SILVER LAKE — It would cost about $160,000 and more than a year to permanently seal off a pedestrian tunnel underneath Sunset Boulevard that officials say has become filled with trash and a haven for drug users.
The cost and construction estimates from the Bureau of Engineering were provided in response to a request by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell to have the 75-foot-long tunnel underneath Sunset Boulevard at Golden Gate Avenue closed for good after years of complaints. The eight-foot wide tunnel was constructed in 1924 to create a safe passage for pedestrians walking to and from Micheltorena Street Elementary.
The $160,000 estimate include the design and project management, demolition, construction of concrete closure slabs, new curbs, gutters, ramps as well as the relocation of utilities. Completing the project – including design, seeking bids and construction – would take about 13 months.
The city, however, has not yet budgeted funds for the tunnel closure.
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