Breezewood is a settlement in Bedford County in south-central Pennsylvania, known mainly as the location of a gap in Interstate 70 that is not up to Interstate standards.
The settlement is not incorporated under Pennsylvania law and is treated as a portion of East Providence Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Although it is not being tracked by the Census Bureau, the settlement has been assigned the ZIP code of 15533.
I-70 uses a surface road (part of US 30) with at-grade intersections between the freeway heading south to Hancock, Maryland, and the ramp to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Local businesses, including many traveler services like fast food restaurants, gas stations and motels, have lobbied to keep the gap and not directly connect I-70 to the Turnpike, fearing a loss of business. This short stretch is one of only two locations in the U.S. where there is a traffic light on a two-digit interstate highway (excluding their real termini).
There are other places, like Breezewood, where drivers must use non-Interstate standard surface streets to travel between two freeways. In roadgeek lingo, these phenomena are dubbed "breezewoods."
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