September 17, 2007 was the first day of the Big Dig. The People's Tunnels are now officially under construction, as Caltrans begins scooping out twin bores from the south side of San Pedro Mountain to the north. On the Pacifica side of the three-year, $330 million project, the giant bridge rising above Shamrock Ranch will bring Highway 1 traffic up to the tunnel level. At yesterday's groundbreaking ceremony, Congressman Tom Lantos honored tunnel visionary Lennie Roberts, calling the Devil's Slide solution "the people's tunnels." All along, this has been the moniker suggested by our own tunnel visionary, Pacifican Mitch Reid, who helped lead the fight against the old mountain-busting freeway bypass, and then the fight for the mountain-saving tunnels alternative.