Fort McHenry Tunnel - Construction - 1985

The following 21 photos are of the construction of the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland. They were taken while I was on an ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) field trip to the project.

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This group of 21 photos were taken on the same day in September 1985, in the same photo session.
Bore 2 (westbound inner), looking east. Near the lowest point under mid-harbor. All work has been completed in this area except line painting.
I was standing in a similar place as in the previous photo, but looking in the opposite direction (in the direction that traffic will be moving in).
Similar to previous photo, but about 100 feet further down the tunnel, and in the other traffic lane.
Bore 2 (westbound inner), near east portal, looking west.
Similar to previous photo, but from the other (right) traffic lane.

The 4 bores have almost identical designs.

Bore 2 (westbound inner), looking east toward east portal. The film used greatly exaggerates the contrast, and the high-intensity portal transition lighting is turned off, but I decided to post this photo anyway.
These are part of the main electrical transformer arrays in the East Ventilation Building.
The traffic control center for the Fort McHenry Tunnel is located on an upper floor of the East Ventilation Building. There are 64 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the tunnels and on the open approaches to the tunnel, and there are 64 CCTV monitors in the control room (the fourth group of 16 is beyond the right edge of the photo). Each horizontal black band with the adjacent row of monitors, represents one traffic tube, and there are signal light indicators on the panel that represent the signal lights in the tunnels. The computer control console to the left controls the surveillance and traffic control systems.
From an upper window of the East Ventilation Building, looking east toward the 24-lane-wide toll plaza and the elevated I-95 in the distance. Wide angle lens (35 mm).
From an upper window of the East Ventilation Building, looking east toward the 24-lane-wide toll plaza and the elevated I-95 in the distance. Regular lens (50 mm 1.0x).

 

From an upper window of the East Ventilation Building, looking east toward the 24-lane-wide toll plaza and the elevated I-95 in the distance. Looking over the eastbound portals. Notice the three dividers that separate the toll booth traffic into the 4 roadways as the open approach enters the tunnel portals at the bottom of the photo. The bridge visible above the right side of the toll plaza canopy is the elevated I-895 Harbor Tunnel Thruway, which slants downward to the right into the Harbor Tunnel portal at the right edge of the photo.
The East Ventilation Building. I am standing near the harbor, looking at the backside of the ventilation building.
I-95 northbound, looking east (I-95 runs east-west in the immediate Fort McHenry Tunnel area).
I-95 northbound, looking east. Same vantage point as previous photo, but with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens instead of the 50 mm (1.0x) lens used in previous photo. The west tunnel portals are visible ahead, as is the point where the four-lane I-95 northbound roadway divides into two separate two-lane roadways. Each tunnel tube is two lanes wide, and each direction of I-95 has two separate two-lane tunnel tubes.
Similar to the previous photo, but I am standing on top of the median barrier.
This is southbound I-95, looking west (in the direction of traffic). This is generally on the same station of the highway as the three previous photos, but on the opposite side of the highway. I-95 has a westerly pair of local ramps just west of the Fort McHenry Tunnel, and one of them is visible in this photo.
Same vantage point as the previous photo, but with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens instead of the 50 mm (1.0x) regular lens used in previous photo. I-95 rises up onto an elevated viaduct ahead.
Same general area as the previous photo, a couple hundred feet down the highway, regular lens. The asphalt gore is the divider between the two separate two-lane westbound roadways which came out of the tunnel behind me, which transition back to one single four-lane roadway. The I-95 roadway is constructed of continuously reinforced concrete pavement.
The open west approach, leading to the tunnel portals ahead.
The open west approach, leading to the tunnel portals ahead. Same vantage point as the previous photo, but with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens instead of the 50 mm (1.0x) regular lens used in the previous photo.
Similar vantage point to the previous photo, but I'm standing a couple roadways over to the left.

All photos taken by Scott Kozel.

Copyright 2003 by Scott Kozel. All rights reserved. Reproduction, reuse, or distribution without permission is prohibited.

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