Single-Lane Tunnels (very cool)

by Spaceman One-Seven May. 08, 2018 556 views

I'm working on the photos from the journey to South Dakota, but I thought I'd share two from (literally) the road... On the way from Mount Rushmore to Custer State Park, one can choose to drive 16a, the Iron Mountain Road. There are warnings that very large vehicles should find another route, but since I was not that large, proceeded further. It turned out that the Iron Mountain Road was a twisting, turning, 2-lane road with pigtail bridges (the car turned 360 degrees), 14 switchbacks and 3 one-lane tunnels, cut through the rock. It was awesome. My favorite feature were the one-lane tunnels, one of which is pictured below.

As I was driving through, the view through the trees caught my eye and I had to park the truck, get out and shoot the picture. Below is an enlargement of the view through the trees...

Depending on the resolution of the site, you should be able to see the faces on Mount Rushmore - somebody had planned ahead.

The next "road" feature is another one-lane tunnel, this one on the Needles Highway. I shot it with my iPhone from the driver's seat - before I proceeded.

I really enjoyed the challenge, but was blessed with light traffic and side mirrors that fold. I can't imagine what these must be like in summer when lots of visitors need to pass through.

Well, that's all there is for this short post. I'll get working on photos from the Badlands and Rushmore for another post.

Until then, Spaceman17

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Greg Blackburn 1 year, 7 months ago

#2 you said.  Someone was planning ahead.  Love those kind of details.

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Leroy Mcgallian 2 years ago

That is pretty amazing, all hand done except for a little dynamite.

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Paul Sickorez 2 years ago

Love the engineering

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