Where’s my backpack suggested a photo theme for this week, Through. My first thoughts were of a tunnel I’ve been through a few times. I don’t remember when the first time I rode through it, but the last time was in the mid 60’s, then about a year ago I hiked a hike through (and back) this mile-and-a-half long tunnel. The Sideling Hill Tunnel was once the longest tunnel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, once a two lane road, then widened to a divided highway, but the tunnels were still only two lanes. Not a good thing with today’s traffic. So a more modern road replaces parts of the old one, and here actually goes over the Sideling Hill Tunnel. At the eastern portal one can hear traffic on the new route, about a quarter of a mile away over the abandoned tunnel.
These photos were taken on a cold winter day a couple of years ago when I took a hike through the tunnel with some urban explorers.
The western portal of the Sideling Hill Tunnel
No you can’t see through to the other end, the roadway actually has a rise in the middle. This photo is somewhere in mid-tunnel. A one-minute exposure picks up enough light from the glow at the far end, and an LED lamp “light paints” the walls for a few hundred feet ahead.