Plans are Underway to Convert Abandoned PA Turnpike into a Multi-Use Trail & Destination
- Originally built in the late 19th century
- Abandoned in 1968
- In use only 28 of its 130 years, until…
- Acquired in 2001 by The Southern Alleghenies Conservancy
- A non-motorized trail still under development
In 1968 the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (TPC) bypassed the Ray’s and Sidling Hill tunnels and 11 miles of pike.
This section of the highway was completely abandoned by traffic and occasionally used by the TPC to train snow plow drivers, prototype rumble strips, road reflectors, reflective road pant, do vehicle crash, roll over, truck brake distance, road sign distance visibility tests and also for storage of jersey barriers.
In 2001, the PA Turnpike Commission sold the abandoned trail to the Southern Alleghenies Conservancy (SAC), a non-profit nature group preserving the environment in South Western and South Central Pennsylvania, covering Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties.
Now plans are underway to convert this abandoned section of the PA turnpike into a multi-use trail and recreational destination.
Video which explores a short history of the abandoned turnpike trail narrated by Craig Hise.
Here is some aerial footage captured by Kyle Mills with a GoPro Drone Phantom 2 in October 2014 during the peak of Fall Foliage.
An eight and a half mile stretch of the original Pennsylvania turnpike, bypassed and abandoned since 1968, is being evaluated for a planned conversion into a recreational destination. This project, called “Pike 2 Bike” will be implemented by a team led by Navarro & Wright Consulting Engineers, Inc. of New Cumberland, PA. Located in the …