• Short Summary

    BLASTING AND BORING OPERATIONS ON THE GREAT ST BERNARD ROAD TUNNEL WILL BE COMPLETED ON APR 5 WHEN THE LAST 3-METRE THICKNESS OF SOLID ROCK STILL BLOCKING THE SHAFT IS REMOVED FOR THE OFFICIAL INAUGURATION.

  • Description

    1.
    GV PAN... GREAT ST. BERNARD.
    0.10

    2.
    LV ROAD WORKS ON ACCESS ROUTE.
    0.13

    3.
    CU SIGNBOARD.
    0.17

    4.
    SV PAN... FROM LORRY TO COVERED ACCESS ROUTE.
    0.22

    5.
    ANGLE V... PAN... INCOMPLETE CONCRETE STANCHIONS.
    0.27

    6.
    LV PAN... ZOOM IN FROM ACCESS ROUTE TO TUNNEL MOUTH.
    0.36

    7.
    LV LOOKING INTO TUNNEL.
    0.40

    8.
    LV TUNNEL MOUTH SEEN FROM INSIDE.
    0.43

    9.
    SV PAN... LIGHTS ALONG TUNNEL WALL.
    0.47

    10.
    CU PAN... TUNNEL WALL TO REMAINING ROCK SECTION.
    1.01

    11.
    CU PAN... LAY-BY IN TUNNEL WALL.
    1.07

    12.
    CU ZOOM IN BORE HOLES IN ROCK SECTION.
    1.15

    13.
    CU WORKMEN.
    1.18

    14.
    SV DITTO.
    1.21

    15.
    LV BULLDOZER IN TUNNEL.
    1.29

    16.
    GV GREAT ST. BERNARD.
    1.33



    Initials KJ/S/MR/LW


    EDITORS: FOR EARLIER SCENES SEE PROD 6881/60

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: BLASTING AND BORING OPERATIONS ON THE GREAT ST BERNARD ROAD TUNNEL WILL BE COMPLETED ON APR 5 WHEN THE LAST 3-METRE THICKNESS OF SOLID ROCK STILL BLOCKING THE SHAFT IS REMOVED FOR THE OFFICIAL INAUGURATION. IT WILL BE ANOTHER YEAR BEFORE THE 3 1/2-MILE TUNNEL IS FULLY EQUIPPED TO FULFILL ITS TASK AS AN NEW MAJOR ROAD LINK BETWEEN ITALY AND SWITZERLAND.

    ON THE SWISS SIDE, TO THE NORTH, A SPECIAL ACCESS ROUTE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, PROTECTED BY A REINFORCED CONCRETE ROOF AGAINST LANDSLIDE AND AVALANCHES. ON THE SOUTHERN SIDE, THE TUNNEL IS BEING LINKED TO THE ITALIAN HIGHWAY SYSTEM.

    FOR MORE THAN FOUR YEARS, THE SWISS GREAT ST BERNARD TUNNEL COMPANY AND THE ITALIAN SISTRAB CONTRACTORS HAVE BEEN WORKING THEIR WAY INTO THE ROCK FROM EITHER SIDE OF THE BORDER, DRIVING AN ALMOST HORIZONTAL SEMICIRCULAR SHAFT THROUGH THE MOUNTAIN RANGE, SOME 2,500 FEET BENEATH THE HIGHEST ELEVATION. VERTICAL ROCK STRATA OF VARYING DENSITY MADE BLASTING A DELICATE PRECISION JOB.

    LINED WITH AN INTERIOR CONCRETE MANTLE, CAST IN HUGE SECTIONS ON THE SPOT, THE TUNNEL - ABOUT 25FT WIDE AND 22FT HIGH - IS VENTILATED BY CEILING AIR DUCTS. HALFWAY ALONG THE TUNNEL, IN THE LONGER SWISS SECTION, USED AIR IS DRAWN OFF THROUGH AN EXHAUST SHAFT EXTENDING NEARLY 1,200 FT UPWARDS AND EMERGING ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE.

    A SPECIAL FEATURE OF THE TUNNEL IS THE INCLUSION OF AN OIL DUCT UNDERNEATH THE TUNNEL FLOOR - PART OF A PIPELINE BEING BUILT BY THE ITALIAN STATE OIL CORPORATION TO CONNECT THE SWISS TOWN OF AIGLE WITH THE PORT OF GENOA.

    WHEN THE TUNNEL IS OPENED TO TRAFFIC - IN THE SUMMER OF 1963, IT IS HOPED - IT IS EXPECTED TO CARRY SOME 300,000 VEHICLES ANNUALLY. IN VIEW OF THE PROGRESSIVE EXPANSION OF EUROPEAN CAR SALES, THIS ESTIMATE MAY WELL BE DESCRIBED AS MODEST.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE4EMFTU8KDDWXTJKUMQ5M9RWE
    Media URN:
    VLVAE4EMFTU8KDDWXTJKUMQ5M9RWE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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