Airport Freeway Tunnel
Posted 29 July 2008 - 11:50 AM
Posted 29 July 2008 - 12:12 PM
Posted 30 July 2008 - 11:26 PM
Also, check out this website - TexasFreeway.com
I'm almost certain that the 360/183 Interchange was completed 1981. The tunnel was definitely gone in the 1980's.
Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:29 AM
Posted 31 July 2008 - 04:09 PM
I've been to tat site and agree it is most comprehensive. Beautiful pictures, old and new. But the only reference I found to the "tunnel" was in the form of an uncertain recollection:
"The old highway tunnel which used to pass under Runway 17/35 was not
demolished until 1989 or 1991 (can't remember exactly, but it was one of
the 2 summers that I was home from college).”
My recollection of the tunnel also dates to the early 90's, but I still have not seen a declarative date.
Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:42 PM
Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:48 PM
Posted 31 July 2008 - 10:43 PM
Gosh, I remember that tunnel quite well! My sister used to call it "The Snake." As we would drive into it, it felt like we were heading into the mouth of a huge, long reptile. Not once did I ever see all of the interior lights working; well over half of them always seemed to be turned off, burnt out, and/or full of dead bugs. It was an incredibly long tunnel.
I live not far from the site of that tunnel and I think the reason for its existence was because one of the runways for the old Great Southwest Airport crossed over Hwy 183. That airport has since been demolished and very few traces of it remain. Part of an old taxiway or runway still exists, as the northern tail end of Amon Carter Blvd. Once it crosses Hwy 183, it's blocked off and you can see buses parked on it, with grass growing up between the cracks. I think there's a big yellow "X" painted on the end of it, which tells pilots "Don't try to land here!"
If you look very closely from an airliner's window seat as you take off from DFW Airport toward the south, you may still be able to see the different shades of grass that still show the outlines of where the old runways of GSA were. The main entrance to GSA featured a semicircle of trees that were planted there, and those trees are still there today. People who see them but are unfamiliar with their source may wonder what incredible coincidence of nature made those trees grow in a perfect semicircle out in the middle of a field.
Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:01 PM
Great site, it states that the 183 tunnel was built in 1964 and demolished in 1988.
The newspaper article dated May 1988 seals the deal for me. My memory is proven wrong yet again.
Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:58 PM
We had the same routine of our dad honking the horn as we passed through the tunnel, it makes me wonder how many others did the same and why. It's funny, the little things that make kids happy.
Posted 03 August 2008 - 01:46 PM
I have a copy of the satellite view saved as a jpeg but don't know to embed it here....
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