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Devil’s Slide park may open sooner

Caltrans slated to relinquish property to county in late summer or fall

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:31 am

Caltrans is currently doing nightly construction work along the north and south approaches to the Devil’s Slide tunnels. Sources say that inconvenience to drivers today may lead to an earlier than anticipated opening of the county park planned for the area.

The work taking place overnight this week is part of Caltrans’ plan to relinquish the old Devil’s Slide roadway to San Mateo County. Caltrans is currently paving parking areas at the north and south ends of the portal to be used by park visitors.

Chris Hunter, legislative aide to County Supervisor Don Horsley, says relinquishment is planned for late summer or fall. He anticipates the park could open several weeks after that but stresses it is dependent upon Caltrans’ schedule.

“We’re hoping to be opening it earlier,” Hunter says. “We didn’t want the public to have to wait a year. It’s going to be very exciting, but we’re not doing anything until Caltrans finishes their project.”

The one-way traffic controls will begin at 7 p.m. nightly and finish the following morning at 7 a.m. every day through Friday. This is at least the third such instance of Devil’s Slide construction in recent weeks. The tunnels opened in April.

Caltrans spokesman Vince Jacala confirmed plans for a summer or fall date for handing over the property to the county and added that more construction is possible.

“There may be (more) coming up, but I don’t know the exact time,” Jacala said. “Construction lets us know when they know. These closures are necessary to prepare for relinquishment of the old Devil’s Slide to the county.”

The park will include a new section of the California Coastal Trail. There will be parking, restrooms and informational kiosks at either side of the tunnels.

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