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Old Pennsylvania Turnpike Tunnels to Become Bike Trails

Today’s quick hit comes from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Old sections of the Pennsylvania Turnpike are planned to be transformed into bike trails. The proposed trail site is located in South-Central Pennsylvania, near Breezewood. Initial plans call for “improvements ranging from lighting the tunnel, to repaving one lane of travel, to creating trailheads, signage and bathrooms, all at an estimated cost of $2.66 million.” A completion date for the project has not been established.

I read about this project earlier this year and thought that it was a creative idea. Almost any project involving bike trails is a good project in my book, I just hope that they design the tunnels with adequate lighting and quality interior design. The trails will not be utilized if users feel uncomfortable in the tunnels.

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