Breezewood is an unincorporated town in Bedford County in south-central Pennsylvania. Along a traditional pathway for Native Americans, European settlers, and British troops during colonial times, in the early 20th century, the small valley that became known as Breezewood was a popular stopping place for automobile travelers on the Lincoln Highway, beginning in 1913. Greyhound Lines opened a Post House facility in the town in 1935; it closed in 2004. In 1940, Breezewood was designated exit 6 on the just-opened Pennsylvania Turnpike. In the 1960s, Breezewood became the junction of the Turnpike and the new Interstate 70. Later renumbered exit 12, it is now exit 161 on the Turnpike following a change to mileage-based exit numbering. A highway funding anomaly gave rise to a Gap of less than 1 mile on I-70 that was not built to Interstate Highway standards and features traffic lights, which are rarely found on Interstate highways.
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Approximately 2.6 million cars exited the turnpike through Breezewood in 1995. By 2003, that figure had increased to 3.4 million vehicles. During high traffic periods, however, the arrangement can result in extended traffic jams on all three highways. There are a number of gasoline and diesel fuel choices, including several equipped to handle trucks and buses. Within the several block area, a wide variety of family-style restaurants and fast-food outlets are available. Breezewood continues to meet its claim of "Town of Motels" as well. Through the years, it's offered many hundreds of hotel and motel rooms, in a wide variety of price ranges.
According to a 1990 New York Times article, Breezewood offered "no less than 10 motels, 14 fast-food restaurants and 7 fuel and service stations, including two sprawling truck stops." Approximately 1,000 people are employed in Breezewood's commercial district. Business Week stated in 1991, Breezewood is "perhaps the purest example yet devised of the great American tourist trap...the Las Vegas of roadside strips, a blaze of neon in the middle of nowhere, a polyp on the nation's interstate highway system."