Devil's Slide reopening: June 30 This Half Moon Bay Review article has the details.
Former Devil's Slide status
According to the Half Moon Bay Review, installation of rock fall protection netting is complete. Contractors are in the process of completing drilling on an interlocking weave of 280 30-foot-deep holes in the roadbed. Three layers of holes in five-foot increments are also being drilled into the cliffside below. Number 9 rebar tested to withstand 25,000 pounds of tension will be inserted in the holes to help hold the roadbed in place. The holes will then be filled with grout to create a tight seal.
HMB Review Headlines and Letters[May 24]
- FRONT PAGE: Caltrans updates tunnel estimate. Caltrans says $120 million for a tunnel. Some disagree. This Half Moon Bay Review article has the details.
- Lottery will decide Slide's first driver
- A picture of a Caltrans worker removing pro-tunnel signs notes that Caltrans doesn't permit signs on "their" right-of-way.
HMB Review Headlines and Letters[April 26]
- FRONT PAGE: Pacifica asks for tunnel info. Will request all info that Caltrans has. Full text of the article is here. The article includes some interesting facts on oft-disputed claims.
- Work has begun on a $273,000 contract to install rock netting. Contract for final phase of repairs to be awarded May 4. Work expected to take 50 days.
- The entire Letters page is full of wonderfully-eloquent letters from many viewpoints. They currently have a backlog of 65 letters! [we have several of them online below].
HMB Review Headlines and Letters[April 19]
- CPR1 founder quits anti-bypass group. Believes dimissing the MDA is "shortsighted".
- Bids to construct rock netting above highway awarded. Work to start.
- Mid-Coast Community Council has opening. Letters of intent due May 10.
- Letter -- "...intransigent city councils like that of Half Moon Bay prolong the conflict when they expediently disregard valid considerations."
- Letter -- "Since it's not the most practical place for most of us to live, I suspect most of us live on the coast for aesthetic reasons and therefore aesthetics should be considered highly by CalTrans, et al."
- Letter -- "We are the citizens and taxpayers of this coastal community who are fed up with environmentalists. We are the silent majority."
- Letter -- "We owe it to ourselves, and our politicians owe it to us, to investigate [the tunnel] thoroughly."
- Phone -- "I think we should concentrate on getting Highway 1 fixed."
HMB Review Headlines and Letters [April 12]
- Leadership is courage to build bypass, an opinion column by Supervisor Nevin. [see editorial comment]
- SF students take a class on the Devil's Slide bypass
- Slide repairs hit a snag; major work two weeks off. "That was a disappointment," said Caltrans' Jerry Hauke of the unmet starting date.
- Deadline for storm disaster aid extended
HMB Review Headlines and Letters[April 5]
- Board majority rejects bid for tunnel study. Heuning claims request is 'disruptive and polarizing'.
- No second chance with Devil's Slide Solution
"An inland bypass of Highway 1 at Devil's Slide would be the ugliest scar and most significant
development ever inflicted on the coast." -- Marc DesJardins, Managing Editor, HMB Review
- Bypass sound walls meet noisy complaints. Article notes that 5300 feet of sound walls are proposed.
- Anti-Sierra Club letter from Senator Kopp, claims to not "have issued any public announcement for nearly nine years". [This stands in stark contrast to public statements made on the record -- Ed.]
HMB Review Headlines [March 22]
- "Sound walls proposed to lower bypass noise"
- "Council sticks to its guns; pledges bypass support"
- "Slide weathers recent storms"
Other news items
- material on the tunnel proposal (see below).
- "A tunnel will never be built in my lifetime." -- Caltrans spokesman at the MCCC meeting March 21st.
- Caltrans meetings for Caltrans Public Notice of a new Environmental Impact Study. Dates and details....
- Road not slipping yet, in spite of heavy rain. Caltrans reports holes forming down deep.
- Sierra Club offers to drop suit if CalTrans chooses tunnel. CalTrans says they can't be trusted.
- Independent group of geologists and engineers recommend tunnel worth investigating. Suggest it may be safest, quickest, and cheapest solution.
- CalTrans repairs on Hwy 1 may not be done until Labor Day. Latest storms may cause more delays.
- County Commissioners approval of the bypass. Bypass proponents suggest the Commissioners want a bypass. The rest of the story is this: when they voted approval a few years ago, they were presented with only two choices. Choice one -- big bypass. Choice two -- small bypass. No other options (tunnel, MDA, Modified MDA, permanent repair) were offered as choices. Their choice? Small bypass.
- HMB Review reports that Anna Eshoo says tunnel funding a possibility to the tune of $100M. Eshoo insists she was misquoted.
- Citizen reports tree growing in drainage pipes at the Slide.
- Half Moon Bay City Council vote unanimously to recommend the bypass.
- Caltrans says Bypass is funded to approx. $70M + inflation.
- State Senator Quentin Kopp urges Sierra Club to call it quits.
- HMB Councilman insists anti-bypass protesters are being imported from out of the area. Cites a question about location of downtown shopping area by a woman coming out of the Chamber of Commerce informational meeting as evidence.
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