Interstate 70 East - Breezewood to Maryland

Interstate 70 east & U.S. 30 west
Travelers continuing along Interstate 70 east from the Pennsylvania Turnpike are dumped onto U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) through Breezewood. The commercialized stretch of U.S. 30 links the trumpet interchange from I-76 with the freeway beginning of I-70 south to Hancock, MD. This is often considered one of the most infamous stretches of the entire Interstate highway.
Midway along the 0.3 mile overlap between Interstate 70 east & U.S. 30 west on Main Street in Breezewood, a sign bridge directs I-70 traffic toward a signalized left turn. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Two large truck stops accompany a number of other travel amenities along the Interstate 70 & U.S. 30 overlap through Breezewood. A traffic light with Breezewood Road north precedes turn of Interstate 70 east toward Maryland. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70 east
Button copy mileage sign that was posted on Interstate 70 east as it leaves U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) and the community of Breezewood. Interstate 70 travels southward from here to the Maryland state line near Warfordsburg. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70 eastbound reassurance shield posted just beyond Breezewood. Although the debate exists for a direct connection between the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) and Interstate 70, local business owners have been stalwart enough to keep that from happening. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Another original guide sign remained in use along Interstate 70 east for Exit 149 and South Breezewood. The non-reflectorized panel was overlaid with an Exit 149 greenout in 2001. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The Exit 149 diamond interchange is signed for South Breezewood. It exists between South Breezewood and Lighthouse Roads.
South Breezewood Road parallels the freeway from Breezewood to Crystal Springs. Photo taken 08/07/04.
One-mile guide sign for Exit 151 (Pennsylvania 915) on Interstate 70 east. Pennsylvania 915 (Crystal Springs Road) intersects South Breezewood Road adjacent to the partial cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 70. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70 eastbound crosses Rays Hill into Fulton County and ahead of the Pennsylvania 915 (Exit 151) off-ramp. Pennsylvania 915 travels 6.6 miles north from Crystal Spring through Akersville to U.S. 30 and Buchanan State Forest. The state route ends at South Breezewood Road, with a local roadway continuing from there to Exit 156. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Mileage sign for the next Interstate 70 exit, Baltimore, and Washington. The two mile difference between Baltimore and the Nation's Capital is based upon the mileage of Interstate 70 and Interstate 270 east from Frederick, Maryland. Photo taken 08/07/04.
A reflectorized guide sign utilizing older specifications represented the two-mile guide sign of Exit 156 on Interstate 70 east. Interstate 70 climbs toward Town Hill along the north slope of Emmaville Mountain on this stretch. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Pennsylvania 643 begins at the Exit 156 interchange of Interstate 70 at Town Hill. The state route travels from there southward 2.3 miles to Flickerville and 7.4 miles to its end at Dott and junction U.S. 522. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70 continues southward through the Exit 156 interchange with Pennsylvania 643. A sharp 15-mph ramp departs ahead almost perpendicular to the eastbound carriageway. The roadway (Old PA-126) that stems south from Pennsylvania 915 at Exit 151 becomes Pennsylvania 643 at the Exit 156 interchange. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Some of the scenery drivers encounter along Interstate 70 eastbound between Exits 156 and 163 in southwest Fulton County. The freeway lines Town Hill initially before turning east toward ac rossing of Sideling Hill. Photos taken 08/07/04.
Exit 163 constitutes the northern terminus of Pennsylvania 731. The 4.7-mile long highway links Interstate 70 with the hamlets of Amaranth and Buck Valley to the southwest. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Appalachian splendor continues to set the tone for Interstate 70 eastbound as it draws to within one mile of Exit 163 and Pennsylvania 731. A partial cloverleaf interchange comprises the junction between the two routes. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Eastbound at the Exit 163 off-ramp onto Pennsylvania 731 south. Use the state highway to reach Barnes Gap and Piney Grove, Maryland via connections with Pennsylvania 484 and 26. A pair of local roadways tie into the interchange from State Game Lands Number 128. Photo taken 08/07/04.
A mileage sign precedes the final Pennsylvania interchange on Interstate 70 eastbound by four miles as the freeway passes through Deneen Gap across Sideling Hill. Mill Hill Road passes over Interstate 70 in the background. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Two-mile guide sign for U.S. 522 (Great Cove Road) north and Exit 168 on Interstate 70 east. The freeway passes through the community of Warfordsburg at the upcoming partial cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 08/07/04.
U.S. 522 southbound joins Interstate 70 for 3.7 miles between Warfordsburg and Hancock, Maryland. The original alignment parallels the tandem as Buck Valley Road (SR 3001) and Warfordsburg Road in Washington County, Maryland. Photo taken 08/07/04.
One mile out from junction U.S. 522 (Exit 168) on Interstate 70 east. U.S. 522 snakes eight miles northward from Exit 168 to the community of Needmore and 15 miles to Big Cove Tannery. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70 eastbound at the ramp departure for U.S. 522 (Great Cove Road) north. Pennsylvania 484 (Buck Valley Road) enters the scene from the northwest and intersects the south end of Great Cove Road alongside Exit 168. The state route migrates 3.3 miles west of Warfordsburg to Stonybreak. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70 east & U.S. 522 south reassurance shield assembly posted within the Exit 168 interchange and replaced by 2009. U.S. 522 southbound traffic merges onto the freeway from a loop ramp to the right. The two highways cross into the state of Maryland in 2.7 miles. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70 east & U.S. 522 south
Intestate 70 east & U.S. 522 precede three miles south to Hancock, Maryland and their split. I-70 turns east from there to Hagerstown before splitting with I-270 at Frederick. Photo taken 06/24/12.
All signs for Exit 1A were replaced with Clearview-font based signs by 2012. Exit 1A departs Interstate 70 east just south of the Maryland state line in Washington County. Photo taken 08/07/04. Second photo taken 06/24/12.
U.S. 522 overlaps with Interstate 70 from Exit 168 to Exit 1B at Hancock, Maryland. The US highway departs the freeway via a left-exit north of the Potomac River town. Photo taken 08/07/04. Second photo taken 06/24/12.
One-mile guide sign for Exit 1B and U.S. 522 south on Interstate 70 east. U.S. 522 crosses the Potomac River into Morgan County, West Virginia, 1.4 miles south of the tri-level stack interchange with Interstate 70 & U.S. 40. Photo taken 08/07/04. Second photo taken 06/24/12.
Buck Valley Road (old U.S. 522) passes over Interstate 70 & U.S. 522 just north of the Pennsylvania state line. Interstate 68 & U.S. 40 follow the National Freeway 38 miles west to Cumberland in the high country of Maryland. Photo taken 08/07/04. Second photo taken 06/24/12.


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