Most People Have No Idea This Unique Tunnel In Pennsylvania Exists

We’ve all driven along the Pennsylvania Turnpike at least once in our lives. After all, the scenic route may be, well, more pleasing to the eyes, but the fastest way to most destinations is usually via the turnpike. Did you know that Pennsylvania’s Turnpike has been hiding some secrets? Thirteen miles of it were abandoned when a new stretch of the turnpike opened in the late 1960s.

Along that abandoned stretch of turnpike sits three tunnels, including the Laurel Hill Tunnel, a pretty unique tunnel in Pennsylvania that holds a secret not everyone knows about (unless, maybe, you’re a big racing fan or a member of the racing community).


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The Rumors Swirl

Laurel Hill Tunnel, however, didn’t exactly fade into obscurity thanks to a rumor that spread in the automobile racing world in the early 2000s. Rumor had it that the Laurel Hill Tunnel, which sat empty since the mid-1960s, had become prime real estate for one racing mogul.

Rumors started with local residents who described hearing the roaring of engines and the squeaking of wheels while others who hiked near the long-abandoned tunnel discovered the tunnel had a new look. A shiny silver tube of sorts now led into the tunnel from which those sounds – that sounded suspiciously like racing cars – came.

Is the Laurel Hill Tunnel Hiding a Secret?

The rumors swirled for quite a few years that Chip Ganassi, a former race car driver who now headed Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, had transformed the Laurel Hill Tunnel – which stretched 4,541 feet, less than a mile – into a race car testing laboratory of sorts. The tunnel had, since approximately 2004, been used to study aerodynamics with the assistance, of course, of race cars.

Hints from the Laurel Hill Tunnel

No one has yet confirmed or denied the secret use of the Laurel Hill Tunnel, which has apparently been the site of several crashes during testing, but it became a headline in such racing publications as Road & Track and its secret has pretty much been accepted as fact.

Laurel Hill Tunnel isn’t the only forgotten place in Pennsylvania but it certainly is one of the most unique.