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Throwback

Interstate 95 on I-495 with the temporary I-895 applied - 1980 Gousha Wilmington inset.
Exit numbers remained unchanged along Interstate 895 through Wilmington, still reflecting the sequential system extended from the Delaware Turnpike.

Former Interstate 895


Routing

Interstate 895 was the temporary designation given to Interstate 95 between the split with Interstate 495 near Newport and the merge with I-495 at Claymont.

Interstate 895 appeared on the 1981 Rand McNally North American Road Atlas.

History

Interstate 895 was in place in Wilmington and New Castle County between 1979 and 1982 during a major reconstruction project involving the Wilmington Viaduct along Interstate 95. During this time period, I-95 shifted onto the newly opened Wilmington bypass in an effort to move through traffic away from the city. When construction was complete, I-95 was restored through Wilmington and Brandywine Hundred as Interstate 495 was reassigned to the east by the Port of Wilmington and Edgemoor.

The I-895 designation was not the first number sought by the state of Delaware for the Wilmington Viaduct project. A disapproved application made to AASHTO on June 28, 1978 that sought to renumber I-95 as Interstate 595. This was made in conjunction with the conditionally approved renumbering of I-495 as the new mainline of I-95.

A second renumbering application was made to AASHTO on October 28, 1978. This proposal involved renumbering I-95 from Delaware 141, near Newport, to U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) as Interstate 195 and the remainder of I-95 from Concord Pike north to Claymont as Interstate 395. AASHTO conditionally approved this plan.

A third change occurred at the June 26, 1979 AASHTO meeting, where the Interstates 195 and 395 designations were collectively renumbered as simply Interstate 895. The I-895 designation was short lived as it was dropped as approved by AASHTO on November 14, 1980, with I-495 restored along the Delaware River.



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