Interstate 195 provides the main access route into Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). The north-south freeway travels 4.88 miles south from Maryland 166 and a park and ride lot just north of I-95 near Bloomsbury to the passenger terminal at BWI Airport.
Origins of the I-195 freeway date back to 1952 with the opening of the access road to then Friendship International Airport from Maryland 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway). Named Metropolitan Boulevard and designated Maryland 46, the 1.86-mile freeway spur opened to service the new airport.1
1960s plans for the route focused on the stretch between U.S. 1 (Washington Boulevard) northward to Maryland 166 at Rolling Hills. This work coincided with construction of the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus. Signed as Maryland 166, the freeway opened south from I-95 to U.S. 1 in August 1974 and north to Rolling Road in 1975. The Interstate 195 designation was applied to the entire route of Metropolitan Boulevard on November 15, 1975, with cancellation of Interstate miles elsewhere in the state.1
The 1.5-mile long portion between U.S. 1 (Washington Boulevard) and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway passes through Patapsco Valley State Park. Environmental concerns delayed construction of the route until 1985. It was completed on June 20, 1990.1
Interstate 195 Maryland Highway Guides
|Scenes pertaining to Interstate 195|
|Maryland 166 north|
|Rolling Road northbound curves toward the junction with Maryland 166 north and Interstate 195 south. Maryland 166 constitutes 2.71 miles of Rolling Road between Interstate 195 and junction Maryland 144 (Frederick Road) at Catonsville. Photo taken 10/10/04.|
|Maryland 166 south|
|Leaving the west end of Maryland 372 (Wilkens Avenue) along Maryland 166 (Rolling Road). The state route approaches Interstate 195 south of Foxhall Farm Road. Photo taken 07/02/10.|
|Approaching the eastbound beginning of Interstate 195 on Rolling Road south. Maryland 166 ends as Rolling Road enters Patapsco Valley State Park. Photo taken 07/02/10.|
|Interstate 195 leaves Rolling Road and immediately meets Interstate 95. Rolling Road splits with Selford Road nearby. Selford Road passes over the adjacent freeway to the community of Relay. Photo taken 06/27/10.|
- Metropolitan Boulevard (I-195), DCRoads.net.
2000-06-17, 2004-10-10, 2010-06-27, 2010-07-02 by AARoads
Page Updated 03-22-2011.