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RG-29

Records of the PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE COMMISSION



The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was created in 1937 by the Pennsylvania State Legislature, Act No. 211, with the authority to construct, finance, operate, and maintain a toll highway. The Commission consists of five members, four of whom are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for four-year terms. The fifth member of the Board is the Secretary of Transportation. The powers and duties of the Commission are executed through an executive director and various bureaus. The Pennsylvania Turnpike officially opened on October 1, 1940. A detailed history of the Turnpike Commission is available.

Additional materials may be found in the Records of the Department of Highways (RG-12) and the Records of the Department of Transportation (RG-52), specifically in the Secretary's records of both record groups.

The Somerset Historical Center contains a collection of photographs which document the construction of the second tube at the Allegheny Tunnel in Somerset County in 1965. These photographs were taken by Walter Bowen, a professional photographer hired by the Turnpike Commission. Please contact the Historical Center to make and appoint to view these images.


Executive Director

Secretary-Treasurer

Engineering Department

Finance and Administration/Accounting Department

Office of Public Information/Marketing Department

Operations Safety and Incident Response

South Pennsylvania Railroad

Office of the Secretary

Accounts

Business Records

Engineer's Records

Land Acquisition Records

Maps, Blueprints, and Tracings

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company

Everett Iron Company

Potomac and Allegheny Railroad Company

South Pennsylvania Railroad Syndicate



Last minimal processing update: 4/17/2013, acc. #6424


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