Sepulveda Tunnel runs
Drive and connects the
Valley with the west side of Los Angeles. Two lanes run
one runs south. It was opened in 1930. The tunnel
contains elements of Greek and
Inside, the tunnel is lined with tiles and has a tiny
Under Mulholland Drive
Coming up from the Valley, Sepulveda is a steep winding road with lots
of hairpin turns. Sleek sports cars slip past you before you
hear them. Fat, lumbering SUVs cut you off, making you wonder
about those rollover statistics. They are doiing
major work on the 405 so be aware that this stretch of over-used road
will be even more gridlocked than usual. At least it will
you more time to admire the architecture! Visit the Sepulveda Pass
Improvements page for more info on their progress...
Approaching from the
West Side, Sepulveda is fairly straight and steep. It runs
parallel with the 405 freeway until ducking into the hills.
night and on weekends Sepulveda has fairly light traffic.
means most people may be going pretty fast on this road.
have seen bicyclists going through this tunnel on the
It always reminds me of the beginning of that Warren Beatty movie where
he gets creamed in a tunnel. It is not a
structure you notice - unless it is rush hour. Then you will
plenty of time to ponder the facade. We do not
recommend wandering around this area on foot - or bicycle.
There is another Sepulveda
Tunnel which runs underneath LAX. This
is not marked, so we're just assuming it shares the same
A bent Falling Rock sign at the entrance to the
One lane runs north, into the San Fernando Valley.
The upper corners have this symbol. It could be a ram's head
two circles and a layered shield.
No longer a dirt highway, Sepulveda
Blvd. runs from
the southern edges
of Los Angeles to the north.
My sister helped me take this and most of the other photos. I
shot and she drove the getaway car.
Not a bad caper, eh?
A view of the facade facing
north. This side
has fading paint at
the top. As a result, the cement
texture and interesting shading shows through. Branches of
oak and vines hang down from above.
Just for a second pretend you
have discovered the secret entrance to a Roman temple.
The bottom of the Sepulveda Blvd.
appears Roman. A
tiny sidewalk for brave
souls runs through the tunnel. Outside the paint is unmatched
-- And don't you just want to
get a broom?
This side faces south. Fresh paint probably
means it is covering
graffiti. Under the ram's head is another architectural
framed in beveled cement. The element looks like an old
electrical outlet cover. It has bolts and appears to be metal under the
a link of a photo showing the opening of the
tunnel at The