Vail answers: Who is Johnson Tunnel named after?
Who is Edwin Johnson of the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnel fame right up the road?
The eastbound bore of the tunnel is named after Colorado politician Edwin C. Johnson, who was born in 1884 and died in 1970. Between 1931 and 1957, he served in several high-ranking posts, including Colorado lieutenant governor, governor and U.S. senator.
In each of those positions, Johnson fought for an interstate highway across Colorado.
In 1978, the state Legislature passed a resolution requesting that the bore be named after Johnson, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation Web site.
Construction on the bore began in 1975, and it opened in 1979.
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