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9.29.2016

Layton Tunnel and Bridge, Layton, PA, Fayette County

On one of our random and aimless drives, we headed down Route 51 and then cut off of the road. I was going wild with excitement when I saw this majestic little tunnel coming up.
Layton Tunnel and Bridge. A former rail tunnel and bridge. Both date back to 1893 and were abandoned for rail use in 1931. In 1933 they were converted to automobile use. The bridge crosses the Youghiogheny River and the Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail.
The Layton Bridge is a Pratt Through Truss Bridge that measures in an a stunning 911 feet. It is a half through truss and half deck bridge. If I had to pick out one bridge that was my absolute favorite in the state, this would have to be taken into consideration. My goodness it is so spectacular and peculiar at the same time. I think the way in which this tunnel entry and bridge are so dramatic is even more beautiful than the entry into Pittsburgh on the Fort Pitt Bridge. The bridge is even shown in the classic movie, Silence of the Lambs. The house used in the final sequence of the movie is located right nearby in Perryopolis. 
The views of the Youghiogheny River Gorge are also stunning. This is a gorgeous area that you should definitely check out. The natural setting mixed with this odd tunnel and bridge make this a true sight to behold. Spectacular place.

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