Interstates 95 & 495 North - Capital Beltway Outer Loop

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Interstate 95 Interstate 495 North
Interstates 95 north & 495 east meet Interstate 295 north and National Harbor Boulevard south along the east side of the Potomac Rive near Fox Ferry Point. The National Harbor development lies just to the south. Photo taken 12/16/16.
Welcome to Maryland sign posted a half mile ahead of Exit 3A onto Maryland 210 (Indian Head Highway) south to Indian Head. Photo taken 12/16/16.
Two lanes depart from the Local lanes of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge to Interstate 295 north. I-295 travels onto the Anacostia Freeway by Bolling A.F.B. through south Washington. The Interstate ends at I-695 (11th Street Bridge), which leads west toward Downtown, and D.C. 295, which extends the freeway north to Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Photo taken 12/16/16.
Exit 3 follows from the Thru Lanes to Maryland 210 (Indian Head Highway), a 21.27 mile route south from the DC line by Forest Heights to the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Photo taken 12/16/16.
Visible in the distance is the 24 story MGM National Harbor casino. Spreading across 23 acres, the $1.4 billion resort opened for business on December 8, 2016.1 Photo taken 12/16/16.
Exit 3 leaves simultaneously from the Through lanes as Exit 2 departs the Local lanes. Exit 3 combines with Exit 3A from the Local lanes along the original I-295 connection with Maryland 210 and Oxon Hill Road. Photo taken 12/16/16.
The Maryland and D.C. version of I-295 is the fourth I-95 encounters along the drive north from Miami, Florida. It provides a direct route to the B/W Parkway north to Baltimore. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The four-level exchange with Interstate 295, National Harbor Boulevard and MGM National Avenue replaced a three quarter cloverleaf interchange with one directional ramp. Photo taken 12/16/16.
The dual roadway setup of Interstates 95 & 495 concludes east of the directional cloverleaf interchange with Maryland 210. The beltway advances with four lanes to Maryland 414 (St. Barnabas Road).
A sign bridge replaced this ground level sign during expansion of I-95/495 in 2009. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Maryland 414 shifts west from St. Barnabas Road onto Oxon Hill Road at Exit 4A and Oxon Hill. Photo taken 06/01/04.
North from Exit 4B, Maryland 414 (St. Barnabas Road) continues to an interchange with Maryland 5 (Branch Avenue) by an assortment of suburban areas including Barnaby Village, Deerpark Heights, Temple Hills and Marlow Heights. The state route concludes at Maryland 458 (Silver Hill Road) in Silver Hill. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Confirming markers for Interstates 95 & 495 north / outer loop posted as the Capital Beltway travels between North Barnaby and Temple Hills. Photo taken 06/01/04.
The subsequent exit along I-95 & 495 north is with Maryland 5 (Branch Avenue) to Waldorf and Silver Hill. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Maryland 5 is an expressway, starting at its interchange with Maryland 414 (St. Barnabas Road) and extending south almost to U.S. 301. This includes a freeway section for 5.3 miles from the Capital Beltway south to Surratts Road. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Exit 7A leaves the Capital Beltway outer loop for Maryland 5 (Branch Avenue) south. An important commuter route, Maryland 5 heads south from the Washington area to Charles and St. Marys Counties before ending at Point Lookout State Park. Photo taken 08/01/05.
Maryland 5 (Branch Avenue) retains access control from Exit 7B north to Maryland 458 at Silver Hill. The remainder of the state route lines an arterial to Suitland Parkway and its terminus at Southern Avenue and the D.C. line. Branch Avenue enters Washington at Lower Fairfax Village. Photo taken 06/07/04.
Advancing east, I-95 & 495 curve by the Auth Village community on the one mile approach to Exit 9 with Maryland 337 (Allentown Road). Maryland 337 travels northeast along the perimeter of Andrews A.F.B. from Maryland 5 to Suitland Parkway and Maryland 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue). Photo taken 06/07/04.
Maryland 337 (Allentown Road) parallels the Capital Beltway by both the West Gate and Visitors Entrance to Andrews Air Force Base. Suitland Road stems north from the Visitors Entrance and Allentown Road to the community of Morningside. Photo taken 06/07/04.
Entering the half diamond interchange (Exit 9) with Maryland 337 (Allentown Road) on I-95 & 495 north. There is no direct access to Suitland Parkway, located 1.25 miles to the north. Suitland Road connects the beltway with the parkway en route to Suitland, where it becomes Maryland 218. Photo taken 06/07/04.
The ensuing exit along I-95 & 495 north (outer loop) lies one mile ahead with Maryland 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue). Photo taken 06/07/04.
Maryland 4 constitutes a busy corridor leading 64.85 miles southward from Washington, DC to Maryland 5 near Leonardtown. Photo taken 12/16/16.
Maintained by the National Park Service, Suitland Parkway separates from Maryland 337 (Allentown Road) and passes under Interstates 95 and 495. The limited access road winds westward to Interstate 295 (Anacostia Freeway) in Southeast Washington. Photo taken 12/16/16.
An on-ramp joins the Capital Beltway outer loop from Forestville Road and Maryland 337 ahead of this shield assembly. Forestville Road links Suitland Parkway east with I-95 & 495 north. Photo taken 12/16/16.
Exit 11A leaves I-95 & 495 north for Maryland 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue) southeast to Upper Marlboro. Maryland 4 is a freeway from Dowerhouse Road, east of Andrews AFB, to Maryland 258 and 259 at Bristol. Beyond there, the state route heads south to Chesapeake Ranch Estates, then angles southwest over the Patuxent River to California. Photo taken 12/16/16.
A cloverleaf ramp (Exit 11B) loops away from I-95 & 495 north onto Maryland 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue) west to Forestville, Suitland and Southeast Washington. Pennsylvania Avenue extends northwest through the District of Columbia to the White House. Photo taken 12/16/16.
The Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA) recorded 212,250 vehicles per day (vpd) on the Capital Beltway north of Maryland 4 in 2016. Photo taken 12/16/16.
An interchange sequence sign outlines the succeeding three off-ramps for Ritchie Station Marketplace, Largo and FedEx Field respectively. Photo taken 12/16/16.
The forthcoming dumbbell interchange (Exit 13) with Ritchie-Marlboro Road was added by the early 2000s. Photo taken 12/16/16.
Ritchie-Marlboro Road arcs southeast from Exit 13 to Upper Marlboro. Walker Mill Road extends the road west from nearby Ritchie to Walker Mill Regional Park and the town of Capitol Heights. Photo taken 12/16/16.
North from Exit 13, I-95 & 495 run between an industrial park to the west and subdivision to the east to the Southwest Branch of the Patuxent River. Photo taken 12/16/16.
The next three exits connect the Capital Beltway with FedEx Field, which is located to the west of Interstates 95 & 495 at the confluence of Arena Drive from the east, Garret A. Morgan Boulevard north from Maryland 214 (Central Avenue), and Redskins Road south from Maryland 202 (Landover Road). Photo taken 12/16/16.
Formerly a full cloverleaf interchange, loop ramps on the north side of Maryland 214 (Central Avenue) were removed in 2009. Exit 15 otherwise carries all motorists bound for Central Avenue west to Seat Pleasant and east to Largo in one half mile. Photo taken 12/16/16.
Maryland 214 (Central Avenue) originates from the D.C. line at Capitol Heights to the west. The 24.97-mile long route travels through Seat Pleasant and Largo east to Edgewater and Beverly Beach off Chesapeake Bay. Photo taken 12/16/16.
A diamond interchange (Exit 16) joins Interstates 95 & 495 with Arena Drive in one mile. Photo taken 12/16/16.
This set of shields for I-95 and I-495 stand next to the site where the Capital Centre was located. The one time home of Washington Bullets basketball and Washington Capitals hockey closed in 1999 and was demolished in 2002. The Boulevard at the Capital Centre retail complex was built in place of the former arena in 2003. Photo taken 12/16/16.
Arena Drive derived its name from the former Capital Centre. The arterial leads east to Maryland 202 (Landover Road) and west to FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins NFL franchise. Exit 16 previously was open to traffic only during sporting events or concerts. Photo taken 12/16/16.
Widening of Interstates 95 & 495 north at Maryland 202 in 2008-09 added a collector distributor roadway and removed the loop ramp (Exit 17B) for Landover Road west. Photo taken 12/16/16.
Maryland 202 (Landover Road) totals 13.92 miles from Maryland 725 by the town of Upper Marlboro to Maryland 450 in Bladensburg. Photo taken 12/16/16.
A painted median separates the two-lane c/d roadway from the three lane freeway mainline through the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 17) with Maryland 202 (Landover Road). Photo taken 12/16/16.
Maryland 202 (Landover Road) leads southeast to Largo and Oak Grove and west to Kent Village and Landover. Photo taken 12/16/16.
Continuing north between Glenarden and Ardmore, Interstates 95 & 495 next meet U.S. 50 and unsigned Interstate 595 at Exits 19A/B. Photo taken 12/16/16.
New Carrollton Station serves the Metro Orange and Silver Line subways into Washington, AMTRAK service and Greyhound bus service. The transit facility lies nearby on the north side of U.S. 50 west. I-595 & U.S. 50 east combine for 6.3 miles east to Maryland 197 in the city of Bowie. Photo taken 12/16/16.
U.S. 50 travels east from Washington, DC to Annapolis, Easton and Ocean City. The freeway (John Hanson Highway) east from I-95 & 495 to Maryland 70 doubles as unsigned Interstate 595. I-595 was to be signed alongside U.S. 50 on all overhead signs and reassurance shields in 1995, but that plan was scrapped due to preexisting familiarity with the corridor as U.S. 50 and the potential for motorist confusion with two designations for the freeway. Photo taken 12/16/16.
Interstate 595 was officially included in the Interstate Highway System in 1989, midway during a series of upgrades along U.S. 50 between the Capital Beltway and Maryland 70. Work started along John Hanson Highway in the mid 80s included the upgrade of Exit 19 from a full cloverleaf interchange into a turbine style exchange. Photo taken 12/16/16.
A loop ramp (Exit 19B) follows for U.S. 50 (John Hanson Highway) west to Landover, Cheverly and New York Avenue through Northeast Washington. The U.S. 50 freeway west into D.C. is not a part of the Interstate Highway System. Photo taken 06/07/04.
The subsequent exit along northbound I-95/495 is with Maryland 450 (Annapolis Road) for Lanham. Maryland 450 is the former routing of U.S. 50 before the John Hanson Highway was completed, from 1953 to 1961.2 Photo taken 06/07/04.
Maryland 450 covers the old alignment of U.S. 50 between the District of Columbia boundary east to its interchange with U.S. 50 near Annapolis. Maryland 450 follows Annapolis Road between Washington and Maryland 3 in Bowie, and Defense Highway east from Bowie. Photo taken 10/02/04.
Entering the parclo interchange with Maryland 450 (Annapolis Road) on Interstates 95-495 north. Exit 20A departs first for Maryland 450 east to Lanham. Photo taken 06/07/04.
The Capital Beltway continues with four through lanes as Exit 20B loops away onto Maryland 450 (Annapolis Road) west to Woodlawn and Bladensburg. Photo taken 06/07/04.
This mileage sign provides the distance to Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Exits 22A/B), the separation of I-95 and I-495 and the outer loop of I-495 to Interstate 270 west to Frederick (Exit 35). Photo taken 06/07/04.
Three of the next four exits along the Capital Beltway outer loop connect with routes north to Baltimore. Baltimore-Washington Parkway, U.S. 1 and I-95 parallel one another northeast to Laurel and southwest Baltimore. Photo taken 06/07/04.
The next exit along I-95 & 495 north is the full cloverleaf interchange (Exits 22A/B) with Baltimore-Washington Parkway. A limited access highway, the parkway prohibits trucks on the section maintained by the National Park Service south to U.S. 50 and Kenilworth Avenue and north to Maryland 175. Photo taken 06/07/04.
The state maintained portion of Baltimore-Washington Parkway north of Jessup is designated as Maryland 295. The NPS section is unnumbered, while the parkway south of U.S. 50 is Maryland 201 (Kenilworth Avenue) and D.C. 295 in Washington. Photo taken 10/02/04.
One half mile ahead of Exit 22A to Baltimore-Washington Parkway north on I-95 & 495 north. The parkway provides a direct route to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) via I-195 south, 18 miles to the northeast. Photo taken 06/07/04.
Exit 22A leaves Interstates 95-495 north to east Laurel, Fort Meader and Baltimore. Parallel Maryland 201 (Kenilworth Avenue) extends north from Bladensburg to meet the beltway at the succeeding exit. Photo taken 06/07/04.
Referenced on a supplemental sign along the outer loop, the Exit 22A ramp includes access to adjacent Maryland 193 (Greenbelt Road). Maryland 193 travels east from Greenbelt to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Glenn Dale. Photo taken 10/02/04.
Baltimore-Washington Parkway south runs between Bladensburg and Cheverly and transitions to Kenilworth Avenue into northeastern Washington. The Anacostia Freeway continues the route as D.C. 295 south to I-695 (Southeast Freeway) and I-295 at the 11th Street Bridge. Photo taken 06/07/04.
A six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 23) joins Interstates 95 & 495 with MD 201 (Kenilworth Avenue) in the city of Greenbelt. Photo taken 06/07/04.
MD 201 stretches 9.40 miles from the D.C. line and Baltimore Parkway north to MD 212 in Beltsville. Photo taken 06/07/04.
A wye interchange adds traffic from the Greenbelt transit station to Interstates 95 & 495 two miles ahead of their split. A diagrammatic sign replaced separate panels here for U.S. 1 (Exit 25) and the departure of I-95 from the beltway by 2007. Photo taken 06/07/04.
Exit 25 departs next for U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue) at the city of College Park.
The panel for I-95 north here was replaced by 2007 to reference traveler services for Exit 25, while the U.S. 1 overhead was carbon copied to use Clearview font in 2016. Photo taken 06/07/04.
U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue) travels north from College Park to Beltsville and Laurel. The cloverleaf interchange with I-95 & 495 formerly included a loop ramp from the outer loop to Baltimore Avenue south. U.S. 1 and I-95 will cross paths again in Baltimore, but not meet each other directly until Newark, New Jersey. Photo taken 06/07/04.
Advancing west from U.S. 1, the Capital Beltway expands to six lanes along the outer loop ahead of Interstates 95 and 495 split. I-95 turns north with three lanes to Landover and Baltimore, while I-495 maintains four westbound lanes to Silver Spring and Bethesda.
This diagrammatic sign was replaced by 2007 to show Beltway below I-495 west. Photo taken 06/07/04.
Crossing over Little Paint Branch, three quarters of a mile ahead of the directional cloverleaf interchange with the departing Interstate 95.
Separate panels direct motorists to I-495 west and I-95 north at this location as of 2007. Photo taken 06/07/04.
The upcoming exchange between Interstates 495 and 95 was originally going to include connections with the continuation of I-95 south into the District of Columbia, to the north end of Interstate 395 (Center Leg Freeway) at New York Avenue. Although I-95 was never completed as planned, the interchange with the Capital Beltway was designed with ramps for the unconstructed freeway. These were later repurposed to serve a park and ride lot and truck weigh station located at the stub end. Photo taken 06/07/04.
Traffic separates for Interstate 95 north to Baltimore, Wilmington and Philadelphia and I-495 west to I-270 for Rockville and Gaithersburg and I-66 west to Fairfax.
Overheads pictured here were replaced by 2007. Photo taken 06/07/04.
Once on the transition ramp from the Capital Beltway, Interstate 95 north partitions with a left side ramp for the park and ride located at the south end of the I-95 freeway. A similar park and ride parking area is located at the eastern end of Interstate 70 in Baltimore. Photo taken 06/07/04.

  1. "MGM National Harbor casino announces Dec. 8 grand opening." The Washington Post, October 3, 2016.
  2. John Hanson Highway (US 50, US 301, and I-595), The Roads of Metro Washington-Baltimore.

Photo Credits:

  • 06/01/04 by AARoads.
  • 06/07/04 by AARoads.
  • 10/02/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 08/01/05 by AARoads.
  • 08/04/13 by AARoads.
  • 12/16/16 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 295 - Anacostia Freeway
Interstate 595
U.S. 50
Route 4

Page Updated 05-24-2017.