Robin Williams Tunnel Gets New Signs Up on Waldo Grade


Robin Williams Tunnel Gets New Signs Up on Waldo Grade


The new tunnel connecting the Golden Gate bridge to Marin County named after the late actor has been official several months after its name legislation.
Robin Williams Tunnel has been official several months after its name legislation. The rainbow-arched tunnel connecting the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County in California has gotten its signs up on Waldo Grade.

According to SFGate, the signs, one on each side of the tunnel, were installed by Caltrans on February 29. It was several months after the California state legislature approved a bill to change the tunnel's name in honor of Robin. The tunnel was unofficially known as the Waldo Tunnel or the Rainbow Tunnel.

"Robin Williams was a friend to the North Bay community of the San Francisco Bay area," the bill read. "He would often drop in unannounced at comedy nights at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. There he would encourage young, budding comedians. He did so with kindness and humility and many comedians aspired to perform with the same level of wit and insight as Robin Williams."





Back in 2015, a woman named Julie Wainwright started a Change.org petition to rename the tunnel to honor Robin, who passed away in August 2014. "He was my neighbor, I often saw him running errands, walking the dog, performing at the local theater, working at the coffee shop," Julie wrote on the campaign page. "Robin wasn't just an international icon, he was an integral part of our community here in the Bay Area. We claim him as our own."

Julie shared a picture of the tunnel on Tuesday, March 1, captioning it, "#RobinWillaims Tunnel is now official. Driving through the rainbow to or from San Francisco to Marin-remember Robin." The signs, reportedly cost $3,000, were paid for with private donations.




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