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Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

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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 and Rays 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.
The first image is a map of the Abandoned Turnpike (in red) in relation to the modern Turnpike and other roads.

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Re: Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

Here's the link to the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike page on Wikipedia.

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Re: Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

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Re: Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

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Re: Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

They use that turnpike for testing out different road reflectors and guard rails and stuff like that

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Re: Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

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They use that turnpike for testing out different road reflectors and guard rails and stuff like that
Correct.

Also, the rumble strips that are now in common use on the sides of highways (and sometimes on the center line of high-risk 2-lane roads) were developed on the abandoned PA turnpike as well.

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Really nifty. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

Fascinating

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Re: Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

Amazing place for a bike ride

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