Guajataca Tunnel is a railroad tunnel that connected the town of Isabela and Quebradillas, Puerto Rico. The tunnel is one of the most significant work of the remnants of the national railway system that connected the island during the first half of the twentieth century. In 2000, the Government of Puerto Rico declared it a historical monument.
The American Railroad Co. of Puerto Rico began construction of the tunnel around 1904 during the expansion of the northern line towards the west of the island. The tunnel connected the towns of Quebradillas and Isabela on the Guajataca River canyon. The construction was completed with the excavation of two tunnels on each side of the canyon. They were joined by a steel viaduct 250 feet (76.2 m) long at an elevation of 40 metres (131 ft) above the river level.
The tunnel is open to the public. The tunnel leads to "Guajataca beach" known for its white sand, raging surf, and dangerous turbulent waters.
Present View of the train tunnel and coast of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico
- "Para declarar monumento histórico el Túnel de Guajataca del Municipio de Isabela" (in Spanish). LexJuris. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
- Frommer's Portable Puerto Rico. 2007. p. 183. ISBN 0-470-10052-4.
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