Sepia Scenes returns, and we continue the search for subjects that may be enhanced by this warming monochrome. Today it is a tunnel bored through an outcropping called West Rock between New Haven and Hamden.
This seven-mile long ridge that tops out at a height 700 feet (215 m), and consists of trap rock with a vertical motif, and what warms up well in Sepia but gray rock? The rock itself is part of the Metacomet that extends from Long island Sound to Vermont. And what warms up gray rock better than Sepia?
We are now Inside the West Rock / Heroes Tunnel that carries CT Route 15 through the ridge since 1949.
CT Roads describes the tunnel as follows: “The 1,200-ft dual-bore facility is the only highway tunnel in New England going through a land feature. The hill at West Rock State Park isn't particularly tall, but tunneling through it proved to be the best choice… The tunnel was built in less than a year for $2.5 million ($25 million today)…it’s hard to conceive of a tunnel being built that cheaply from scratch today”
Unlike the grand tunnels like the Lincoln and Holland in NYC, the low cost meant no stylish additions like off-white ceramic wall tiles to brighten up the interior. So, a light antique sepia improves on the usual gray concrete I’d say…
Mary, we all await the 100th Sepia Scenes!