|The old North Midway Service Plaza in 2002.|
What makes these service plazas more unique is that a tunnel underneath the Turnpike connects the two buildings. This tunnel, now closed to travelers and the general public, is used for storage space. The tunnel is no longer accessible at North Midway as the current restroom facilities are now above it. The tunnels were in fact at one time open to the traveling public. As late as the mid-sixties, you were still able to cross underneath the turnpike via the tunnel. (1) Below, John Bibber has included some photos of the tunnel.
|The Interior of the Midway Service Tunnel. (John Bibber)|
|Underneath the former entrance to the North Midway Plaza. You can see the location of the original stairway. (John Bibber)|
|This appears to be a current meeting facility or break room on the second floor of the South Midway Plaza. (John Bibber)|
Sources & Links:
- Historic PA Turnpike Service Plazas ---Interesting Pennsylvania
- (1) Hoffman, Tom. 'Re: Midway Service Plazas Page Online.' Personal e-mail, July 20, 2002.
- Mike Austing
- John Bibber