A rainbow-arched tunnel in the San Francisco Bay Area has been named after the late actor Robin Williams, after the California state legislature approved the change this week. Known as the Rainbow Tunnel or Waldo Tunnel, the channel connected Marin County and the Golden Gate Bridge. Williams, who took his own life last August, was a longtime resident of Tiburon, California, in Marin County. A woman from Marin County started a Change.org petition to rename the tunnel in his honor last year.
The newly named Robin Williams Tunnel. (Shruti Rathnagiriswaran / Flickr)
"Robin Williams was a friend to the North Bay community of the San Francisco Bay area," reads the bill, which the California Senate passed on Wednesday. "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."
A spokesman for the California Department of Transportation tells The Los Angeles Times that signs for the Robin Williams Tunnel should be installed by early fall.