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Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

49 Washington St, Wells, Pennsylvania 17228 USA

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“Filming location for 'The Road'”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. The Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike is the common name of a 13-mile (21 km) stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike that was bypassed in 1968 when a modern stretch opened to ease traffic congestion in the tunnels. In this case, the Sideling Hill Tunnel andRays Hill Tunnel were bypassed, as was one of the Turnpike's travel plazas. The bypass is located just east of the heavily congested Breezewood interchange for Interstate 70 (I-70) eastbound at what is now I-76 exit 161. There are three access points to the public section of the abandoned highway: The intersection of Tannery Road and US 30 in Breezewood sits near the western end of the turnpike, which can be reached by climbing a small hill. Parking is available in front of the orangesnow fence at the bottom of the hill. Rays Hill Tunnel lies about two miles east of this point. A parking lot exists on the trail at the eastern end of the turnpike off Pump Station Road north of US 30; the entrance is a service road just south of where a turnpike overpass was removed in 2005. This access point lies near the site of the former Cove Valley Travel Plaza and about one mile east of the Sideling Hill Tunnel. A forest service path called Oregon Road leaves US Route 30 at that highway's intersection withPennsylvania Route 915 in the village of Crystal Spring and runs north for several miles before reconnecting with PA 915 near Valley-Hi. Oregon Road runs parallel and adjacent to the abandoned highway for much of its length, and several clearings in the forest allow for parking and access to the road. These access points lie between the two tunnels: Rays Hill is about three miles west and Sideling Hill is about two miles east.

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Reviewed by
nathan.hill.199

  • 3 Reviews
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November 08, 2013

and also who ever runs this site you are my hero this place is amzing and i wanna go to almost all these places you have on here. i love it and keep up the good work.

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joshua.c.baer

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November 09, 2013

nathan.hill.199 .....this site IS a map. Just click "map" in the top left and you will get a VERY clear map on how to get there.

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Reviewed by
brandon.myers.31521

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November 08, 2013

Very awesome place to go. Been there several times myself. Walked the entire service shaft end to end in the Sideling Hill Tunnel. Very cool place to check out

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Reviewed by
SMZipnock

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  • 1 Helpful
November 08, 2013

I've been here, it's pretty neat. Didn't get to fully explore it but found some baby birds and there's a lot of graffiti everywhere. The tunnel feels like it never ends when walking it.

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nathan.hill.199

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November 08, 2013

yea but for some reason when i put that in Google it brings up maryland

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Reviewed by
YourPoopZ

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November 08, 2013

Dude... The address was at the bottom of the descriptions of the place

Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike
49 Washington St
Wells, PA 17228 US

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
nathan.hill.199

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November 08, 2013

how do i get there? if some would email me with a address or directions from pittsburgh i would be more then happy to go but kinda confused on where it is. nali@aethon.com

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Reviewed by
aubsomg

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October 23, 2013

Wonderful place to get a bit of a work-out while experiencing Pennsylvania history. I recommend you take mountain bikes if you want to make it from the entrance point to the service plaza and back in one day. Service shafts are still open above Sideling hill tunnel, and stairs/floors are very solid and climb-able. Access doors to interior tunnel ceiling are open, and ceiling is walkable (at least for the first few dozen feet). Underground drainage shafts still have ladders and are enterable if you're feeling super frisky. Rays hill tunnel has staircase completely torn out of one side but other side is accessible to service shaft if I remember correctly. The huge power turbines are still in service shafts of both tunnels. Bring flashlights or bike-lights for Rays hill tunnel as it's nearly a mile long and very dark!

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buddystrains

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September 24, 2018

I wrote three sections about tunnels last is first, and first is last. After bypass was built, I had a used 4 wheel drive ford pickup truck for my first vehicle. I returned to old turnpike roughly 6 years after old road was shut down. At that time brush was not overgrown, and roadway with lines was still very visible, very little if any graffiti existed, it had a eerie feeling at that time, Motor Trend Magizine used to test cars between old tunnels

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buddystrains

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September 24, 2018

Cont. From second part. At that time Pa. Turnpike all tunnels were 2 lanes entering tunnels went from 2 lanes to 1 lane, and exiting tunnels, from 1 lane to 2 lanes, this is where most of the tunnel accidents occurred. Speed limit in all tunnels was 50 MPH, and other speed limits were cars, 65 MPH, trucks 55 MPH, tailgate ramp speeds were 35, MPH, after directly crash all tunnels were made into 2 tunnels 2 lanes each way, and bypass was built. Pa. Turnpike is nicest. and first toll road in U S

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Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

49 Washington St
Wells, Pennsylvania
17228 USA

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