|Longest of the original seven tunnels on the Pennsylvania Turnpike|
|Length: 6,782 feet|
|One of three tunnels abandoned by the turnpike in 1964 and 1968|
Located east of Breezewood, Pennsylvania, near Interstate 70
|Former east-west route of Interstate 76|
|Tunnel boring work started by the South Penn Railroad|
|Operation began with the opening of the turnpike on October 1, 1940|
|Sits about five miles east of the abandoned Ray's Hill Tunnel|
|Four lanes of traffic narrowed to two opposing lanes at the tunnel's entrances|
|Single lanes of traffic in the tunnel led to many traffic jams by the early 1960's|
|Bypassing the tunnel was determined to be a better alternative to twinning the tunnel|
|Closed to traffic on November 26, 1968 when the bypass route opened|
|Still maintained, lit, and guarded until 1973|
|Tunnel portals were boarded up from approximately 1973 until 1988|
|Tunnel used for test unleaded fuel emissions as well as signing reflectivity testing|
|Light is not visible from portal to portal; no interior lighting since closure 1973|
|A slight crown (horizontal rise in elevation) occurs in the tunnel's center to allow for water drainage|
|Raise in tunnel center causes total darkness at the tunnel's center|
|Since October 2001, property of the Southern Alleghenies Conservancy|
|Engineers deem the tunnel safe for passage, without fear of cave-ins|
|Former lettering that spelled out the tunnel's name was made of stainless steel|
|Open to the public for visitation -- bring a very bright flashlight|
|No motorized vehicles are allowed in the tunnel or anywhere on the abandoned roadway|
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