Broadway Tunnel (San Francisco)
|Location||San Francisco, California|
|Work begun||May 1, 1950|
|Opened||December 21, 1952|
|Owner||City of San Francisco|
|Operator||City of San Francisco|
|Traffic||Automotive and pedestrian|
|Length||.37 mi (0.60 km)|
|No. of lanes||4|
|Operating speed||40 mph (64 km/h)|
|Tunnel clearance||13.5 ft (4.1 m)|
The Broadway Tunnel (officially the Robert C. Levy Tunnel) is a roadway tunnel in San Francisco, California. The tunnel opened in 1952, and serves as a high-capacity conduit for traffic between Chinatown and North Beach to the east and Russian Hill and Van Ness to the west. In a proposal of the city's 1948 Transportation Plan, the tunnel was to serve as a link between the Embarcadero Freeway and the Central Freeway.
The Broadway Tunnel was named in honor of Robert C. Levy (1921-1985) in January 1986. Mr. Levy was the City Engineer and Superintendent of Building Inspection for the City and County of San Francisco. A plaque outside the tunnel reads, "He devoted his life to high standards of professionalism in engineering and to the City which he loved."
The east portal is located at 37.797,-122.412, just east of the Mason Street overpass. The west portal is located at 37.796,-122.418, just east of the Hyde Street overpass. Combined with these two overpasses, the tunnel provides for uninterrupted traffic flow along Broadway for a stretch of six blocks, between Powell Street on the east and Larkin Street on the west.
There is also a narrow sidewalk on both sides of the tunnel.
- De Leuw, Cather and Company (1948). A Report to the City Planning Commission on a Transportation Plan for San Francisco. OCLC 7431642.
- Kevin Wallace (21 December 1952). "The City's Tunnels: When S.F. Can't Go Over, It Goes Under Its Hills". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
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