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I-70(E-W)/US 30(W-E) Duplex

70 30

Interstate 70 and United States Route 30 join for a quarter-mile, wrong-way duplex through Breezewood in Bedford County. One might consider this duplex to be more of a missing link of I-70 than a duplex because the implied duplex does not follow a freeway but instead merely links two freeways.


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

Eastbound on US 30, the Lincoln Highway, in Breezewood. Breezewood is home to a quirk in the continuity of I-70, one of the two major interstates that follow the Pennsylvania Turnpike across southern Pennsylvania. No interchange directly connects the Turnpike (I-70/I-76) with the I-70 freeway from Hancock, MD to Breezewood. Instead, I-70 seems to end at US 30 here in Breezewood. Westbound traffic then follows US 30 for a short distance (from the foreground overheard guide sign to the overpass in the background) to connect to the next segment of I-70, which then does connect to the Turnpike with an interchange.

 


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

Signs along US 30 east where the I-70 freeway ends. I-70 east heads into Maryland toward Washington, D.C. and its end in Baltimore.

 


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

Coming from Maryland's I-70 toward Breezewood, there are two places to meet US 30. First, two miles south of Breezewood, I-70 west has an exit with US 30 west, which uses the old PA 126 alignment. Before I-70 was built, PA 126 was the way to Breezewood from the south.

 


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

I-70 reaches US 30 as Exit 147 with newer overhead signs. Ironically, I-70 passes under the Turnpike (I-76) here.

 


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

Directions are posted for staying on I-70 west.

 


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

The I-70 freeway ends at a traffic signal at US 30. US 30 is overrun with gas stations and restaurants for the quarter mile of roadway that I-70 and US 30 share.

 


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

A right turn leads to I-70 west/US 30 east, which actually heads east.

 


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

The duplex is short. Immediately there are signs for the exit onto the toll segment of I-70, which leads to I-76 and the Turnpike.

 


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

I-70 makes a right at the interchange with toll I-70 and US 30. This I-70 freeway is part of the Turnpike. I-70 will link to I-76 for 89 miles, Pennsylvania's longest multiplex.

 


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

Lots of exits to the Turnpike have huge keystone Turnpike shields like this one, which makes the interstate designations seems like nothing more than an afterthought.

 


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

Now on US 30 west to see Breezewood in the opposite direction. US 30 is also part of the Heritage Route here.

 


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

Heading westward, the Turnpike exit comes first. You can see the second exit in the background.

 


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

Now on I-70 east/US 30 west.

 


Timothy Reichard 12/22/02

Then I-70 leaves on its free freeway back to Maryland.

 


Douglas Kerr 12/28/03

Finally, a view on the old Pennsylvania Turnpike, now I-70 eastbound. This trumpet interchange connects to US 30 at the east end of the duplex. The green guide signs are very well worn.

 


Douglas Kerr 12/28/03

I-70 loops passes over US 30 and loops around to the left to merge.

 

 

Local Names

West
70

Pennsylvania Turnpike

East
30

Lincoln Highway

Duplex
70
30

Lincoln Highway

East
70

Interstate 70

West
30

Lincoln Highway

 

Terraserver Imagery

 

Adjacent Multiplexes

70
522

East to Hancock

70
76

West to South Breezewood

30
915

East to Sideling Hill

376
22
30

West to Monroeville

 

 

 

 
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