Long-awaited Devil's Slide tunnels unveiled with grand opening ceremony 

Caltrans on Monday held a grand opening event to celebrate the completion of the long-awaited Devil's Slide-bypass tunnels.

The ceremony was hosted by local politicians, transportation officials, and the wife and daughter of the late U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, the Peninsula lawmaker for whom the tunnels are named.

The tunnels run 4,200 feet in length and cost $439 million to build. The state of the art passageways boast 32 jet-powered fans and 10 fireproof shelters to protect the public.

Devil's Slide is the treacherous span of state Highway 1 that snakes through the steep coastline between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay. Caltrans has closed the stretch several times for repairs following landslides, the longest being 158 days in 1995.

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