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Oro Grande Underpass


0.00 -- Oro Grande Underpass.

This is a good place to start in time as well as space, because the underpass was built by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1925, in cooperation with the State Highway Department's road building project. There was a blind curve at the railroad crossing, thought to be one of the worst in the state. The Highway Department was anxious to get an undercrossing built there, but they had no money.

At the same time, the Santa Fe was realigning and adding to their track, double-tracking they called it, in the same reach. State Engineer E. Q. Sullivan was able to convince the railroad officials that if they would provide an undercrossing for the road, estimated to cost $30,000, the state would reconstruct the highway on a different alignment to allow for the track straightening. The taxpayers certainly got a good deal on this project, and the underpass is still in operation 76 years later.

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