitoring. Proje…

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Safety concerns about the Devil's Slide southbound crossing will be addressed again today as state politicians meet with Caltrans and concerne…

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Concerns over a potential pedestrian crossing just south of the Devil’s Slide tunnels have prompted a host of politicians to ask for Caltrans …

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A Midcoast effort to reconsider safety at the southern portal of the Devil's Slide tunnel project got a boost in February when state and feder…

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On Jan. 18 construction crews removed the last of the soil from the northbound tunnel at Devil's Slide, completing a California Department of …

Back in May, author and performer Hester Schell was returning to California after a year of working in the film industry in Massachusetts, whe…

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Lars Howlett / Review Devil's Slide tunnel workers pose in the hole they punched on Friday. Caltrans staged a ceremonial 'punch through' at th…

“Let’s see the light at the end of the tunnel!” Caltrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi bellowed into the microphone at the northern portal…

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“Let’s see the light at the end of the tunnel!” a Caltrans spokesperson bellows into the microphone at the northern portal of the northbound D…

Diggers deep inside Devil’s Slide tunnel poked a small hole at the end of the north end of the northern bore Wednesday morning in preparation …

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Workers at Devil’s Slide expect their big carbide steel head drill to break through the northern end of the northbound tunnel on Friday. It’s …

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Tom LeRoux, a safety consultant for Caltrans, leads a tour through the Devil'€™s Slide tunnels project on Thursday.

With an over-exaggerated rounding of his headlamp, a tunnel worker deep inside the belly of the Devil’s Slide excavation signals right of way …

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Editor’s note: The following is a Louie Castoria blast from the past. This column originally appeared in 2008.

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Transportations plan to close Devil’s Slide from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today so they can stabilize the surrounding hillside.

UPDATE—Caltrans officials plan to close Highway 1 along Devil’s Slide for four hours on Wednesday, March 24, to stabilize a faulty hillside on…

Caltrans officials plan to close Highway 1 along Devil’s Slide on either Wednesday or Thursday – March 24 or March 25 – to conduct “serious” r…

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Caltrans says drillers recently hit the largest water pocket yet during the excavation of twin tunnels at Devil'€™s Slide.

Early this month, Devil’s Slide tunnel diggers tapped into the largest underground reservoir they’ve encountered to date, according to Caltran…

Earlier this month, Devil’s Slide tunnel diggers tapped into the biggest underground reservoir they’ve encountered to date, according to Caltr…

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I know there is much talk about turning Highway 1 on Devil’s Slide into a walking trail with parking lots at each end when the tunnel is compl…

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It’s easy to lose sight of the incremental progress on a construction project that costs hundreds of millions of dollars and takes years to co…

More than 100 people made their way into the hills overlooking Pacifica Friday morning, to the newly completed Devil’s Slide bridge, where the…

The twin tunnels under construction at Devil’s Slide will be named in honor of the congressman who worked for more than 20 years to find a sol…

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Today, Tom Lantos is remembered as, among many other even more notable things, the Coastside’s key to the federal piggy bank. He is commonly c…

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Both houses of the California Legislature Thursday approved a proposal to name the twin tunnels currently under construction at Devil's Slide …

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Our long-awaited tunnel, which will bypass Devil’s Slide on Highway 1 to the north of Half Moon Bay, is coming along nicely. I’m sure that Cal…

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The California Senate passed legislation to name the tunnels under construction at Devil’s Slide in honor of the late U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos.

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The California Senate passed legislation to name the tunnels under construction at Devil’s Slide in honor of the late U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos.

It has been hard to drive past Devil’s Slide for the past few months and not play the guessing game: When will the two ends of the bridge fina…

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One bridge almost down - make that up - and one more to go.

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The bridge is nearly joined at the north end of the Devil's Slide tunnels project.

State Sen. Leland Yee joined the tide of goodwill toward U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos last week when he announced plans to name the Devil's Slide tunn…

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California State Sen. Leland Yee announced Friday that he will ask the Legislature to name the Devil's Slide tunnels in honor of U.S. Rep. Tom…

Calling it the beginning of the end, Caltrans officials put the first - albeit largely ceremonial - dent in Montara Mountain Monday, marking t…

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About 150 people - including U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, second from left, and environmentalist Lennie Roberts, foreground - gathered Monday for a c…

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Machinery obscures the face of the tunnel entrance at Devil's Slide Monday.

Nothing about the $270 million Devil's Slide tunnels project seems easy. As Caltrans officials and contractors explained the step-by-step exca…

This morning Caltrans officials hoped to open the first of two planned detours on the southern end of Devil's Slide that are designed to allow…

The Cabrillo Unified School District governing board has officially named a contractor for the long awaited Cunha Intermediate School renovation.

As Coastsiders get a roadside view of the daily progress at the Devil's Slide tunnel project, another view is slowly emerging for U.S. Geologi…

Conventional wisdom indicates that you can't dig through a mountain without the help of a big machine. Also: two machines are better than one.

Conventional wisdom indicates that you can't dig through a mountain without the help of a big machine. Also: two machines are better than one.

About 150 dignitaries and ordinary Coastsiders gathered Monday morning at what will be the southern entrance to the tunnels at Devil's Slide f…

Motorists can expect traffic control measures overnight Tuesday, June 5, at Devil's Slide and a detour in place the following morning.

This week marks the year anniversary of the closure of Devil's Slide - four months in which Coastsiders had a devil of a time getting around. …

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Highway 1 at Devil's Slide was closed for two hours early Friday morning after a small rock slide blocked both lanes of the highway, said John…

Though construction bids for the proposed Devil's Slide tunnel came in Tuesday $32 million over an earlier Caltrans estimate, it appears the l…

The bids are in and Caltrans is looking at spending $32 million more than originally anticipated on the Devil's Slide tunnels. That cloud come…

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Thanksgiving marks the anniversary of the first publication of Quip Tide in the Half Moon Bay Review. It's been nine years since that first co…

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Work continues on the Pacifica end of planned tunnels that will one day render Devil's Slide a haven for pedestrians and bicyclists. Caltrans …

Another year has come and nearly gone. Wavecrest remains a field planted in controversy. Government squabbles persist. Traffic can be a bear.

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It’s been nearly six years since giant drills first began to bore into Montara Mountain in order to punch two tunnels at Devil’s Slide. Caltra…

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A Caltrans employee walks along the northbound tunnel at Devil’s Slide during a press tour of the project on Feb. 13. Officials now say the tu…

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Caltrans has tried to match the texture of the tunnel portals to that of the surrounding geology. In fact, the north portal, shown here, has a…

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A recent aerial photo shows a completed operations facility and a paved entrance into the south portal of the tunnels.

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Caltrans is leading a tour of the inside of the Devil's Slide tunnels on Wednesday. Press and dignitaries were among the first to see the road…

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The Devil’s Slide trail will be safer for visitors thanks to a recently approved county grant.

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The long-awaited opening of the Devil's Slide tunnels has been pushed back into early 2013. It is at least the third delay for a $342 million …

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Organizers have put the brakes on plans to charge to participate in the opening of the Devil’s Slide tunnels. The idea didn’t pass muster with…

  • By Sara Hayden [ sara@hmbreview.com ]
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If you've dreamed of being the first to coast through the Devil's Slide tunnels, which are slated to open late this year, the honor may be you…

  • By Stacy Trevenon [ stacy@hmbreview.com ]
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What can Coastsiders expect in the future, when the storied tunnel that cuts through Devil’s Slide and smoothly links Montara to Pacifica fina…

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While the tunnels will get most of the attention when they open at Devil’s Slide, many are anxiously awaiting the chance to hike and bike over…

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UPDATE: Both lanes of traffic has been re-opened just after 5 p.m. at Devil's Slide.

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Caltrans told a meeting of the ad-hoc Devil's Slide Task Force earlier this week that it will install a traffic light near the southern portal…

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Caltrans has picked up the $20,000 tab to settle a legal battle over water service rights for part of the Devil's Slide tunnel project.

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The Devil's Slide tunnel project has already dug through miles of impenetrable rock and layers of state and federal politics. Now comes the wa…

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Last month marked the inauguration of the Tom Lantos Tunnels at Devil’s Slide, the long-awaited portal from our small coastal community to the…

  • By Sara Hayden [ sara@hmbreview.com ]
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Travelers crossing Highway 1 at 2 a.m. on March 26 were among the first to use the new tunnels at Devil’s Slide. Guided by the flashing beacon…

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The Coastsiders Motorcycle Club joined a steady stream of motorists in taking one last drive over Devil’s Slide on Saturday.

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If you took one last drive to the north over the weekend, you weren’t alone. Many motorists, from the Coastside and beyond, took a nostalgic t…

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Kelly Huber of Moss Beach bicycles through the Tom Lantos tunnel at Devil's Slide Monday morning in advance of official speeches prepared for …

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Against the drum roll of the Half Moon Bay High School and Terra Nova High School bands, the ceremonial ribbon of the Tom Lantos Tunnels at De…

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Motorists travel over Devil's Slide today for the last time, as the Tom Lantos Memorial Tunnel is set to open late tonight.  Charles Russo/Review

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