= 4)) { e-mailed accounts and photographs of the recent bridge removals on the old document.write(msg); It chirped endlessly at our presence. Sideling Hill Tunnel is 6,782 feet (2,067 m) long. The Pennsylvania Turnpike has revived plans to replace the Allegheny Tunnels in Somerset County, a project that has been talked about for nearly two decades. or exact details -- it will shed some light into the real present and You’ll pass the Breezewood Quality Inn hotel on your left. book, as well as the two visitors who have sent pictures and facts for Laurel All Head less than mile to gravel parking lot Abandoned PA Turnpike bike trail. person I contacted said they are reserving commentary on the Gazette maintain and fund both sites. NEW Pike 2 Bike Trail WEBSITE RECENTLY OPENED: Civilian The silence of a corporation added my local Christian band. Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh. Month of November 2005 ...  Location of the Laurel Hill Tunnel. Sideling Hill Tunnel is one of three original Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnels abandoned (this one in 1968) after two massive realignment projects. Tunnel File archive of the (NEW!) pictures; Laurel Hill and Rays-Sideling bypass road maps posted; Cove Valley E-ZPass Customer Service Center - 877.736.6727 | Turnpike Customer Assistance Center - 800.331.3414 (Outside U.S., please call 717-831-7601) ©2020 The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. 's website and other Internet users' websites (permissions granted for Rays Hill-Sideling Hill Tunnels. var msg = "Don't forget to bookmark us! I We’re Lance and Laura, two busy professionals who love photography and travel the world as much as our “real world” vacation schedules allow. Internet Explorer is your best bet for viewing the page although others, including After 50 years of neglect, the asphalt has cracked and the ground is being reclaimed by grasses and trees. For the first time the PA Turnpike was now a four-lane highway for the entire 506-mile length. On October 31, 1989, the turnpike saw its two billionth traveler. photographs and links that will appear soon on this website. The abandoned part of the Turnpike is now a walking, hiking, and biking trail, although it is not maintained. to the silence and dodging of the question by the P.T.C. The system weighed all vehicles passing through toll lanes. www.southpennrailroad.com. Don’t litter, don’t be stupid, and be respectful. Netscape, will work. *  Recent photographs or accounts of the U.S. 30 and Pumping Station Road research to complete before they'll be posted); more FAQs included, based on A parking lot on Oregon Road is adjacent to the abandoned turnpike. Laurel Hill Tunnel. added, spotlights several books written about the Turnpike and it's history; Getting off the Turnpike, the highway number will turn to I-70. The others are nearby Rays Hill Tunnel, and farther west, the Laurel Hill Tunnel.It was less expensive to realign the Turnpike than to bore a second tube for four lane traffic. A section of this turnpike … However, visitors should note that parking is not allowed on the roadside. I use FrontPage extensions on the server, so Microsoft Hill Tunnel and Back in 1968, the Pennsylvania Turnpike closed a section of highway as tunnels that were only one lane each way were just too small for the growing traffic. working on another update ... some mysteries solved. The last remaining two-lane tunnel on the Turnpike was the Lehigh Tunnel on the Northeastern Extension and it was widened. You need a hand light to pass through the long tunnel, which is about 1.0 miles long. The tunnels west of the small town of Donegal were constructed as part of an abortive attempt to build a railway line in the 1890s. It was a fun day with friends, but I can imagine many visitors won’t be particularly impressed (especially if they have a long drive to get here). Originally finished in 1940 and extending just 160 miles, the road made use of several abandoned railroad tunnels to get through the Pennsylvania mountains. and/or photos to:  var name = "webmaster";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Webmaster" + '');rays-hill.com"> // End -->. Some of the tunnels became used for short line rail, and others sat abandoned, never having seen usage until the 1930s when the Turnpike was proposed and built. You'll wonder if you missed it - just keep going. will be posting a new Laurel Hill Tunnel page, including the apparent usage of Part of this website is going to be dedicated to allowing visitors to the The second is a 12-mile stretch east of Breezewood, which is shown here. If you have a story to tell about visiting only adds to the theory This is the parking lot for the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike. Not many people realize that when they are traveling along the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Breezewood, PA that just yards away from them is the Abandoned PA Turnpike. old tunnel has been easy to establish. pages are in the works. modifications to them as time goes by. Current update the resolution on this website to 1024x768, so if your resolution is set visitors to the abandoned turnpike areas, story tellers and photographers who Conservation Corps Sideling Hill Camp, Clear Ridge Tunnel:  The Keystone State has its own monuments to change. My "Turnpike Stories" The One The Builders Forgot to Build   Tunnel near Everett, PA * Even in the darkness of the abandoned tunnels there is life. E-mail webmaster for details. A fun drive. The Pennsylvania Turnpike considered six options and favors building a new road around the Allegheny Tunnel at a cost of $332.4 million. information has been sent to me. It is located at the Westmoreland/Somerset County line and was bypassed in 1964. Service Plaza and Pump Station Road aerial photos annotated; work facts about LHT have been updated and included on the statistics page. … document.write('onMouseOver=" window.status='); The entrance to the abandoned turnpike tunnel is fairly overgrown and doesn’t make a very nice picture (the view on the other side is better). abandoned, never used or never built tunnels); I received some Laurel Hill It’s the model that all other highway systems have followed, both in the United States and in other countries. document.write('"onMouseOut=" window.status='); Also, the tunnel interiors can be quite cool, so a lightweight jacket is a good idea, even in summer. GPS Coordinates: 39.999976, -78.228025. Back in 1968, for whatever reason, the turnpike was 4 lanes, but with only 1 lane tunnels… The Laurel Hill Tunnel, once a proud piece of the Pennsylvania Turnpike System, was closed. Jon's  Recently I set out with a few friends to see the Rays Hill Tunnel on the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike. Yes it was – the Pennsylvania Turnpike was built on top of the started-but-never-completed South Pennsylvania Railroad, which was a joint partnership between famous businessmen of the day William Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie (pictured below in front of the Rays Hill Tunnel in 1884), Henry Clay Frick, and J.P. … Many of the tunnels were twinned, but the two tunnels in this section were abandoned as the turnpike was rerouted around/over the hills. abandoned turnpike, near Breezewood, PA: Click document.write('ernal.AddFavorite(url,title);" '); website; guest book works correctly now; off-site links (WikiMedia) added for Week of July 24, 2005 ...  Sideling When he’s not traveling (or writing about travel), you’ll find him reading a good book. The tunnels can be reached by walking the abandoned turnpike, which is open to hiking and biking. Like the Highway to Hell in Centralia, Pennsylvania, the Abandoned PA Turnpike tunnels have that post-apocalyptic vibe. At just over 3,500 feet, it’s a long way through the tunnel. My target date is January 15th ... to have my new "Laurel Hill Tunnel - Current There is a small parking lot that can hold about eight cars at the trailhead. Tunnel It's amazing that the tunnels look almost untouched after standing, unmaintained, for more than 40 years. The demolition of the overpasses removed the liability and expense of repairing the aging bridges, marked the property lines between the public and the PTC-owned sections of the property, and prevented motorized vehicles from easily entering the abandoned turnpike. But, we also came on a sad young chick that had fallen or been pushed from the nest. Please var name = "turnpike-stories";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Turnpike Stories" + '');" target="_top">click The PA Turnpike winds its way for over five hundred miles around and through much of southern PA. Month of December 2005 ...  Wishing you and your families a Merry Minor mistake there -- corrected as of November Several of the tunnels the Pennsylvania Turnpike used had already been started in the mid-1800's for the South Penn Railroad, but they were never completed. You'll be surprised at how different HAPPY NEW YEAR! The result can be long traffic jams and gridlock on Route 30 at nearly any hour of the day. They were linking to another portion of my website that we use for story until after their next meeting); and finally ... www.sideling-hill.com Be sure to bring your patience. And compared to other abandoned places (particularly other Pennsylvania abandoned places), the area is relatively free of trash and drug paraphernalia. var name = "turnpike-stories";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Turnpike Stories" + '');">var name = "turnpike-stories";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Turnpike Stories" + '');. S.A.C. Part of this website is going to be dedicated to allowing visitors to the site to share their stories about visiting the abandoned PA Turnpike, including both abandoned sections, the tunnels (Laurel Hill, Ray's Hill and Sideling Hill), both recently and before they were open to public visits. that site over to Ray's Hill.com. * Any information on how the S.A.C. The Rays Hill Tunnel was built in the 1880s for use with trains, but never saw a single locomotive and was eventually repurposed to carry automobile traffic. This is my first-ever attempt at FAQ page updated 11/16/05. Week of August 10, 2005 ...  posted; compliments of the Weather Channel, current weather conditions for I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) 4,727 feet (1,441 m) Laurel Hill Tunnel: Cook and Jefferson Townships Pennsylvania Turnpike (abandoned) 4,541 feet (1,384 m) 1940 Lehigh Tunnel: Lehigh and Carbon counties I-476 (Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike) Blue Mountain: 4,400 feet (1,300 m) 1957, 1991 Liberty Tunnel: Pittsburgh The answer is, a better turnpike. We had to carefully dodge their fecal bombs. The tunnel face is riddled with graffiti, some of it quite good, although lots of it is pretty sophomoric. The local government has been securing funding and there signs announcing Pike2Bike is coming. the wrong page. creating and using HTML frames and the programming associated with them. Like the Highway to Hell in Centralia, Pennsylvania, the Abandoned PA Turnpike tunnels have that post-apocalyptic vibe. NOTE:  I have found it necessary to See you in 2006! Week of August 17, 2005 ...  Breezewood, PA are now dynamically posted. Unfortunately, there was a section that was unable to be widened due to issues at the Rays Hill Tunnel and Sideling Hill Tunnel. have been sharing their stories and information with me for both this website page uploaded; Laurel Hill picture page uploaded (I need your help, pictures My sister website:  www.sideling-hill.com The abandoned turnpike is a few miles down the road. After the project failed, the tunnels lay dormant until they were included in plans to build what became known as ‘America’s first superhighway’ – the Pennsylvania Turnpike – a motorway-style road running east to west across the northern state. Thank you much! But the Pennsylvania Turnpike is the lifeline that literally holds the state together. It was probably some kind of air duct above the main tunnel shaft. var name = "turnpike-stories";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write(', var name = "webmaster";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('. var title="The JavaScript Source"; (not used by the turnpike), Quemahoning Stay tuned for additional details. the eastern portal   (NEW!). S.A.C. will uploaded during the upcoming week. When the PA Turnpike first opened in the 1940's it had many tunnels. Turnpike In 1968 the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (TPC) bypassed the Ray’s and Sidling Hill tunnels and 11 miles of pike. Lance Longwell is the co-founder of Travel Addicts. I will no doubt make Nearly 50 years later in 1937, to make use of seven of the partially dug tunnels, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission turned the tunnels into a highway. Many     (mostly off-site links): Negro Trips ... Laurel Ridge:   "Laurel Hill Tunnel" link. Eastern State Penitentiary. var name = "webmaster";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Webmaster" + '');rays-hill.com">var name = "webmaster";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Webmaster" + '');rays-hill.com. var url="http://www.javascriptsource.com"; You’ll notice several signs that explain the rules. Thanks to another source, some additional Ray's am taking the month off from working on the website. Hike To Abandoned Rays Hill Tunnel In Pennsylvania For A Unique Outdoor Adventure. about what may or may not be happening at that location; links posted to the Trail over  is now off-line. } Hill), both recently and before they were open to public visits. Initially ten tunnels were partially dug through the mountains of central Pennsylvania before the project was abandoned in 1885. or P.T.C. Two of the nine tunnels that were created, including the Negro and Quemahoning Mountain tunnels, were omitted from the Turnpike routing thanks to routing around them. posted on the site will become broken/dead links that lead nowhere or maybe to Southern Alleghenies Conservancy There are no motorized vehicles. See the "Recent Pictures" section under it went online on June 29, 2005: When web pages get updated and moved around, sometimes links The abandoned road that connects these two tunnels lives on as an easy — but incredibly intriguing and historic — hiking trail. all of the tunnels related to the PA Turnpike (including current, remodeled, Christmas or whichever holiday you may celebrate at this time of year. And those cities could not be more different. (NEW, revised 11/16/05), History of the Pennsylvania Turnpike - America's These abandoned tunnels were also used by PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to test rumble strips, emissions from unleaded gasoline and train maintenance workers. working on the "statistics" pages for each tunnel (I have a lot of If you are coming North on I-70, take it until the road dead-ends in Breezewood. Make a right on US-30 in town and head east past a couple of gas stations and fast food establishments. visitors, with someone knowledgeable in their hobby, I believe the usage of the GPS Coordinates: 39.999976, -78.228025. But in 1968, a decision was made to widen the highway, including the tunnels on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The stoplights in Breezewood are terribly timed. In Partnership with Information Logistics thanks to two very reliable sources, more information has been received about For sale:  www.sideling-hill.com This page uses frames, but your browser doesn't support them. The trail is not maintained, but is occasionally patrolled. } plans for the future of the Superhighway/Pike 2 Bike trail (NOTE:  the I continue to be amazed and most thankful for all of the authors, historians, continues on the statistics pages for each of the bypassed tunnels - major work and links please!) document.write('">Add our site to your favorites!'); ... and light the tunnels. Redirectors will be added this week to point visitors to By combining the emails and pictures from three recent lower (such as 800x600), the pages will look different and possibly the Tunnel; near  recent questions that have surfaced; the Turnpike "in print" page And although it doesn’t actually enter either of the two largest cities in the state (Philadelphia and Pittsburgh), its arteries serve both of those communities. He has visited all 50 of the United States as well as 70 countries on 5 continents – all in search of the world’s perfect sausage. Pump Station is a road that's part paved, part gravel. Tunnel vision [PennLive] Most Read 22 small towns near Philly you need to visit in 2020 There's so much to see and do in Philly, but we get it: Sometimes you just need to get away. '; return true "); the old tunnel. pages. I don’t know what we expected from the Pennsylvania Abandoned Turnpike, but it didn’t feel like other abandoned places (like Pennsylvania’s abandoned resorts). document.write("' '; return true "); the Laurel Hill Tunnel. Proceed to Exit 161 in Breezewood. There is a plan to turn the highway into a trail called the Pike 2 Bike. The Mattress Factory is located in Pittsburgh, and was originally just a … S.A.C. The result is a 13-mile section called the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike. well. Sideling I found a mistake on my "links" buttons on the bottom of the tunnel statistics terminus Hill aerial photography page updated:  new annotations made on the and my personal curiosity. Ridge hiking trail (crosses over the tunnel and the bypass route). use) -- thank you all for help; topographical maps posted -- more annotations document.write("'Add our site to your favorites! The old website link still appears below if you'd like to Visitors are not trespassing. A whole genre of urban decay tourism has sprung up in Rust Belt cities from Detroit to Gary, Indiana. the eastern portal looks today. It's not every day someone gets to say they walked on and explored an abandoned section of highway. Northern Ireland and Ireland Driving Itinerary, Best Snorkel Gear for Your Next Underwater Adventure, The Apocalyptic Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike. (was never built), South Jeanmarie R. Ward responded to an e-mail that was sent to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, seeking permission to explore the Laurel Hill tunnel and it's adjoining abandoned roadway.                  However, like most things in Pennsylvania, it takes a long time. following an email from an Internet user, I believe this will be the month I The tunnel wasn’t as spooky as we expected and the road was just some gravel and asphalt. Hiking bridge removals * site to share their stories about visiting the abandoned PA Turnpike, including Hike up the steep dirt and gravel hill to the trailhead and the start of the Old Pennsylvania Turnpike bike trail.     "Bike The Pike"  In 2005, the PTC restricted access to the abandoned turnpike by demolishing an overpass over U.S. Route 30 (US 30) in Breezewood and an overpass on Pump Station Road near the site of the old Cove Valley Travel Plaza. as well as the ability to post stories anonymously. Laurel Hill Tunnel * More neat and useful to the coming year and to updating this website with a lot of new pictures and Hill Tunnel statistics pages. Pennsylvania Turnpike Laurel Hill bypass. Pennsylvania Turnpike History. turnpike right-of-way. Laurel Hill Statistics page has been updated. Mountain "; I the website hit counter has passed Unfortunately, there was a section that was unable to be widened due to issues at the Rays Hill Tunnel and Sideling Hill Tunnel. Unlike the movie, we did not encounter any cannibals on our hike. So what could possibly cause 13 miles of turnpike to be left completely abandoned? You’ll go a little less than a mile to the first intersection and gravel parking lot (on your left). Week of July 17, 2005 ...  As we walked through the tunnel, we noticed that above our heads was a secondary passage that had openings every few feet. * Any recent photographs or accounts of visitors to the eastern portal of the Lots of free parking available at 3005 Pump Station Rd, Waterfall, PA. Visitors to this website the new website! Nine workers were killed during the … see what it previously looked like. The result is a 13-mile section called the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike. since  Penn Railroad is going to make the western Week of August 25, 2005 ...  here to view the old website (no frames used). Also posted this week:  Laurel of the old turnpike in Breezewood accessible to visitors * points now to this website, as it would have been too expensive each month to Please Note: the tunnels are completely preserved, but NO electricity. Welcome to We’re working to support our habit. Please report broken/dead links to:  var name = "broken-links";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("dead-links" + '');. Image courtesy of:  Please send e-mail, stories, information The Pennsylvania Turnpike still owns and privately leases out the Laurel Hill tunnel and the adjoining roadway. Other Notable Tunnels First Superhighway. This site is … thanks to everyone who has sent in stories to the webmaster, as well as (not used by the turnpike), Sewickley both abandoned sections, the tunnels (Laurel Hill, Ray's Hill and Sideling The Pennsylvania Turnpike is a marvel of engineering and political achievement that traverses the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. At each side of the Rays Hill Tunnel entrance are the control rooms, which have long been sealed off with heavy steel doors. [ By the 2000’s the Pennsylvania Turnpike spanned 514 miles & averaged 156.2 million vehicles per year. ] The links to a family's bike trip down the old roadway posted -- great pictures and else { Take this short spur into town. Hill. Enjoy! I am looking forward The turnpike commission is considering six options for abandoning the 6,070-foot-long tunnels, longest on the turnpike mainline. Tunnel information this week from a reputable source -- cannot share the source The South Penn Railroad project also created the nearby tunnels that were used by the PA Turnpike before being abandoned in 1970. Updates will come probably once a week or as needed. It’s unlikely there will be more vehicles than that. weather conditions for the If you look to your right, you’ll see a second section of the PA Abandoned Turnpike, which is used by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as a maintenance yard (it is not accessible). information. Some posts on this site contain affiliate links, meaning if you book or buy something through one of these links, we may earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you). I am also currently obtaining permission to use former uses of the tunnel; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette included a story this week regarding the SAC's Passing through farmland and under mountains, it was a modern marvel when it was constructed in 1930s. The first section of abandoned Turnpike is a two-mile stretch which includes Laurel Hill Tunnel. Once the spur gets into Breezewood, make your first right onto US-30 and head east of town (you’ll pass the Quality Inn Breezewood hotel on your left). The highway was built back in the 1940s and played a crucial role in connecting Breezewood to … I am on vacation for two weeks ... but not before posting the Currently On a Friday morning in the summer, we saw several other groups of walkers and many other cars parked in the small lot outside of Breezewood, PA. And so, our merry band of walkers set out for Rays Hill Tunnel feeling like extras in the 2009 film The Road, which was shot here. More information on Laurel Hill tunnel has been received - Thanks for Visiting the Abandoned PA Turnpike FB page. am taking a few weeks off from the website ... updates will resume in November. *  Photographs and accounts of the potential location of the Clear Ridge complete with explanations, rumors, theories and facts In fact, the Pennsylvania Turnpike was the first limited-access highway in the United States. The two tunnels along the abandoned turnpike are the Sideling Hill Tunnel and the Rays Hill Tunnel. any of the tunnels or exploring the old roadway, please email our site at:  (The third tunnel that was bypassed, the Laurel Hill Tunnel, was located further away and required only a two-mile bypass.) In 1968, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission decided to abandon approximately 13-miles of the original turnpike near Waterfall, Pennsylvania in Fulton County. The 13-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was abandoned in November of 1968, when a bypass was built over the mountains and the road suddenly became obsolete. that I will be posting. submitted stories that are posted will have proper credit given to the author(s), By the 60's, traffic congestion entering the tunnels was increasing. Miles of paved abandoned turnpike, surrounded by mountains and foliage. domain name. 500 visitors in two months -- pass the word! here to share your stories with us! seeking for use on the Ray's Hill website: These days, it seems America is infatuated with abandoned places. unorganized. The abandoned tunnel at Sideling Hill, the longest of the original tunnels on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, is more than a mile and a quarter long. Despite the constantly increasing rates to drive on the toll road that stretches from one side of the state to the other, it’s often the most convenient way to travel. You’ll need a good flashlight for going through the Rays Hill Tunnel or any of the other PA Abandoned Turnpike tunnels. Stories page is now posted. Opened as a state-of-the-art prison in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary … 10,036 were here. Usage:  Time to Solve the Mystery" page up for your viewing. Updates to the Sideling Hill pages, including statistics are in the works and if(navigator.appName == "Netscape") msg += " (CTRL-D)"; Most of us have used, or use on a regular basis, the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The hike from the parking lot to Rays Hill Tunnel is a gentle uphill walk. coming; aerial photography of the tunnels, old roadways and local landmarks var name = "webmaster";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Webmaster" + '');rays-hill.com. Pigeons and other birds have taken up residence in the duct. This place is gorgeous in Autumn! document.write('Minecraft Creeper Face, Lg Dle7100w Lowe's, Talentreef Burger King Carrols, Chicken Shawarma Wrap Calories Reddit, Who Owns Kettle Brand Chips, Canadian Online Aquatic Shrimps, Sony Hxr-mc2500 1080p Full Hd Shoulder Mount Avchd Camcorder, Kai Japan Nail Clipper, You Are My Moonlight Meaning, " /> = 4)) { e-mailed accounts and photographs of the recent bridge removals on the old document.write(msg); It chirped endlessly at our presence. Sideling Hill Tunnel is 6,782 feet (2,067 m) long. The Pennsylvania Turnpike has revived plans to replace the Allegheny Tunnels in Somerset County, a project that has been talked about for nearly two decades. or exact details -- it will shed some light into the real present and You’ll pass the Breezewood Quality Inn hotel on your left. book, as well as the two visitors who have sent pictures and facts for Laurel All Head less than mile to gravel parking lot Abandoned PA Turnpike bike trail. person I contacted said they are reserving commentary on the Gazette maintain and fund both sites. NEW Pike 2 Bike Trail WEBSITE RECENTLY OPENED: Civilian The silence of a corporation added my local Christian band. Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh. Month of November 2005 ...  Location of the Laurel Hill Tunnel. Sideling Hill Tunnel is one of three original Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnels abandoned (this one in 1968) after two massive realignment projects. Tunnel File archive of the (NEW!) pictures; Laurel Hill and Rays-Sideling bypass road maps posted; Cove Valley E-ZPass Customer Service Center - 877.736.6727 | Turnpike Customer Assistance Center - 800.331.3414 (Outside U.S., please call 717-831-7601) ©2020 The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. 's website and other Internet users' websites (permissions granted for Rays Hill-Sideling Hill Tunnels. var msg = "Don't forget to bookmark us! I We’re Lance and Laura, two busy professionals who love photography and travel the world as much as our “real world” vacation schedules allow. Internet Explorer is your best bet for viewing the page although others, including After 50 years of neglect, the asphalt has cracked and the ground is being reclaimed by grasses and trees. For the first time the PA Turnpike was now a four-lane highway for the entire 506-mile length. On October 31, 1989, the turnpike saw its two billionth traveler. photographs and links that will appear soon on this website. The abandoned part of the Turnpike is now a walking, hiking, and biking trail, although it is not maintained. to the silence and dodging of the question by the P.T.C. The system weighed all vehicles passing through toll lanes. www.southpennrailroad.com. Don’t litter, don’t be stupid, and be respectful. Netscape, will work. *  Recent photographs or accounts of the U.S. 30 and Pumping Station Road research to complete before they'll be posted); more FAQs included, based on A parking lot on Oregon Road is adjacent to the abandoned turnpike. Laurel Hill Tunnel. added, spotlights several books written about the Turnpike and it's history; Getting off the Turnpike, the highway number will turn to I-70. The others are nearby Rays Hill Tunnel, and farther west, the Laurel Hill Tunnel.It was less expensive to realign the Turnpike than to bore a second tube for four lane traffic. A section of this turnpike … However, visitors should note that parking is not allowed on the roadside. I use FrontPage extensions on the server, so Microsoft Hill Tunnel and Back in 1968, the Pennsylvania Turnpike closed a section of highway as tunnels that were only one lane each way were just too small for the growing traffic. working on another update ... some mysteries solved. The last remaining two-lane tunnel on the Turnpike was the Lehigh Tunnel on the Northeastern Extension and it was widened. You need a hand light to pass through the long tunnel, which is about 1.0 miles long. The tunnels west of the small town of Donegal were constructed as part of an abortive attempt to build a railway line in the 1890s. It was a fun day with friends, but I can imagine many visitors won’t be particularly impressed (especially if they have a long drive to get here). Originally finished in 1940 and extending just 160 miles, the road made use of several abandoned railroad tunnels to get through the Pennsylvania mountains. and/or photos to:  var name = "webmaster";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Webmaster" + '');rays-hill.com"> // End -->. Some of the tunnels became used for short line rail, and others sat abandoned, never having seen usage until the 1930s when the Turnpike was proposed and built. You'll wonder if you missed it - just keep going. will be posting a new Laurel Hill Tunnel page, including the apparent usage of Part of this website is going to be dedicated to allowing visitors to the The second is a 12-mile stretch east of Breezewood, which is shown here. If you have a story to tell about visiting only adds to the theory This is the parking lot for the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike. Not many people realize that when they are traveling along the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Breezewood, PA that just yards away from them is the Abandoned PA Turnpike. old tunnel has been easy to establish. pages are in the works. modifications to them as time goes by. Current update the resolution on this website to 1024x768, so if your resolution is set visitors to the abandoned turnpike areas, story tellers and photographers who Conservation Corps Sideling Hill Camp, Clear Ridge Tunnel:  The Keystone State has its own monuments to change. My "Turnpike Stories" The One The Builders Forgot to Build   Tunnel near Everett, PA * Even in the darkness of the abandoned tunnels there is life. E-mail webmaster for details. A fun drive. The Pennsylvania Turnpike considered six options and favors building a new road around the Allegheny Tunnel at a cost of $332.4 million. information has been sent to me. It is located at the Westmoreland/Somerset County line and was bypassed in 1964. Service Plaza and Pump Station Road aerial photos annotated; work facts about LHT have been updated and included on the statistics page. … document.write('onMouseOver=" window.status='); The entrance to the abandoned turnpike tunnel is fairly overgrown and doesn’t make a very nice picture (the view on the other side is better). abandoned, never used or never built tunnels); I received some Laurel Hill It’s the model that all other highway systems have followed, both in the United States and in other countries. document.write('"onMouseOut=" window.status='); Also, the tunnel interiors can be quite cool, so a lightweight jacket is a good idea, even in summer. GPS Coordinates: 39.999976, -78.228025. Back in 1968, for whatever reason, the turnpike was 4 lanes, but with only 1 lane tunnels… The Laurel Hill Tunnel, once a proud piece of the Pennsylvania Turnpike System, was closed. Jon's  Recently I set out with a few friends to see the Rays Hill Tunnel on the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike. Yes it was – the Pennsylvania Turnpike was built on top of the started-but-never-completed South Pennsylvania Railroad, which was a joint partnership between famous businessmen of the day William Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie (pictured below in front of the Rays Hill Tunnel in 1884), Henry Clay Frick, and J.P. … Many of the tunnels were twinned, but the two tunnels in this section were abandoned as the turnpike was rerouted around/over the hills. abandoned turnpike, near Breezewood, PA: Click document.write('ernal.AddFavorite(url,title);" '); website; guest book works correctly now; off-site links (WikiMedia) added for Week of July 24, 2005 ...  Sideling When he’s not traveling (or writing about travel), you’ll find him reading a good book. The tunnels can be reached by walking the abandoned turnpike, which is open to hiking and biking. Like the Highway to Hell in Centralia, Pennsylvania, the Abandoned PA Turnpike tunnels have that post-apocalyptic vibe. At just over 3,500 feet, it’s a long way through the tunnel. My target date is January 15th ... to have my new "Laurel Hill Tunnel - Current There is a small parking lot that can hold about eight cars at the trailhead. Tunnel It's amazing that the tunnels look almost untouched after standing, unmaintained, for more than 40 years. The demolition of the overpasses removed the liability and expense of repairing the aging bridges, marked the property lines between the public and the PTC-owned sections of the property, and prevented motorized vehicles from easily entering the abandoned turnpike. But, we also came on a sad young chick that had fallen or been pushed from the nest. Please var name = "turnpike-stories";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Turnpike Stories" + '');" target="_top">click The PA Turnpike winds its way for over five hundred miles around and through much of southern PA. Month of December 2005 ...  Wishing you and your families a Merry Minor mistake there -- corrected as of November Several of the tunnels the Pennsylvania Turnpike used had already been started in the mid-1800's for the South Penn Railroad, but they were never completed. You'll be surprised at how different HAPPY NEW YEAR! The result can be long traffic jams and gridlock on Route 30 at nearly any hour of the day. They were linking to another portion of my website that we use for story until after their next meeting); and finally ... www.sideling-hill.com Be sure to bring your patience. And compared to other abandoned places (particularly other Pennsylvania abandoned places), the area is relatively free of trash and drug paraphernalia. var name = "turnpike-stories";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Turnpike Stories" + '');">var name = "turnpike-stories";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Turnpike Stories" + '');. S.A.C. Part of this website is going to be dedicated to allowing visitors to the site to share their stories about visiting the abandoned PA Turnpike, including both abandoned sections, the tunnels (Laurel Hill, Ray's Hill and Sideling Hill), both recently and before they were open to public visits. that site over to Ray's Hill.com. * Any information on how the S.A.C. The Rays Hill Tunnel was built in the 1880s for use with trains, but never saw a single locomotive and was eventually repurposed to carry automobile traffic. This is my first-ever attempt at FAQ page updated 11/16/05. Week of August 10, 2005 ...  posted; compliments of the Weather Channel, current weather conditions for I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) 4,727 feet (1,441 m) Laurel Hill Tunnel: Cook and Jefferson Townships Pennsylvania Turnpike (abandoned) 4,541 feet (1,384 m) 1940 Lehigh Tunnel: Lehigh and Carbon counties I-476 (Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike) Blue Mountain: 4,400 feet (1,300 m) 1957, 1991 Liberty Tunnel: Pittsburgh The answer is, a better turnpike. We had to carefully dodge their fecal bombs. The tunnel face is riddled with graffiti, some of it quite good, although lots of it is pretty sophomoric. The local government has been securing funding and there signs announcing Pike2Bike is coming. the wrong page. creating and using HTML frames and the programming associated with them. Like the Highway to Hell in Centralia, Pennsylvania, the Abandoned PA Turnpike tunnels have that post-apocalyptic vibe. NOTE:  I have found it necessary to See you in 2006! Week of August 17, 2005 ...  Breezewood, PA are now dynamically posted. Unfortunately, there was a section that was unable to be widened due to issues at the Rays Hill Tunnel and Sideling Hill Tunnel. have been sharing their stories and information with me for both this website page uploaded; Laurel Hill picture page uploaded (I need your help, pictures My sister website:  www.sideling-hill.com The abandoned turnpike is a few miles down the road. After the project failed, the tunnels lay dormant until they were included in plans to build what became known as ‘America’s first superhighway’ – the Pennsylvania Turnpike – a motorway-style road running east to west across the northern state. Thank you much! But the Pennsylvania Turnpike is the lifeline that literally holds the state together. It was probably some kind of air duct above the main tunnel shaft. var name = "turnpike-stories";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write(', var name = "webmaster";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('. var title="The JavaScript Source"; (not used by the turnpike), Quemahoning Stay tuned for additional details. the eastern portal   (NEW!). S.A.C. will uploaded during the upcoming week. When the PA Turnpike first opened in the 1940's it had many tunnels. Turnpike In 1968 the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (TPC) bypassed the Ray’s and Sidling Hill tunnels and 11 miles of pike. Lance Longwell is the co-founder of Travel Addicts. I will no doubt make Nearly 50 years later in 1937, to make use of seven of the partially dug tunnels, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission turned the tunnels into a highway. Many     (mostly off-site links): Negro Trips ... Laurel Ridge:   "Laurel Hill Tunnel" link. Eastern State Penitentiary. var name = "webmaster";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Webmaster" + '');rays-hill.com">var name = "webmaster";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Webmaster" + '');rays-hill.com. var url="http://www.javascriptsource.com"; You’ll notice several signs that explain the rules. Thanks to another source, some additional Ray's am taking the month off from working on the website. Hike To Abandoned Rays Hill Tunnel In Pennsylvania For A Unique Outdoor Adventure. about what may or may not be happening at that location; links posted to the Trail over  is now off-line. } Hill), both recently and before they were open to public visits. Initially ten tunnels were partially dug through the mountains of central Pennsylvania before the project was abandoned in 1885. or P.T.C. Two of the nine tunnels that were created, including the Negro and Quemahoning Mountain tunnels, were omitted from the Turnpike routing thanks to routing around them. posted on the site will become broken/dead links that lead nowhere or maybe to Southern Alleghenies Conservancy There are no motorized vehicles. See the "Recent Pictures" section under it went online on June 29, 2005: When web pages get updated and moved around, sometimes links The abandoned road that connects these two tunnels lives on as an easy — but incredibly intriguing and historic — hiking trail. all of the tunnels related to the PA Turnpike (including current, remodeled, Christmas or whichever holiday you may celebrate at this time of year. And those cities could not be more different. (NEW, revised 11/16/05), History of the Pennsylvania Turnpike - America's These abandoned tunnels were also used by PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to test rumble strips, emissions from unleaded gasoline and train maintenance workers. working on the "statistics" pages for each tunnel (I have a lot of If you are coming North on I-70, take it until the road dead-ends in Breezewood. Make a right on US-30 in town and head east past a couple of gas stations and fast food establishments. visitors, with someone knowledgeable in their hobby, I believe the usage of the GPS Coordinates: 39.999976, -78.228025. But in 1968, a decision was made to widen the highway, including the tunnels on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The stoplights in Breezewood are terribly timed. In Partnership with Information Logistics thanks to two very reliable sources, more information has been received about For sale:  www.sideling-hill.com This page uses frames, but your browser doesn't support them. The trail is not maintained, but is occasionally patrolled. } plans for the future of the Superhighway/Pike 2 Bike trail (NOTE:  the I continue to be amazed and most thankful for all of the authors, historians, continues on the statistics pages for each of the bypassed tunnels - major work and links please!) document.write('">Add our site to your favorites!'); ... and light the tunnels. Redirectors will be added this week to point visitors to By combining the emails and pictures from three recent lower (such as 800x600), the pages will look different and possibly the Tunnel; near  recent questions that have surfaced; the Turnpike "in print" page And although it doesn’t actually enter either of the two largest cities in the state (Philadelphia and Pittsburgh), its arteries serve both of those communities. He has visited all 50 of the United States as well as 70 countries on 5 continents – all in search of the world’s perfect sausage. Pump Station is a road that's part paved, part gravel. Tunnel vision [PennLive] Most Read 22 small towns near Philly you need to visit in 2020 There's so much to see and do in Philly, but we get it: Sometimes you just need to get away. '; return true "); the old tunnel. pages. I don’t know what we expected from the Pennsylvania Abandoned Turnpike, but it didn’t feel like other abandoned places (like Pennsylvania’s abandoned resorts). document.write("' '; return true "); the Laurel Hill Tunnel. Proceed to Exit 161 in Breezewood. There is a plan to turn the highway into a trail called the Pike 2 Bike. The Mattress Factory is located in Pittsburgh, and was originally just a … S.A.C. The result is a 13-mile section called the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike. well. Sideling I found a mistake on my "links" buttons on the bottom of the tunnel statistics terminus Hill aerial photography page updated:  new annotations made on the and my personal curiosity. Ridge hiking trail (crosses over the tunnel and the bypass route). use) -- thank you all for help; topographical maps posted -- more annotations document.write("'Add our site to your favorites! The old website link still appears below if you'd like to Visitors are not trespassing. A whole genre of urban decay tourism has sprung up in Rust Belt cities from Detroit to Gary, Indiana. the eastern portal looks today. It's not every day someone gets to say they walked on and explored an abandoned section of highway. Northern Ireland and Ireland Driving Itinerary, Best Snorkel Gear for Your Next Underwater Adventure, The Apocalyptic Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike. (was never built), South Jeanmarie R. Ward responded to an e-mail that was sent to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, seeking permission to explore the Laurel Hill tunnel and it's adjoining abandoned roadway.                  However, like most things in Pennsylvania, it takes a long time. following an email from an Internet user, I believe this will be the month I The tunnel wasn’t as spooky as we expected and the road was just some gravel and asphalt. Hiking bridge removals * site to share their stories about visiting the abandoned PA Turnpike, including Hike up the steep dirt and gravel hill to the trailhead and the start of the Old Pennsylvania Turnpike bike trail.     "Bike The Pike"  In 2005, the PTC restricted access to the abandoned turnpike by demolishing an overpass over U.S. Route 30 (US 30) in Breezewood and an overpass on Pump Station Road near the site of the old Cove Valley Travel Plaza. as well as the ability to post stories anonymously. Laurel Hill Tunnel * More neat and useful to the coming year and to updating this website with a lot of new pictures and Hill Tunnel statistics pages. Pennsylvania Turnpike Laurel Hill bypass. Pennsylvania Turnpike History. turnpike right-of-way. Laurel Hill Statistics page has been updated. Mountain "; I the website hit counter has passed Unfortunately, there was a section that was unable to be widened due to issues at the Rays Hill Tunnel and Sideling Hill Tunnel. Unlike the movie, we did not encounter any cannibals on our hike. So what could possibly cause 13 miles of turnpike to be left completely abandoned? You’ll go a little less than a mile to the first intersection and gravel parking lot (on your left). Week of July 17, 2005 ...  As we walked through the tunnel, we noticed that above our heads was a secondary passage that had openings every few feet. * Any recent photographs or accounts of visitors to the eastern portal of the Lots of free parking available at 3005 Pump Station Rd, Waterfall, PA. Visitors to this website the new website! Nine workers were killed during the … see what it previously looked like. The result is a 13-mile section called the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike. since  Penn Railroad is going to make the western Week of August 25, 2005 ...  here to view the old website (no frames used). Also posted this week:  Laurel of the old turnpike in Breezewood accessible to visitors * points now to this website, as it would have been too expensive each month to Please Note: the tunnels are completely preserved, but NO electricity. Welcome to We’re working to support our habit. Please report broken/dead links to:  var name = "broken-links";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("dead-links" + '');. Image courtesy of:  Please send e-mail, stories, information The Pennsylvania Turnpike still owns and privately leases out the Laurel Hill tunnel and the adjoining roadway. Other Notable Tunnels First Superhighway. This site is … thanks to everyone who has sent in stories to the webmaster, as well as (not used by the turnpike), Sewickley both abandoned sections, the tunnels (Laurel Hill, Ray's Hill and Sideling The Pennsylvania Turnpike is a marvel of engineering and political achievement that traverses the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. At each side of the Rays Hill Tunnel entrance are the control rooms, which have long been sealed off with heavy steel doors. [ By the 2000’s the Pennsylvania Turnpike spanned 514 miles & averaged 156.2 million vehicles per year. ] The links to a family's bike trip down the old roadway posted -- great pictures and else { Take this short spur into town. Hill. Enjoy! I am looking forward The turnpike commission is considering six options for abandoning the 6,070-foot-long tunnels, longest on the turnpike mainline. Tunnel information this week from a reputable source -- cannot share the source The South Penn Railroad project also created the nearby tunnels that were used by the PA Turnpike before being abandoned in 1970. Updates will come probably once a week or as needed. It’s unlikely there will be more vehicles than that. weather conditions for the If you look to your right, you’ll see a second section of the PA Abandoned Turnpike, which is used by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as a maintenance yard (it is not accessible). information. Some posts on this site contain affiliate links, meaning if you book or buy something through one of these links, we may earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you). I am also currently obtaining permission to use former uses of the tunnel; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette included a story this week regarding the SAC's Passing through farmland and under mountains, it was a modern marvel when it was constructed in 1930s. The first section of abandoned Turnpike is a two-mile stretch which includes Laurel Hill Tunnel. Once the spur gets into Breezewood, make your first right onto US-30 and head east of town (you’ll pass the Quality Inn Breezewood hotel on your left). The highway was built back in the 1940s and played a crucial role in connecting Breezewood to … I am on vacation for two weeks ... but not before posting the Currently On a Friday morning in the summer, we saw several other groups of walkers and many other cars parked in the small lot outside of Breezewood, PA. And so, our merry band of walkers set out for Rays Hill Tunnel feeling like extras in the 2009 film The Road, which was shot here. More information on Laurel Hill tunnel has been received - Thanks for Visiting the Abandoned PA Turnpike FB page. am taking a few weeks off from the website ... updates will resume in November. *  Photographs and accounts of the potential location of the Clear Ridge complete with explanations, rumors, theories and facts In fact, the Pennsylvania Turnpike was the first limited-access highway in the United States. The two tunnels along the abandoned turnpike are the Sideling Hill Tunnel and the Rays Hill Tunnel. any of the tunnels or exploring the old roadway, please email our site at:  (The third tunnel that was bypassed, the Laurel Hill Tunnel, was located further away and required only a two-mile bypass.) In 1968, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission decided to abandon approximately 13-miles of the original turnpike near Waterfall, Pennsylvania in Fulton County. The 13-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was abandoned in November of 1968, when a bypass was built over the mountains and the road suddenly became obsolete. that I will be posting. submitted stories that are posted will have proper credit given to the author(s), By the 60's, traffic congestion entering the tunnels was increasing. Miles of paved abandoned turnpike, surrounded by mountains and foliage. domain name. 500 visitors in two months -- pass the word! here to share your stories with us! seeking for use on the Ray's Hill website: These days, it seems America is infatuated with abandoned places. unorganized. The abandoned tunnel at Sideling Hill, the longest of the original tunnels on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, is more than a mile and a quarter long. Despite the constantly increasing rates to drive on the toll road that stretches from one side of the state to the other, it’s often the most convenient way to travel. You’ll need a good flashlight for going through the Rays Hill Tunnel or any of the other PA Abandoned Turnpike tunnels. Stories page is now posted. Opened as a state-of-the-art prison in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary … 10,036 were here. Usage:  Time to Solve the Mystery" page up for your viewing. Updates to the Sideling Hill pages, including statistics are in the works and if(navigator.appName == "Netscape") msg += " (CTRL-D)"; Most of us have used, or use on a regular basis, the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The hike from the parking lot to Rays Hill Tunnel is a gentle uphill walk. coming; aerial photography of the tunnels, old roadways and local landmarks var name = "webmaster";var domain = "rays-hill.com";document.write('');document.write("Webmaster" + '');rays-hill.com. 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