DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Dreadfully quiet and deserted sites have always attracted explorers, and in the US state of Pennsylvania, the deserted stretch of Route 61, which has been dubbed the ‘Graffiti Expressway’, attracts tourists despite measures to stay at home, and is therefore covered in dirt to drive away Transgressors.
The road, decorated with graffiti and graffiti, dates back to 1993, when it was closed due to damage from the coal fires that have been under the town of Centralia for more than 50 years, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
The state says the area is very dangerous, but that has not prevented people from coming to see the graffiti over the past decade and adding their own fees.
On Monday, CNN-affiliated “WNEP” reported that local coal company crews were covering the highway, as tourists came to take a final look.
They brought about 400 payloads of material, and then they would settle it, and probably plant it, to grow trees and grass from, ”Vincent Guaruna of Fox Coal said to WNEP.
Guarana explained to WNEP that the insurance company, “Pagnotti Enterprises”, which owns the property, had hired them to cover the “Graffiti Highway” due to fears of large crowds there.
CNN was unable to reach Pagnotti Enterprises for comment.
Our guarana told WNEP: “I think someone was setting fire to the site a few weeks ago,” adding that “they are doing a lot of damage to the community there, and it is time to end it.”
Guarana indicated that the process of covering the road will take 3 to 4 days.
A visitor told WNEP that he watched online videos of people holding the concerts there.
“I think the owners are tired and decide to cover everything,” Anthony Procopio told WNEP.
The town of Centralia is about an hour northeast of Hershey, Pennsylvania, and was home to about 1,200 people. It is now a ghost town due to the fires.
The fires started in 1962 as a result of cleaning a landfill, but the fire ignited a seam of coal that runs under the town. It has continued to burn since, according to the state of Pennsylvania.
The US Congress allocated $ 42 million in 1984 to relocate homes and businesses in the town. The state says only five families stayed in Centralia as of 2013.
Many of the town’s properties have been demolished, but tourists still come to see what remains of the ghost town and the expressway covered with graffiti and drawings, which sometimes emits steam, i.e. cracks in the asphalt.
“He is very cool, his story is great,” Hannah Quinn, who came from Harrisburg to watch the highway, told WNEP. “I think they mentioned it as a ghost town or something, which is somewhat terrifying.”