In 1968, The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission successfully completed a bypass of two tunnels, Sideling and Ray's Hill, one service plaza, Cove Valley and nearly 13 miles of roadway. Since then this forgotten section of road has been a destination point for turnpike enthusiasts, hikers and bicyclists, curiosity seekers, and the Turnpike Commission itself. The roadway which has been over 30 years explored by thousands and used as a testing facility by the PTC will soon become a bike trail that includes the use of both tunnels.
The first section of Breezewood in the Fall is of the old Breezewood Interchange, the second section consists of the old turnpike and Ray's Hill Tunnel.
This picture is of the beginning of the abandoned Pike in Breezewood.
Here is an excellent picture of the former ramps of the original Breezewood Interchange. These ramps were used until 1968, and are in fairly good shape.
Another shot of the former Breezewood Interchange. This time under the old highway overpass.
This shows the guard rail from the original Breezewood Interchange. Bernie says it's the only remaining actual 'original' guard rail left on the TPK from 1940.
This has to be the best looking of them all. The old ramps looking out from the overpass.
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