The Youngest Visitor to the Sideling Hill Tunnel
Hello. As a native of
and a civil engineer, I have been fascinated with the abandoned section of the Turnpike and the tunnels since finding out about them when I was in college in the early 1990ís. In August of 2006 I finally stopped at the old U.S. Route 30 overpass site and trekked up the hillside to take a peek at the old highway. Pittsburgh
The pictures attached are from my October 2006 visit to the former Cove Hill Service Plaza and Sideling Hill Tunnel eastern portal. My wife and I walked the mile from Cove Hill to the portal pushing our 1-month old son in his stroller. It was an eerily quiet hike, but the colors of the autumn leaves added a certain serenity. We took a picture of me holding our son in the tunnel, so I think he may be the youngest visitor to Sideling Hill. Hope you enjoy the pictures and I definitely plan on making more visits to the abandoned pike in the future.