- Houston tunnel system
The Houston tunnel system is a system of tunnels 6 m (about 20 ft) below
Houston's downtown street system. The system is 10 km long (6-7 mi depending on the source), and forms a network of subterranean, climate-controlled, pedestrian walkways that link 95 full city blocks.
Today's Tunnel is a series of underground passageways that, with above-ground skywalks, link office towers to hotels, banks, corporate and government offices, restaurants, retail stores, and the Theater District. Only one building,
Wells Fargo Plaza, offers direct access from the street to the Tunnel; otherwise, other entry points are from street-level stairs, escalators, and elevators located inside buildings that are connected to the tunnel. Most of the tunnel system is located in the western half of downtown Houston.
The Harris County tunnel at the far north side of downtown is not connected to the rest of the system by either tunnels or skywalks. This portion connects Harris County courts, jails, and associated buildings totaling 10 blocks. Six blocks of the St. Joseph Medical Center is connected via skywalks at the southeast corner of downtown near the Pierce elevated.
Other parts not connected to the main tunnel system are the skywalk connections between the Hilton-Americas Hotel and
George R. Brown Convention Center, the skywalk connections at the Toyota Center, and at the Houston Public Library.
* [http://www.houstondowntown.com/Home/GeneralInfo/GettingAround/Maps/AboveBelow/Above%20&%20Below%20Map.PDF Map in PDF format]
* [http://www.houstondowntown.com/Home/GeneralInfo/GettingAround/TunnelSkywalkSystem/ Downtown Houston Streets and Tunnels]
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