Now Hear This: Tunnel Carries Radio
Engineering Students' Project Has Squirrel
Hill Tunnel 'Wired'
PITTSBURGH, Updated 4:06 p.m. EDT October 20, 2000 --
Parkway East rush hour traffic may never ease, but commuters can now
enjoy continued radio programming throughout their trip.
WTAE-TV's Shannon Perrine reports that FM radio signals are
available inside of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel.
An antenna has been installed as a community service project by a
group of engineering students from Carnegie Mellon University.
The inbound lane's wiring has been in service for a week and the
outbound lane is to be completed this weekend.
An antenna placed outside of the tunnel transmits the radio
signal to an amplifier. The signal is then carried along an interior
antenna running through the tunnel air ducts.
The tunnel wire currently receives FM only. The AM feed may be
It cost $2,800 to wire both sides of the tunnel, which was lower
than a commercial bid of about $60,000.
Plans are being discussed to wire the Fort Pitt and Liberty
tunnels as well, but no definitive times have been set.
For more information on the students and their tunnel projects,
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