Interstate 70 West - Baltimore to Carroll County

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Interstate 70 West
Interstate 70 begins as the main exit point from the Park and Ride located at the city limits of Baltimore and the western edge of Gwynns Falls Park. The first exit along westbound Interstate 70 provides access to Security Boulevard (Maryland 122) northwest. Security Boulevard heads to the Social Security Administration complex, then west beyond the Interstate 695 beltway to the Security Square Mall and North Rolling Road. A loop ramp to Cooks Lane southeast to U.S. 40 and the city of Baltimore follows. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Security Boulevard (Maryland 122) becomes Cooks Lane at the intersection with Forest Park Avenue south of Interstate 70. Cooks Lane branches southeast from there to the Hunting Ridge community of west Baltimore, ending at U.S. 40 (Edmonson Avenue).
A Baltimore County sign lies before the Exit 94 off-ramp. Photo taken 12/30/08.
After passing the Social Security Administration Building on the right (north) of the freeway, Interstate 70 approaches an interchange with Interstate 695, the Baltimore Beltway. For being so close to a major urban center, Interstate 70 feels remarkably rural as it passes between Security Boulevard and Interstate 695. Part of this is due to the trees, but it is also due to a noticeable lack of traffic. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Two of the three westbound lanes for Interstate 70 default onto the Exit 91 off-ramp to Interstate 695. The majority of commuters utilizing the Park & Ride facility and Security Boulevard interchange return to the Baltimore Beltway instead of taking the semi-rural trek of Interstate 70 west to Howard County. Photo taken 07/02/10.
A look at the original set of signs posted on the half mile approach to Exit 91 from Interstate 70 west. The overheads on this sign bridge featured button copy text. Imprints in the sign were visible for three arrows for the westbound lanes; these arrows were removed when Interstate 70 was reduced to one through lane over the Interstate 695 stack interchange. Photo taken 06/17/00.
The left lanes consolidate into one lane for through traffic on westbound Interstate 70 to Frederick, while the two right lanes exit onto Interstate 695. The beltway inner loop heads north toward Interstate 795, Pikesville, Towson, and Interstate 83 to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; the outer loop ventures southeast toward Interstate 95 to Washington, the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and Interstate 97 to Glen Burnie and Annapolis. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Taking the Exit 91 off-ramp to its split into north and southbound components. Interstate 695 north next meets Maryland 26 (Liberty Road) at Lochearn and Milford. Travelers continuing onto the beltway south come across U.S. 40 (Naitonal Pike) at Westview and Catonsville. Photo taken 07/02/10.
A symmetrical stack interchange with high speed connectors for all directions of travel, Exit 91 was designed to carry significantly more traffic on the connector ramps to and from Interstate 70 east of Interstate 695. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Interstate 70 continues west from the one lane over crossing above Interstate 695 and merges with traffic from the beltway. What was a relatively quiet ride between the Park and Ride and Interstate 695 changes dramatically after Exit 91 with the addition of commuters and trans-continental traffic alike.
While Interstate 70 continues three miles east of Interstate 695 (Baltimore Beltway) to the Baltimore city line, the first westbound reassurance shield resides just west of Exit 91. Many many more are to come on the drive west to Cove Fort, Utah. Photo taken 06/08/12.
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Posted in Baltimore County, Maryland between June and August of 2004, this mileage sign lists major cross country destinations along Interstate 70 and its western terminus at Cove Fort, Utah. A new mileage sign was installed by August 23, 2010 and affixed to the back side of the new overhead assembly over I-70 east. Photo taken 08/07/04. Second photo taken 06/08/12.
The next exit along westbound beyond the beltway is Exits 87A-B for U.S. 29 north to Maryland 99 (Old Frederick Road) and south to Columbia and Washington, D.C. A non-reflective button copy sign for U.S. 29 remained in use until 2005. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The next exit along westbound beyond the beltway is Exits 87A-B for U.S. 29 north to Maryland 99 (Old Frederick Road) and south to Columbia and Washington, D.C. A non-reflective button copy sign for U.S. 29 remained in use until 2005. Photo taken 08/07/04. Photo taken 06/08/12.
Interstate 70 westbound at the Patapsco River crossing into Howard County. The freeway also travels through Patapsco Valley State Park north of Chestnut Hill. Photo taken 06/08/12.
One-mile sign bridge for the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exits 87A/B) with U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) on Interstate 70 westbound. The northern terminus of U.S. 29 is located nearby at Mt. Hebron. U.S. 29 originally extended east into Baltimore to Pratt / Lombard Streets and U.S. 1 (Fulton Avenue / Monroe Street). Photo taken 06/08/12.
U.S. 29 reaches its northern terminus only a half-mile north of here, at the point where it meets Old Frederick Road (Maryland 99). South through Columbia and past MD 100 and MD 32, U.S. 29 is a freeway. South of the District of Columbia, U.S. 29 is a major route into the Deep South, serving the cities of Charlottesville, Charlotte, Greenville, Atlanta, Auburn, and ultimately Pensacola. Rogers Avenue crosses over I-70 ahead of Exit 87 to become Maryland 99 (Old Frederick Road) at Mt. Hebron and U.S. 29. Photo taken 06/08/12.
Simultaneous ramps depart from I-70 westbound for northbound U.S. 29 to MD 99 / Old Frederick Road the U.S. 29 freeway south to the master planned community of Columbia. Columbia was built from scratch using an urban planning concept based upon a pedestrian city. While it was considered innovative at its time during the 1970s, the surrounding areas grew with more typical suburban development. Photo taken 08/07/04.
A new sign bridge and carbon copied overheads were installed by 2008 at the ramp departures of Exits 87A/B. Exit 87A merges onto the left side of U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) ahead of its interchange with U.S. 40 (Baltimore National Pike) west of Ellicott City. Photo taken 06/08/12.
After the U.S. 29 interchange, Interstate 70 leaves much of the suburban feel of the highway behind and approaches Exit 83, Marriottsville Road. Frederick is 30 miles further. Photo taken 06/08/12.
Marriottsville Road leads south from Exit 83 to reach Maryland 144 (Frederick Road), which follows the old alignment of U.S. 40 west to Frederick. Photo taken 06/08/12.
Westbound Interstate 70 at the Exit 83 half diamond interchange with Marriottsville Road. After Exit 83, Interstate 70's long-distance companion, U.S. 40, meets up with Interstate 70 at Exit 82. Exit 82 is a wye interchange; motorists needing access to U.S. 40 (Baltimore National Pike) east should use Marriottsville Road south. Once U.S. 40 merges onto westbound Interstate 70, the freeway again features six lanes. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Sign replacement for the Exit 83 off-ramp of Interstate 70 west. Marriottsville Road arcs northeast to Marriottsville at Patapsco Valley State Park and into Baltimore County, continuing all the way to Maryland 26 (Liberty Road) near Randallstown. Photo taken 06/08/12.
Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 west
The next exit along westbound Interstate 70 and now cosigned U.S. 40 is Maryland 32 (Sykesville Road). Deceptively rural through here, Maryland 32 south becomes a freeway at Clarksville, then angles southeast past Columbia, Annapolis Junction, and Odenton to meet Interstate 97 at Millersville. As yet, the Maryland 32 freeway has not yet been extended to Interstate 70. Photo taken 06/08/12.
Westbound Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 at Exit 80 for Maryland 32 southeast to Clarksville and north to Sykesville. Maryland 32 continues north to Westminster, where it meets Maryland 97 and Maryland 140. Photo taken 06/08/12.
A weigh/inspection station is located midway between Exits 80 and 76 along westbound. Photo taken 06/08/12.
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Most state-named Interstate shields in Maryland have disappeared over the years and very few still remain. This particular assembly near West Friendship was replaced by 2008. Photo taken 08/07/04. Second photo taken 06/08/12.
Passing by the truck scales along Interstate 70 west. Photo taken 06/08/12.
The next exit links I-70 west with Maryland 97 (Hoods Mill Road). Maryland 97 heads north to Westminster, where it meets Maryland 140, then continues along the former path of U.S. 140 en route to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Looking south, Maryland 97 follows a straight path toward Montgomery County and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Photo taken 08/07/04.
A sign replacement of the one-mile panel for Maryland 97 eliminates the center exit tab, but does not feature the now-Maryland standard Clearview font. Photo taken 06/08/12.
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Nearing the Exit 76 diamond interchange with Maryland 97 (Hoods Mill Road) at Cooksville. Maryland 97 becomes Pennsylvania 97 on the northward drive to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Southward the state highway becomes Georgia Avenue at the Montgomery County line en route to Brookeville and Olney. Photo taken 06/01/04. Second photo taken 06/08/12.
Westbound Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 at the Exit 76 off-ramp to Maryland 97 to Westminster and Olney. Maryland 97 travels 55.27 miles overall from U.S. 29 in Silver Spring to the Pennsylvania state line.
Damage to the sign panel, sometime between 2009 and 2008, resulted in the replacement of the MD-97 shield. Photo taken 06/08/12.
The succeeding exit along westbound Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 is located two miles ahead with Maryland 94. Frederick is just 20 miles further. Photo taken 06/08/12.
The next exit along westbound Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 is Exit 73, Maryland 94, two miles. Frederick is just 20 miles further. Photo taken 06/08/12.
Maryland 94 heads south to Lisbon and north toward Woodbine. The state highway travels just 6.3 miles between its endpoints. Photo taken 06/08/12.
Nearing the diamond interchange (Exit 73) with Maryland 94 (Woodbine Road) on I-70 west. Woodbine Road navigates through roundabouts both north and south of Interstate 70. Maryland 144 (Frederick Road) intersects Maryland 94 at Lisbon and Old Frederick Road meets Woodbine Road between Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 and the Carroll County line. Photo taken 06/08/12.
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Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 westbound at Exit 73 (Maryland 94). Maryland 94 sees its northern terminus at the Old Frederick Road roundabout near Woodbine. Southward the state highway follows Woodbine Road to Florence and Annapolis Rock. Maryland 94 ends at the Patuxent River crossing and Montgomery County line within Patuxent River State Park. Photo taken 08/07/04. Second photo taken 06/08/12.
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What was the second in a series of Interstate 70 Maryland & U.S. 40 westbound reassurance shields, posted after the Exit 73 on-ramp near Poplar Springs. Photo taken 08/07/04. Second photo taken 12/30/08.
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Another typical mileage sign (and its replacement) posted along a Maryland Interstate highway. Posted here are distances for Maryland 27 (Exit 68) and the city of Frederick. Photo taken 08/07/04. Second photo taken 06/08/12.
Exiting Howard County for a short jaunt across the southwestern tip of Carroll County. Photo taken 06/08/12.


 


Photo Credits:

06/17/00, 06/01/04, 08/07/04, 08/27/05, 12/30/08, 07/02/10, 06/08/12 by AARoads

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Interstate 695 - Baltimore Beltway
U.S. 29
U.S. 40

Page Updated 11-11-2012.