KUSA - We made morning TV history with the latest edition of our Where In The Town secret places series, as Gregg Moss took us behind the scenes of one of the highest motor vehicle tunnels in the world.
The Eisenhower Tunnel is officially know as the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel. Not only is it one of the highest tunnels of its kind in the world, it is the longest mountain tunnel in the U.S. interstate highway system.
Completed in 1979, it was one of the last major pieces of the Interstate Highway system to be completed. The westbound bore is named after President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The eastbound bore is named for Edwin C. Johnson, a governor and U.S. Senator who lobbied for an interstate highway to be built across Colorado.
The height of the tunnels is 48 feet. You don't notice that when driving through. That's because the air ducts are above a suspended ceiling.
More than 300 million vehicles have gone through the tunnels since they opened, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is very proud of the fact there has never been a fatal crash inside.
During our visit, Gregg spent time with the fire safety team that is ready to respond to any emergency at a moment's notice. He also visited the facility's command and control headquarters. No other morning tv crew has been granted this kind of access to this Colorado landmark.
For more on the tunnels, please visit: Eisenhower Tunnel Official Site
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