Breezewood is my favorite example of cronyism in the entire state of PA. The town lies at the junction of Interstate 70 and the PA Turnpike, where some 15,000 cars a day must exit one of the roads, drive through a commercial stretch of town dotted by numerous restaurants, gas stations, and a few stop lights, then enter the other highway to continue their journey.
On Thanksgiving 2008 I drove up I-70 to get on the turnpike heading west. The last three miles of I-70 was backed up due to the stoplight at the end of the freeway in town. I have sat here more than 10 minutes on some occasions waiting for the light to cycle.
On the return trip, I decided to be smart and avoid the turnpike by taking Route 30. Entering Breezewood on Route 30, I was stuck in a mile long backup that took another 15 or 20 minutes. I think the turnpike backup might have been a better bet.
Some research shows these 15,000 cars a day (5.5 million a year!) are forced through this town because state politicians have caved to a handful of local business owners. A real interchange would not only be perfectly logical, but the land is undeveloped and potentially available. I refuse to get gas in this town, and I refuse to get food in this town.
Route 15 from the New York State border down to at least Harrisburg, PA is beautiful driving during the summer months but can be deadly in winter and dangerous during rain storms in spring and fall. The ups and downs and twists and turns give you excellent vantage views in summer but provide great chances for skids and rear-enders from trucks going down hill in bad weather. The winds on top of some of the hills can easily move your car a half a lane when the road is slippery. Some of the bridges and turns have grooved pavement for better grip but not enough of them have been upgraded.
I-81 is a much better road to choose to go through Pennsylvania in bad weather. The extra little mileage you travel will be worth the increase in safety.
Be aware if you are travelling in the more remote and woodsy areas of the state that the bugs can be almost intolerable!
Once when Louis and i were traveling somewhere in Northest PA, I was driving up a windy mountaian road with my arm resting on the window, when SPLAT! this huge bug exploded on my hand! Quite disgusting, Louis was laughing really hard but he had the presence of mind to hand me a tissue.
Another time when we were hiking at Rickett's Glen, the little black flies buzzed around are heads all day. Our only relief was sticking our head in our shirts!
So long story short, bring bugspray! oh and tissues!:)
In the Amish areas, there are warnings for auto drivers to beware when they encounter a slow moving horse and buggy which may pull out into the traffic. You either need to wait for passing lane or wait until they pull over for you. Horse drawn buggies only travel at 4 to 9 mph. When pulling farm equipment they will be slower. A horse may back up a few feet when stopped. Leave some distance between your car and the buggy in front of you at a stop sign or traffic light.
HOME SWEET HOME-a motel in Gettysburg that looks like a cute home on the outside, but was the worst-looking place inside that we ever stayed at. There was no telephone inside and the paint was peeling off the walls, plus the plumbing did not work well.
State law allows 5 mph leeway on highway speed. You can go 70 MPH on interstates with impunity.
I-78 from Reading Exit to Pennsylvania - New Jersey Border is VERY DANGEROUS -- Drive Carefully, there have been a lot of fatal accidents on this stretch of road.
sorry edinboro. you have a quaint little town and i'm sure your university is very nice (sharon stone went there!) but as far as any high school marching band is concerned this place is somewhat like how i imagine hell to be
It is said the leading cause of death in winter storms is driving accidents. PA is no exceptions as vehicle accidents are very common on the state's highways during the cold, wet winter months.
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