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Riverside Tunnel/Turnpike
State Outside Riverside, Pennsylvania, USA Flag of the United States
Campaigns Death Toll
Real-world Counterpart Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike
"Uh-oh, watch out! Deer around here"
"This tunnel was a death trap. They didn't have a chance."

Riverside Tunnel is a turnpike toll booth tunnel seen near in the town of Riverside and plays a minor setting for the first chapter of the Death Toll campaign in Left 4 Dead.


The tunnel is 18'6" (563 cm) in height and 1/2 (804 m) exit mile length, serves as one of the main access points from the North to the town of Riverside and uses a toll booth or turnpike, located on a mountain ridge on the road ahead of a demolished bridge of a dry river, next to a Eastern Waterworks plant as supply of discharge tubes to Riverside. In the tunnel, there is a hidden place (when you look at the tunnel entrance there on a rectangular window with iron bars) and there is the secret. This hidden place there two large exhaust fans for ventilation service tubes down in the tunnel (after the barricade). The tunnel connects off a bridge and traffic flow is controlled by a nearby traffic light (due to the toll booth), which follows the highway eventually leading into the town.

Riverside Tunnel

The entrance to Riverside Tunnel.

It is a long tunnel with side rooms along the side of the tunnel used for storage as well as some mechanical purposes; it also seems the tunnel is near the Eastern Waterworks plant that helps assist with the overflow pipes for Riverside. It is also assumed that the toll booth is inside the tunnel (past the barricade); however, it is never seen in-game by the Survivors.

Current StatusEdit

With the Infection rapidly getting closer to Riverside and the military outpost at Whitney County being overrun, the military's combat engineers deliberately dropped the bridge just outside the Riverside Tunnel as part of a plan to defend Riverside. Once the bridge was down, they next blocked the tunnel to prevent the more direct route leading to the town stopping the Infected; however, it seems that the Infected were able to circle around and make their way to the town anyway. It seems people scattered in all directions trying to make their way to Riverside as many vehicles are seen littered on the highway and in the tunnel which allowed the refugees to become infected.

The Survivors start off after trees have blocked the road, thereby preventing the armored truck from driving on to the town. They re-armed themselves from an abandoned police car and begin to make their way to the military outpost. They access the tunnel after circumventing the problem posed by its demolished approach bridge by the military while trying to navigate their way in the tunnel filled with wrecked motor vehicles. They notice the tunnel's condition such as its roof that has partially collapsed, obstacle course of abandon vehicles, and the barricade that forces them to take an alternate route through the mechanical area. Once the Survivors find various supplies in service spaces on either side of the tunnel and the large service room, they leave it via a doorway leading to pumping facility for Riverside's overflow pipes and rest inside the safe room.


  • A toll booth is never seen in the tunnel despite the chapter title being called "The Turnpike".
  • The speed limit for driving through the tunnel is set at 45 mph (72 km/h).
  • There is also a deer caution sign near the tunnel cautioning drivers; however, Francis will comment on it saying, "careful, deer around here..."
  • This is the first tunnel the Survivors go through, the second being The Tunnel in the Blood Harvest campaign.
  • The military is seen playing a more of an active role than CEDA as the Army has set up a command post at the town where as CEDA just informed people to make their way there.
Locations in Left 4 Dead
L4d no mercy L4d achievement survive garage L4d death toll L4d dead air L4d blood harvest Supreme sacrifice L4D last stand
No Mercy Crash Course Death Toll Dead Air Blood Harvest The Sacrifice The Last Stand
Fairfield Whitney County Riverside Tunnel Newburg Allegheny National Forest Rayford Lighthouse
Holly Street Whitney County Bridge Riverside Greenhouse Richardson Atlantic Brick Factory
Holly Street Subway Station The Truck Depot Riverside First Church Harbor View Hotel Daughtery Farm The Barge
Pawn Shop Riverside Main Street Construction Site Rayford Port
Pump 'N' Run Gas Riverside Park Metro International Airport
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