Save Graffiti Highway. CONYGHAM TOWNSHIP, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Graffiti Highway near Centralia has been a hidden gem in Columbia County over the last … It's covered in graffiti, making it a popular photo op. The closed section of the road was used by pedestrians and bicyclists and was covered with graffiti. Graffiti Highway in Centralia is being torn up today, according to residents. This section was closed due to the road surface being buckled from the heat of the fire burning below. Graffiti Highway is a cultural landmark for many Pennsylvanians — a reminder of how beautiful things can arise from awful situations. It’s pretty easy to miss the entrance to the graffiti highway because while it’s marked on Google maps, there isn’t exactly a neon sign pointing the way to the entrance. Fox Coal Company, of Mount Carmel, was hired by the Graffiti Highway’s owner, Pagnotti Enterprises, of Wilkes-Barre, to cover the road with backfill. PennDOT wants to cut public access to Graffiti Highway. The former Route 61, which went through town, has been closed to traffic for 27 years, during which time it slowly became covered in graffiti. The Graffiti Highway became Centralia’s new public square, offering visitors a barrage of constantly evolving, often droll, visual novelty. The colorful stretch of Route 61 through Centralia, closed to traffic since 1993, is being covered with dirt by a local coal company, CNN reports. Pennsylvania's "Graffiti Highway," an abandoned stretch of road that's become an unofficial tourist attraction, is being covered with truckloads of dirt to discourage trespassers. The owners of Graffiti Highway closed the site earlier this month, covering it with between 8,000 and 10,000 tons of dirt, The (Sunbury) Daily Item reported. CENTRALIA, Columbia County – An impromptu and unofficial tourist attraction just over the Schuylkill County line will be no more by the end of the week. The closed portion of PA 61 was known as "Graffiti Highway". It's toxic. This is not the case. 'Graffiti Highway' is a .74- mile long abandoned stretch of Route 61 that was closed in 1993 after it had been damaged beyond repair and deemed 'extremely dangerous' from an underground coal mine fire that has been burning since 1962 Graffiti Highway, in Centralia, Pennsylvania. ... Allentown’s landmark Ritz Barbecue restaurant, which closed … Luke Maffei started this petition to Governor Tom Wolf and 6 others. I didn’t explore, because I was eager to get to the graffiti highway! This is a sad end to what had been a perfectly awesome, thoroughly spontaneous form of legitimate public art. According to the website Skook News, Pagnotti Enterprises, the owner of the highway and adjacent land, was … ‘Graffiti Highway’ is a .74- mile long abandoned stretch of Route 61 that was closed in 1993 after it had been damaged beyond repair and deemed ‘extremely dangerous’ from an underground coal mine fire that has been burning since 1962 (CNN) -- Pennsylvania's "Graffiti Highway," an abandoned stretch of road that's become an unofficial tourist attraction, is being covered with truckloads of dirt to discourage trespassers. CONYNGHAM TOWNSHIP -- Part of Route 61 in Centralia has been closed to vehicles for more than 20 years. This petition had 24,167 supporters. Old Route 61 (Graffiti Highway) [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ashland, Pennsylvania and is good for all skill levels. This damaged section of the road was closed in 1993 due to the ongoing mine fire. The former road known as Graffiti Highway near Centralia draws big crowds during the coronavirus pandemic, but is shut down. In fact, that name was coined as recently as 2010. @ericadams321. The infamous “Graffiti Highway” in Centralia has been covered over and buried with around 9, 000 tons of dirt, trucked in by Fox Coal Company Mining, on behalf of … The Graffiti Highway in Centralia, Pennsylvania. How to find the entrance to the graffiti highway of Centralia. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Graffiti is popping up all over Central Florida. This thoroughfare wasn’t always known as the Graffiti Highway. The entire town was abandoned when an underground fire broke out, and as a result, so was the highway that ran to it. The "Graffiti highway" os now covered with piles of dirt. A dump truck with Fox Coal Company dumps a load of dirt onto the Graffiti Highway outside of Centralia, Pa., Monday, April 6, 2020, while working to cover up the tourist denotation. "The Graffiti Highway is a historic landmark recognized by much of Pennsylvania's as well as surrounding states' young adult communities," wrote the petition's creator Nick Minnich. Petition Closed. In 1993, Route 61 south of Centralia was officially closed after the side effects of the underground mine fire … It has been closed for years, but it became a sort of a macabre attraction for visitors to see what remains of the former coal town. The highway which was closed due to the Centralia mine fires has turned into a 1 1/2 mile stretch of graffiti. A dump truck with Fox Coal Company dumps a load of dirt onto of the Graffiti Highway outside of Centralia, PA, Monday, April 6, 2020, while working to cover up the tourist denotation. Because of the coal mine fire in Centralia, the original branch of Routes 54 and 61, which went from Centralia to Ashland, has been permanently closed because the road has severely opened up and buckled extensively. On overgrown path leading to somewhere. Still, "Graffiti Highway," as it's known, continues to … Graffiti Highway (Centralia) to be closed by owners An abandoned portion of Route 61 commonly known as Graffiti Highway will be a thing of the past in Centralia, according to a borough official. Be careful not to breathe in any smoke or steam. There’s some good news for those looking to explore the Graffiti Highway in Centralia, PA. The Graffiti Highway is one of the most popular locations to visit in Centralia PA. On a typical day, one can travel along the road and see many other people walking it. Graffiti Highway to Be Covered with Dirt, Trees, and Grass On Monday, a project was started to cover Centralia's "Graffiti Highway" with dirt, trees, and grass. The Graffiti Highway was once part of Pennsylvania Route 61, which was closed in 1993 due to damage from the fire.WGAL visited Centralia in 2017. … The Graffiti Highway, most of it actually lies in Conyngham Township, was closed to traffic in 1993. 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