Interstate 70 stretches from Hancock and the Pennsylvania state line to Interstate 695 and the city of Baltimore. Originally Interstate 70 partitioned into the branches of Interstate 70S and Interstate 70N from Frederick eastward. Interstate 70S followed today&apos:s Interstate 270 while Interstate 70N followed the present day Interstate 70 mainline.
Within Maryland, Interstate 70 supplemented or directly overlaid the U.S. 40 corridor from Baltimore west to Hancock. This includes the stretch from Exit 82 west to Exit 59, which opened in 1970 as I-70N.
The 1.95-mile Interstate 70 spur within the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695) ended prematurely at a park and ride lot above Maryland 122 (Security Boulevard). This lightly traveled stretch of freeway will be removed from the Interstate system as part of a Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) project to construct the Red Line subway into Baltimore. Work includes the removal of the MD-122 and I-70 interchange and conversion of the six-lane freeway into a two-lane parkway. It will be maintained by the Maryland State Highway Administration and renamed Cooks Boulevard.1
Interstate 70 Maryland Highway Guides
- Interstate 70 East - Washington County
- Interstate 70 East - Frederick County
- Interstate 70 East - Carroll County to Baltimore
- Interstate 70 West - Baltimore to Carroll County
- Interstate 70 West - Frederick County
- Interstate 70 West - Washington County
Two alignments were planned for Interstate 70 through the city of Baltimore. Traveling east through Gwynns Falls Park, the first projection of Interstate 70N merged with the U.S. 40 corridor before turning south to end at the proposed alignment of Interstate 95 near the Baltimore Ravens stadium. Changes were made later to shift Interstate 70N more southeasterly to include a freeway spur (Interstate 170) along the U.S. 40 corridor and an end at Interstate 95 east of Caton Avenue.
Community opposition stopped construction east into Gwynns Falls and Leakin Parks. A section of freeway opened between the one-way street couplet of U.S. 40 as Interstate 170, and ramp stubs were built from Interstate 95 at Exit 51. A final proposal focused on adding a spur along parts of the Interstate 70 path from I-95 northwest to the I-170 spur. Had this been constructed, the arcing spur would have been designated Interstate 595.
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