Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

Today, I traveled to the abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike (it was opened in 1940) near the town of Breezewood.  I met Brad and Dave Truxell at the site and we spent hours riding bikes on the Turnpike, exploring the two tunnels (one tunnel was ¾ of a mile and the other was 1.2 miles long), talking with other bikers, and climbing through the old tunnel mechanical areas. 

The abandoned turnpike is a 13-mile stretch that was abandoned when they built a bypass in 1968.  They built the bypass, because the tunnels were built to handle one lane traffic each way and the number of vehicles grew to the point the tunnels couldn’t handle the volume.  So this stretch of road has been abandoned for 45 years.

I heard about this last year and have been looking forward to checking it out ever since.  It was a fun day.

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