May 5: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1938:  The State of California awards a contract for the reconstruction of the Newhall Pass highway alignment between the San Fernando Valley and the Mojave Desert.

More information can be found in the January, 1940 issue of California Highways and Public Works.



1989:  Almost three years after the initial groundbreaking ceremony, the Metro Red Line tunnel breaks through at Civic Center Station, marking the first station connection to Union Station.