Ray's Hill Tunnel Statistics:


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Ray's Hill Tunnel was the shortest of the original seven turnpike tunnels.  

Library of Congress, 1940


Bedford and Fulton

The county line crosses 
through the tunnel.  

The tunnel was once marked on 
the inside where the county line
runs, as was the case with the
Laurel Hill Tunnel. 

The sign is part of someone's
private collection at
the present time.

Tunnel's Direction

Formerly the route of Interstates 70 and 76

western portal, 1980.

Photograph property of Mitch Dakelman.
Used by permission.

Total length, as designed
by the never-completed
South Penn Railroad:

3,534 feet

Image courtesy of www.southpennrailroad.com 


Sideling Hill Tunnel
6,782 feet

   Allegheny Mountain Tunnel
6,070 feet

  Tuscarora Mountain Tunnel
5,326 feet

  Kittatinny Mountain Tunnel
4,727 feet

  Laurel Hill Tunnel
4,541 feet

  Blue Mountain Tunnel
4,339 feet

Ray's Hill Tunnel

3,532 feet


(Library of Congress, 1939)


Tunnel Elevation:


1,427 feet
above sea level


550 feet below the 
summit of Ray's Hill


(Library of Congress, 1940)
Total length, according  
to turnpike records:
3,532 feet
Date opened to traffic:

October 1, 1940
(opening of the turnpike)

Date closed to traffic:

November 26, 1968
(opening of the bypass roadway)

According to a published and very credible source, I have learned the answer to the speculation as to whether or not Ray's Hill Tunnel was boarded up by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission following it's closure in 1968.  Yes, both portals of Ray's Hill were indeed boarded up by the P.T.C. between 1968 and 1988.  The boards were placed at the point on the inside of the tunnel portals where the rounded face of the portal changed to the flat concrete roof. 

In 1988, the boards were removed and the tunnel was opened for use as part of a testing facility for the "rumble" strips that border our highways today, among other uses. 

When the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission concluded their temporary usage of the tunnel, they did NOT board the tunnel back up this time.  Unfortunately, this helped vandals easily gain access and break glass, graffiti the walls and leave their trash in the control rooms and vents at the tunnel's western portal. 

To put the length of of these Turnpike tunnels into perspective ...

If you have ever been to any of the Paris hotels in France and have seen or visited the Eiffel Tower ... the shortest of all of the seven original tunnels (Ray's Hill Tunnel at 3,532 feet) is about 4 times as long as the Eiffel Tower is high. 

The longest tunnel, Sideling Hill (6,782 feet), is 7 times as long as the Tower is high. 

Average two-story cheap hotels would line up almost 350 times.

Current Ownership:   

Southern Alleghenies Conservancy

Visitation Permitted?  

Interior Lighting:



Not as dark as Sideling
Hill. You can see a shaft
of light from the opposite portal.  Look closely at
the picture on the left
of this row.


Click on the link to the left to visit the Pike-2-Bike Trail's website.  They offer up-to-date information on the trail availability as well as guided tours and information about the trailheads and where to best access the trail.

western portal:

-78.20789, longitude

40.01542, latitude

eastern portal:

-78.19830, longitude

40.02059, latitude

(Library of Congress, 1940)

Being as short as it
was, Ray's Hill Tunnel
only had exhaust/
ventilation fans built 
into its western portal.  

Ray's Hill is noted as
the only tunnel with fans above only one portal.

Shown in 1940, before
the Turnpike opened

The eastern portal,
shown in 2001


(Southern Alleghenies Conservancy, 2001)


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