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April 15, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Patricia Marroquin shot this photo of a "Los Angeles girl" roaming the colorful spiral tunnels of the Exxopolis Luminarium at UC Santa Barbara on April 4. She used a Canon PowerShot G1X.  The Architects of Air Luminarium, a balloon-like inflatable structure, stopped at the university April 3-7 and will  travel to various other cities throughout this U.S. this year.  Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by...
March 14, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Seventy feet below Wilshire Boulevard, cater-corner from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's street-lamp installation, fresh air roaring from giant ventilation pipes dulled the sickly sweet smell of petroleum. Amid the clatter of jackhammers and the whine of a mini-excavator, paleontologist Kim Scott scouted the tarry muck for relics from a long-buried beach. She had plenty of choices. Major construction on the highly anticipated Westside subway extension won't begin until next year, but an exploratory shaft dug at the corner of Ogden Drive to assess soil conditions for future stations and tunnels has burped up a bonanza of prehistoric swag.
October 6, 1994 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN
First portion of the subway, Segment 1, is open. The recent problems have occurred in Segment 2; federal funding for Segment 3 is in jeopardy. A chronology of mounting problems with construction and management of the multibillion-dollar Los Angeles subway project: 1993 * Aug. 29: The Times reports that numerous areas of the subway between Union Station and Pershing Square were built with concrete walls thinner than specified. * Aug.
March 14, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
A California appeals court has sided with landowners fighting the state over test drilling for a proposed water tunnel system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. In a 2-1 decision, an appeals panel ruled Thursday that the state needed to go through the eminent domain process to gain access to private property on which it wanted to take soil samples and conduct environmental surveys. The testing is necessary for the design and construction of two 30-mile tunnels that the state proposes to build as part of a delta replumbing project.
March 25, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning will celebrate completion of the state's first highway tunnels in nearly 50 years -- and commuters should be gliding through the engineering wonder on the San Mateo County coast early Tuesday. The $439-million dual tunnels at Devil's Slide between Pacifica and Montara were funded entirely by the federal government and came after decades of community debate. A citizens movement successfully defeated an earlier Caltrans proposal to build a four-lane freeway bypass that crtitics said would have opened the coast to new development.
January 19, 2009 | Jean Merl
It's the freeway controversy that just won't quit. The fight over whether to finish the 710 Freeway -- which stops just short of South Pasadena -- has been going on for more than half a century, with the records in a 1998 federal court case so voluminous that they filled some 500 cardboard file boxes.
October 4, 2012 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Federal authorities have linked a high-ranking Mexican organized crime member to two of the largest drug tunnels ever discovered under the San Diego-Tijuana border, according to a 13-count indictment announced Wednesday that details a far-flung operation that allegedly moved tons of marijuana across the border. Jose Sanchez-Villalobos, 49, is the highest-ranking member of the Sinaloa drug cartel ever charged in connection with the construction of underground tunnels, according to federal prosecutors in San Diego.
January 10, 2009 | Peter Spiegel and Jeffrey Fleishman
Some of them are said to be big enough to accommodate railroad cars. They may reach a depth of 60 feet, and are reported to be equipped with cables and electric motors that move food, fuel -- and probably some of the heaviest rockets that Hamas aims at Israel. They also are one of the main reasons fighting is continuing in the Gaza Strip.
July 26, 1998
I enjoyed Patt Morrison's delightful column on the Shakespeare Bridge and other bridges. Now perhaps she can get back on her motorcycle and tell us about the many tunnels, old and new, of Los Angeles. Cliff Dektar North Hollywood
July 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Cellphone service was restored in the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, which pass under the Hudson River to connect New Jersey and Manhattan, after being shut down because of security concerns as a result of the deadly bombings in London.
February 25, 2014 | By Nicholas Goldberg
It's been three months now since the city of Los Angeles, in its wisdom, slapped down the new, controversial bicycle lanes in the 2nd Street tunnel. Where there used to be four lanes of car traffic moving smoothly in both directions, there are now only two, plus a bike lane on either side. This is part of the city's ongoing efforts to make Los Angeles more bike-friendly. At the moment, there are about 350 miles of bike lanes in the city, among some 6,500 miles of streets. So how's it working out?
February 12, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
The 2nd Street tunnel is the latest flash point between drivers and bicyclists in downtown L.A. Both sides claim it as a key route into and out of downtown. With the addition of buffered bike lanes, drivers bemoan the loss of a driving lane and increased backups through the tunnel. You wouldn't know any of that, though, from this photo by Lizette Carrasco of a deserted tunnel on Friday night. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
January 23, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A decades-long effort to bring rail service directly to Los Angeles International Airport suffered a blow Thursday when transportation officials placed on the back burner a proposal for a light-rail tunnel under the terminal area, citing high costs and other risks. Metro will now primarily focus on routes that would leave the north-south Crenshaw/LAX Line as much as 1.5 miles east of the airport and rely on a circulator train to take passengers to their terminals. Barring a significant change, L.A. would soon have two light-rail routes that come near LAX but do not deliver passengers to their terminals, a problem that has puzzled and frustrated many civic leaders and transit users.
January 12, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
West Virginians saw signs of hope Sunday even as 300,000 people spent a fourth day under orders not to use their tap water after a chemical spill. "I believe we're at a point where we see light at the end of the tunnel," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. Water samples had shown positive signs that traces of a coal-cleaning chemical were slowly fading from the supply for nine counties, he said. There was still no timeline on when residents could use their water again, however, forcing residents and businesses to get creative on how they could safely cook, wash their hands and wash their clothes.
January 10, 2014 | By Thomas Curwen
Tony Brake had seen tunnel fires before, and given the tower of black smoke and what he could see of the flames, he feared this one was going to be bad. On a Saturday morning in July, a tanker truck carrying 8,700 gallons of gasoline flipped over, and the two-lane underpass connecting the northbound Glendale Freeway with the northbound 5 Freeway turned into a blast furnace. If the tunnel - which supports the 5 Freeway - were to fail, the freeway would collapse. Traffic would be snarled for months, and for a region just emerging from a recession, the economic impact could be severe.
December 15, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Maybe I've watched the movie "Chinatown" too many times, but a major justification for digging Gov. Jerry Brown's massive water tunnels just seems suspicious. Brown's not creating a drought by dumping water in the ocean and poisoning wells, as Noah Cross (John Huston) does in the classic film inspired by Los Angeles' draining of the Owens Valley. Developer Cross was selling L.A. voters on the need for a water bond to finance an aqueduct and reservoir. Brown and the water buffaloes - government bureaucrats, corporate farmers, urban expansionists - are peddling their own rationale for a $25-billion re-plumbing of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
October 2, 2005
The Times' arguments against proposed new tunnels under the mountains (editorial, Sept. 26) deserve a reply. On safety, tunnel engineering has advanced tremendously in the past 25 years. State-of-the-art tunnels include escape towers, emergency shelters, robust fire suppression systems and special accident response/rescue systems. The many long tunnels (five to 10 miles) in Europe and Japan have an excellent safety record. If safety is such a concern, why did The Times support the Red Line subway tunnel beneath the Santa Monica Mountains?
July 9, 1987 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Pedestrian tunnels built in the 1920s and 1930s as a way across busy streets have become smelly, dangerous lairs for gangs, graffiti artists and drunken slumberers. "It's a rat's nest. I wouldn't go under there if you paid me," Jeanette Owens said the other day as she surveyed the trash-littered entrance to a pedestrian tunnel on Fletcher Drive near Atwater Avenue in Atwater. Because many people feel the same way, the city in recent years has sealed off more and more of Los Angeles' 221 tunnels.
November 6, 2013 | By Martha Groves
A mountain lion killed last month by a motorist on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills was a visitor from the north that would have brought new genetic material to the isolated cougar population in the Santa Monica Mountains, the National Park Service said Wednesday. His death spotlights the importance of creating a wildlife corridor at Liberty Canyon that would enable mountain lions, bobcats and other animals to safely pass under one of the region's busiest highways, said Seth Riley, a specialist in urban wildlife with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service.
November 5, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A $16.5-million project to repair a tunnel linking the northbound 5 and 2 freeways, which was charred by a fuel-tanker fire in July, will start Tuesday and adhere to an "ambitious and aggressive" construction schedule, officials announced. The tunnel sustained severe damage after the  tanker truck, which was carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel, overturned July 13 and caught fire. Beyond creating a massive traffic headache,  "intense heat from the fire caused  extensive damage to the pavement , walls, support columns, drainage and lighting," according to the California Department of Transportation.
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