Friday, April 30, 2010
Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike (Lost Highway)
Every year millions of people travel the Pennsylvania turnpike. Though there's a 12 mile stretch that hasn't felt the rumble of an engine for over 40 years. In 1968 the existing 2 lane tunnels were becoming far too congested. So the state decided to expand four of the seven tunnels to 4 lane passes of highway. The other three tunnels were bypassed for new tunnels, leaving three abandoned tunnels and miles of highway that would be forgotten.
Today near the town of motels you can visit two of these abandoned concrete monsters. Here people dare each other on a daily basis to pass through these dark hollows. The area has a very mysterious aura to it. Grass and weeds poke through the asphalt. You see faintly painted lines representing parking spots at a former service plaza. And you keep looking back over your shoulder expecting a car to zoom by anytime.