Friday, August 27, 2010

commute time

The Caldecott Tunnel cuts through the East Oakland hills to connect Oakland to the adjoining county.  Since the 3rd bore was drilled in the 1960s, Contra Costa County has had a huge surge in population and is now a bedroom community to the East Bay and San Francisco.  You can see that commute time involves long waits to crawl through the tunnel.  Hopefully the 4th bore, due to be completed in 2013, will help alleviate this traffic snarl.  We'll see.  Tip:  During the most intense commute period, you can drive a winding road over the hills faster than you can drive through the tunnel.  Shhh, don't tell.  P.S.  Note the deer sign.  Even though we live in a highly urban area, wildlife is abundant.  Besides deer, it is common to see coyote, possum, skunks, and foxes.  On occasion, people spot mountain lions.  Really.


  1. Wow, doesn't seem like a good place for the wildlife to hang out. How does one get a photo like that? I always find some of the best shots seem to be from freeway overpasses, but they aren't good places to stop!

  2. The traffic sure doesn't look like fun, but it is a lot better than China's weeklong and 68 mile long traffic jam! Glad my commuting days are mostly finished.

  3. That fourth bore should have been drilled years ago...
    «Louis» turned the RANT switch off for today, so he won't go into that...

  4. Hei
    jeg er nybegynner med blogging og fotografering. Dine bilder er spennende og veldig bra historiefortelle om din hjemby. Flott