Interstate 95 South - Howard County to Capital Beltway

Interstate 95 South
Interstate 95 southbound reassurance shield posted after the wye interchange with Interstate 895 south. Interstate 895 enters the freeway from alongside the Patapsco River and Baltimore Highlands. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Nearing the Montgomery Road overpass on Interstate 95 southbound. An original button copy mileage sign highlighted the distances to Laurel, Washington, and Richmond. It was replaced with a Clearview sign by 2010. Photo taken 12/26/06. Second photo taken 12/30/12.
Interstate 95 skims the eastern reaches of Howard County from the Patapso River southward to the Patuxent River near Laurel. The first three countywide interchanges join the freeway with the Elkridge, Jessup, and Savage areas. Photo taken 12/30/12.
One half mile north of the directional-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 43B/A) with Maryland 100, an east-west freeway linking Interstate 95 with Ellicott City and Glen Burnie. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Maryland 100 is a freeway between Maryland 607 at Pasadena in the southeast and the U.S. 29 freeway in the northwest. Use Exit 43B for Maryland 100 northwest to Columbia and Ellicott City. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Southbound Interstate 95 at Exit 43A, Maryland 100 southeast to Severn, Southgate, Glen Burnie, Lake Shore, and Gibson Island. Maryland 100 provides connections to U.S. 1, Maryland 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway), and Interstate 97. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Travelers next encounter the directional-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 41) with Maryland 175 (Little Patuxent Parkway). Maryland 175 constitutes an expressway like road between U.S. 29 and U.S. 1 (Washington Boulevard). The route serves the nearby Columbia Gateway area, a large office park area bound by Interstate 95, Little Patuxent parkway and Snowden River Parkway. Photo taken 12/30/12.
The carriageways of Interstate 95 separate briefly at Deep Run on the approach to the Exits 41B/A off-ramp to Maryland 175 (Little Patuxent Parkway). Maryland 175 south meets U.S. 1 nearby at Waterloo before crossing into Anne Arundel County en route to Fort George G. Meade and Odenton. Jessup lies east along Maryland 175 and south along U.S. 1. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Maryland 175 (Little Patuxent Parkway) north interchanges with Columbia Gateway Drive and Snowden River Parkway within two miles. The state highway continues northwest to junction U.S. 29 at Columbia. Photo taken 06/20/12.
Exit 41 carries drivers bound for both Maryland 175 north and south in unison. Maryland 175 travels overall between Maryland 3 at Millersville and the U.S. 29 freeway near the Columbia town center. Photo taken 06/20/12.
Interstate 95 motorists travel along side Gateway Commerce Center and next see a reassurance shield and dynamic message sign indicating the travel time to Interstate 495. Photo taken 06/20/12.
Another in a series of original mileage signs, since replaced with a sign utilizing Clearview font, that listed the distance to Richmond. A narrow forested median again separates the two directions of Interstate 95 between Exits 41 and 38. Photo taken 12/26/06. Second photo taken 06/20/12.
Meeting the freeway next is the Maryland 32 freeway at Exits 38B/A. Maryland 32 extends eastward from Interstate 95 through Fort George G. Meade and Odenton and west to Simpsonville. Photo taken 12/26/06. Second photo taken 06/20/12.
Interests to Columbia depart Interstate 95 southbound via Exit 38B (Maryland 32 west). Maryland 32 travels 1.5 miles west to Broken Land Parkway and three miles to the U.S. 29 freeway south of Columbia. The freeway continues west from U.S. 29 to Maryland 108 (Clarksville Pike) at Clarksville; Maryland 32 downgrades into a two-lane highway at that point and turns north to West Friendship, junction Interstate 70 & U.S. 40, and Sykesville. Photo taken 07/11/05. Second photo taken 06/20/12.
Guilford Road passes over Interstate 95 southbound ahead of the Exit 38B ramp departure onto Maryland 32 west. Maryland 32 east continues through the Savage and Jessup areas before entering Fort George G. Meade. Interests to the Laurel Racecourse should use the freeway east to junction U.S. 1 (Washington Boulevard) south. Photo taken 06/20/12. Second photo taken 12/20/12.
Maryland 32 partitions to allow for two left-hand ramps to Interstate 95 at Exit 38A. Exit 38A loops onto the eastbound freeway for the 5.5-mile drive to Fort Meade. Beyond the government complex is Odenton and the junction with Interstate 97 and Maryland 3 at Millersville. Photo taken 06/20/12.
Interstate 95 continues one mile south to the Maryland Welcome Center and rest area in Howard County. Vollmerhausen Road passes over the freeway near the one-mile sign. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 95 passes by Savage Park and across the Middle Patuxent River on the one half mile approach to the Maryland Welcome Center and rest area. Photo taken 08/03/13.
Southbound at the rest area, 1.25 miles north of the full-cloverleaf interchange (Exits 35B/A) with Maryland 212 (Scaggsville Road). Maryland 216 stems northward from Maryland 198 in Laurel to Interstate 95. Photo taken 08/03/13.
Button copy guide sign, and its replacement, for the Exit 35B off-ramp to Maryland 216 (Scaggsville Road) westbound. Maryland 216 continues 2.5 miles west to junction U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) at Scaggsville. The state route follows a relatively new four-lane highway from the freeway to the Exit 13 interchange with U.S. 29. Old Maryland 216 is now signed as Maryland 983. Photo taken 07/11/05. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 35B departs Interstate 95 southbound for Maryland 216 (Scaggsville Road) westbound to Scaggsville, Fulton, and Mooresfield. Maryland 216 ends four miles west of Scaggsville at junction Maryland 108 (Clarksville Pike) in Highland. Photo taken 06/20/12.
Maryland 216 (Scaggsville Road) turns southward from Exit 35A 2.5 miles to junction Maryland 198 (Gorman Avenue / Talbott Avenue) in downtown Laurel. Photo taken 12/26/06. Second photo taken 06/20/12.
Reassurance marker for Interstate 95 posted just after the Stansfield Road underpass. Photo taken 06/20/12.
A travel info sign follows for the Intercounty Connector (Maryland 200 Toll). Opened on November 22, 2011, the toll road connects Interstate 95 near Laurel with Interstate 370 near Rockville and Gaithersburg through the northern D.C. suburbs of Montgomery County. Photo taken 06/20/12.
Crossing the Patuxent River into Prince Georges County, Interstate 95 sees the first sign for Interstate 495. The merge with the Capital Beltway occurs seven miles beyond the county line. Photo taken 12/20/12. Second photo taken 12/30/12. Third photo taken 08/04/13.
Posted near the Brooklyn Bridge Road overpass is the one-mile guide sign for junction Maryland 198 (Exit 33). Maryland 198 follows Gorman Avenue east into Laurel and Sandy Spring Road west into Burtonsville Montgomery County. Photo taken 06/20/12.
One half mile north of the Exit 33B off-ramp onto Maryland 198 (Sandy Spring Road) west to Burtonsville. Maryland 198 consists of a multi-lane divided highway west from Laurel to junction U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) at Burtonsville. The state highway narrows onto Spencerville Road on the drive west from Rusty Acres to Browns Corner and junction Maryland 650 (New Hampshire Avenue). Photo taken 06/20/12.
A three-quarter cloverleaf interchange joins Interstate 95 with Maryland 198 (Sandy Spring Road) at Exits 33B/A. Directional ramps directly connect Maryland 198 (Gorman Avenue) west with Interstate 95 south from Laurel. The state highway partitions into a one-way street couplet of Gorman Avenue (east) and Talbott Avenue (west) through downtown Laurel. Photo taken 06/20/12.
Maryland 198 (Gorman Avenue) ventures 0.75 miles east from Exit 33A to junction Maryland 216 (7th Street) in Laurel and 7.7 miles overall to its end at junction Maryland 32 at Fort George G. Meade. New collector/distributor roadways, still awaiting funding, will replace the current movements at Maryland 198 and continue southward to the Inner County Connector (Maryland 200 Toll). Photo taken 06/20/12.
Approaching junction Maryland 212 (Exit 29B/A) on Interstate 95 southbound near Ammendale and Calverton. The forthcoming full-cloverleaf interchange lies at Little Paint Branch Park. Work began in 2008 on a widening of Interstate 95 that entailed the building of collector distributor roadways for Exits 29B/A and the November 22, 2011-opened Inter-County Connector toll road (Maryland 200). Construction continues to late summer/fall 2014 on the easternmost segment of Maryland 200, which will link Interstate 95 with U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue) to the east. Photo taken 12/26/06.
Longer distance travelers bound for Interstate 66 in Virginia are advised to take Interstate 495 west (Outer) into Northern Virginia. Interstate 495 is an extremely busy route between Kensington and Tysons Corner, Virginia. Work between 2008-12 in Fairfax County, VA added High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes to the Beltway. Photo taken 12/26/06.
One mile north of the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 31) between Interstate 95 and Maryland 200 Toll (Intercounty Connector). Traffic merges onto I-95 south via a wye interchange from Maryland 198 west in this scene. Photo taken 06/20/12.
Van Dusen Road passes over Interstate 95 south as the freeway nears the Exit 31 ramps to the Intercounty Connector (ICC). Presently the ICC leads west only to Interstate 370 at Gaithersburg. The final phase of the Inter-County Connector Project will see the six-lane toll road continue east of Interstate 95 as a four-lane freeway spur with an interchange at Virginia Manor Road and an end at junction U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue). Photo taken 06/20/12.
Interstate 95 southbound shield posted at Van Dusen Road. Photo taken 06/20/12.
The Intercounty Connector utilizes all-electronic toll collection for its 17.21-mile course. Tolls vary depending upon time of day, so motorists are alerted of the toll schedule via dynamic message boards such as this one posted above Interstate 95 south. Photo taken 06/20/12.
The ICC travels through a bevy of suburban communities such as Fairland, Colesville, Cloverly, Olney and Redland. Signs for Maryland 200 Toll omit control cities and instead indicate connections with Interstates 95, 270 and U.S. 29. Photo taken 06/20/12.
A two-lane off-ramp carries all traffic in unison to Maryland 200 Toll. A future westbound ramp will loop onto the ICC east for U.S. 1 outside Laurel. Additional work includes the construction of a c/d roadway to segregate movements from adjacent Maryland 198 from the I-95/ICC movements. Late summer/fall 2014 is the anticipated open date for final phase of the ICC. Photo taken 06/20/12. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
One mile ahead of the Exit 29B off-ramp to Maryland 212 (Powder Mill Road) west. Maryland 212 arcs westward from U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue) at Beltsville to Knollwood, Adelphi, Lewisdale, and north Washington, DC. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Old Gunpowder Road crosses over Interstate 95 south at this reassurance marker. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 29B leaves Interstate 95 southbound for Maryland 212 (Powder Mill Road) west at Calverton. Photo taken 07/11/05. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
A dump truck with the bed up struck the sign bridge at Exit 29B in 2009, damaging both panels and causing the reflectorized shield for Maryland 212 on the left-hand panel to come loose, revealing an original button copy shield. The assembly was replaced by late 2010. Photo taken 07/05/10.
Maryland 212 totals 10.48 miles from the District of Columbia line near Chillum and Takoma Park north to Exit 29 and east to Maryland 201 at Beltsville. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Maryland 212 (Powder Mill Road) continues east from Interstate 95 and Calverton to junction U.S. 1 and Maryland 201 at Beltsville. Maryland 201 begins along Edmonston Avenue south and heads to Greenbelt. Photo taken 07/11/05. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
Immediately after departing the Maryland 212 interchange, Interstate 95 travelers are advised to move into the left-hand lanes for the continuation of the Interstate mainline onto the Capital Beltway inner loop. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 95 partitions into a pair of two-lane ramps for the Capital Beltway Inner and Outer Loops. The ramp onto Interstate 495 west is signed as Exit 27 and features a connection to the Exit 25 interchange with U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue). Interstate 95 mainline drivers cannot access the U.S. 1 collector distributor roadway safely as the freeway merges onto Interstate 495 east (Inner) from the left-hand side. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 95 was planned to continue southward through the heart of Washington, D.C. at one point. A remnant of this plan is a freeway spur from this interchange southward to a park and ride facility. In addition to providing a loop ramp onto Interstate 495 east for U.S. 1 (Exit 25) and a park and ride lot, the freeway spur is also the location of a truck weigh station. Regardless of the direction headed onto I-495, when active all trucks must use Exit 27 to access the scales at the south end of the freeway stub. Photos taken 08/04/13.
Continuing to within one half mile of the Interstate 95 ramp split for the Capital Beltway. Interstate 495 west serves the northern suburbs of Takoma Park, Kensington, Bethesda, Garrett Park, and Silver Spring. The freeway splits with Interstate 270 at Exit 35 and crosses into Northern Virginia between Exits 41 and 43. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interests to the University of Maryland are directed onto Interstates 95 & 495 south to Maryland 201, though taking Exit 27 for U.S. 1 south provides a more direct route to the campus. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Attached to the Cherry Hill Road overpass are overheads featuring large shields for Interstates 95 and 495. I-95 originally was intended to head south into Washington, leaving I-495 to travel the beltway on its own. When it was realized that this plan would not come to fruition, Interstate 95 was relocated from the Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway (I-395) to the eastern half of the Capital Beltway. During that switch, Interstate 495 was decommissioned on the eastern half so that Interstate 95 would travel it solo. In 1991, I-495 was restored to the eastern half of the beltway, now sharing pavement with I-95 between College Park and Springfield, Virginia. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Drivers partition between the Interstate 95 southbound mainline that merges onto Interstate 495 east and Exit 27 to Interstate 495 west and U.S. 1. Interstate 95 south & 495 east travel through nearby College Park and Greenbelt before turning south to New Carrollton, Glenarden and junction U.S. 50 (Interstate 595). The tandem cross the Potomac River into Virginia in 27 miles. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Overall a directional-cloverleaf interchange joins Interstate 95 with the Capital Beltway. The interchange features full access between both roads due to the park and ride and weigh station facilities at the south end. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 27 widens to three lanes with a left-hand off-ramp to the park and ride lot, the weigh station, and loop ramp onto Interstate 495 east for the Exit 25 collector distributor roadway to U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue). Photo taken 08/04/13.
Traffic merges onto Interstate 495 westbound ahead of the Montgomery County line and Maryland 650 at Oakview Park. The left-hand ramp continues along the Interstate 95 freeway spur to the aforementioned facilities. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A wide swath of pavement alludes to the planned extension of Interstate 95 south within the Beltway. A left-hand ramp enters from I-95 north & 495 west. This ramp was intended on serving interests to Washington, but instead is the truck route for the aforementioned weigh station. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A number of trucks line up along the left-hand side of the ending I-95 southbound lanes as motorists approach the loop ramp for U.S. 1 and the park and ride lot. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Nearby U.S. 1 travels through College Park, serving interests to the University of Maryland campus. The loop ramp here joins the right-hand side of I-495 east (inner) to the c/d roadway for Exits 25B/A. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A single lane continues south from the U.S. 1 loop ramp to the weigh station and U-turn ramp north to the park and ride lot. Photo taken 08/04/13.


Photo Credits:

2005-07-11, 2006-12-26, 2010-07-05, 2012-06-20, 2012-12-20, 2012-12-30, 2013-08-03, 2013-08-04 by AARoads

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Interstate 495 - Capital Beltway
Maryland 32 - Patuxent Freeway
Maryland 100
Maryland 200 Toll - Intercounty Connector

Page Updated 06-06-2014.

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