I had a few questions yesterday about the tunnel that was in my area some years ago. Today I'm sharing a little more info on The Baytown La Porte Tunnel.
The two-lane tunnel was called the Baytown-La Porte Tunnel and was opened in 1953, replacing the Morgan's Point ferry. Like the name says, the 4,000-foot long tunnel connected Baytown and La Porte underneath the Houston Ship Channel.
It had the capacity to handle about 25,000 vehicles a day in its 36 feet diameter interior that included three inches of steel and concrete lining. After the Fred Hartman bridge was finished and open the tunnel was dismantled and moved away.
When I was in high school, many, many years ago, most of the boys had loud mufflers (pipes) on their cars. It was great fun to go through the tunnel and listen to those 'pipes' roar! The echo was awesome! It was fun at the time, and I would probably still think it fun today!
The only time going through the tunnel made me nervous was when I would go through either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. At that time the sun is low in the sky blinding you as you entered the tunnel. You couldn't see anything but a black hole in front of you, of course, once you passed a certain point you were out of the sunshine and into the lights of the tunnel. BTW, the tunnel was east/west....so either way you had full sun in your eyes.
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