SEASON 2 | EPISODE 6
This is our second story about Red Mountain this season and it is about the actual mountain. For decades there had been talk about tunneling through the mountain to help travelers coming from Homewood, Mountain Brook, and towns to the south. Officials even brought in a famous New York tunnel engineer to assess the plans. Finally, someone suggested they cut a slice out of the mountain and the rest is history.
Not only was travel over the mountain improved, but the Red Mountain Expressway Cut was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the United States Department of Interior and as a National Site of Geological Interest by the American Geological Institute. The strata exposed by the cut were formed over 160 million years of geologic time.
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