Interstate 95 & 495 South - Capital Beltway Inner Loop

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Interstate 95 Interstate 495 South
The collector distributor roadway for Exit 25 and U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue) originates from the I-95 park and ride lot and weigh station at the south end of the exchange joining Interstate 95 with the Capital Beltway. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A slip ramp joins Interstate 495 east with the c/d roadway (Exit 25) to U.S. 1 ahead of the merge with the southbound mainline of I-95. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The c/d roadway continues through the three quarter cloverleaf interchange (Exits 25B/A) with U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue) to rejoin I-95 & 495 south above Rhode Island Avenue. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Commercial frontage lines U.S. 1 in both directions from the Capital Beltway. Ikea Centre Boulevard ties into the northbound off-ramp (Exit 25A) from I-95 & 495 south. Photo taken 08/04/13.
This guide sign directs motorists to the left lane for the continuation onto Interstates 95 & 495 south. The c/d roadway was also used for I-95 south to U.S. 1, as the mainline merges beyond the c/d roadway ingress point. Photo taken 08/04/13.
This mileage sign, removed by 2007, displayed the distance to Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Route 295), U.S. 50 (Hidden I-595), and Interstate 395 in Alexandria. Photo taken 10/15/01.
U.S. 1 constitutes a busy arterial from Beltsville southward to the University of Maryland campus. Beyond the college, Baltimore Avenue meets Maryland 410 (East West Highway) between University Park and Riverdale Park. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 95 & 495 reassurance shields posted at College Park. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 25B leaves the c/d roadway for U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue) south through College Park to the University of Maryland and Edmonston. U.S. 1 follows Rhode Island Avenue southwest to Edmonston, Brentwood, Cottage City, and Washington, DC. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A loop ramp (Exit 25A) carries drivers onto U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue) northbound from Interstates 95 & 495 south. U.S. 1 ventures 1.5 miles north to Maryland 212 (Powder Mill Road) in Beltsville and seven miles to Downtown Laurel. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The sign bridge at Exit 25A replaced these bridge mounted overheads, including a button copy panel for U.S. 1 north. U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue) travels midway between Interstate 95 and Baltimore-Washington Parkway from College Park northward to Baltimore. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 24 consists of a inner loop only off-ramp to the Greenbelt Station for the Washington Metro and Maryland MARC Regional rail network. A wye interchange brings commuters and other rail passengers back onto Interstate 95 & 495 outer. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 24 leaves Interstates 95 & 495 south for the Metro/MARC Greenbelt Station. An interchange sequence sign lists the distances to Maryland 201 (Exit 23), Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Exit 22), and Maryland 450 (Exit 20). Photo taken 08/04/13.
Turning more south, Interstates 95 & 495 cross Indian Creek beyond the Greenbelt transit station. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Cherrywood Lane passes over Interstates 95 & 495 south just ahead of the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 23) with Maryland 201. Maryland 201 (Kenilworth Avenue) runs north-south through the city of Greenbelt. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A diamond interchange joins Maryland 201 (Kenilworth Avenue) with Maryland 193 (Greenbelt Road) nearby. The state route travels west to College Park, by both the Comcast Center and Byrd Stadium, and east to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Southbound I-95 at Exit 23 to Maryland 201 (Kenilworth Avenue). Maryland 201 follows Edmonston Avenue northwest from Greenbelt to Beltsville and U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue). Southward, Maryland 201 continues along Kenilworth Avenue to Riverdale Park and Bladensburg, overtaking the final length of Baltimore-Washington Parkway between U.S. 50 and the DC line. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Baltimore-Washington Parkway heads southwest from Fort George G. Meade, the Patuxent National Wildlife Research Refuge, and the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center to cross paths with Interstates 95 & 495 at Greenbelt and Exits 22B/A. The four-lane parkway is not open to trucks and constitutes a limited-access route from Washington northward to Baltimore. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 95 & 495 Inner Loop shield assembly posted midway between Maryland 201 (Exit 23) and Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Baltimore-Washington Parkway transitions into District of Columbia 295 within Washington and is open to trucks south of U.S. 50. Northward the highway becomes part of Maryland 295 beyond Maryland 175, where trucks are again permitted. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A full cloverleaf interchange joins the Capital Beltway with Baltimore-Washington Parkway at Greenbelt Park. Exit 22B carries drivers onto the B-W Parkway southbound for Bladensburg, Cheverly, and Washington. District of Columbia 295 becomes Interstate 295 south of the 11th Street Bridge (I-695) that ultimately leads back to Interstate 95 at Exit 2. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 22A loops onto Baltimore-Washington Parkway northbound for Laurel, Fort Meade, Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and Baltimore. B-W Parkway returns to Interstate 95 as the B-W Expressway at Exit 52. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 95 & 495 southbound straddle the New Carrollton city limits on the approach to Maryland 450 (Exits 20B/A). Photo taken 08/04/13.
Maryland 450 (Annapolis Road) represents the historic routing of U.S. 50 between Bladensburg and Downtown Annapolis. U.S. 50 parallels to the south along a freeway (John Hanson Highway) between Washington and the Eastern Shore. U.S. 50 doubles as unsigned Interstate 595 east from the Capital Beltway to Annapolis. Some guide signs allude to the Interstate designation with space allocated to the left of U.S. 50. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Forthcoming Exit 19B for U.S. 50 west includes a connection with the New Carrollton Metro Station. Bowie is seven miles to the east via Exit 19A, where U.S. 301 north ties into I-595 & U.S. 50 for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 20 carries drivers to Maryland 450 (Annapolis Road) in unison from Interstates 95 & 495 south. Maryland 450 constitutes a busy arterial through Bladensburg and Landover Hills to the west and Lanham, Collington and Bowie to the east. U.S. 50 better serves interests to Bowie via interchanges with Maryland 197 (Collington Road) and Maryland 3 (Robert Crain Highway). Photo taken 08/04/13.
The Capital Beltway inner loop spans an AMTRAK line midway between MD 450 (Annapolis Road) and a wye interchange with unsigned MD 950 (Garden City Drive) to the adjacent New Carrollton Metro Station. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A stacked directional interchange with U.S. 50 & Interstate 595 ensues just south of New Carrollton. Interstate 595, the hidden designation between the Capital Beltway and Maryland 70 (Exit 24), was commissioned in 1989 after a proposal to add Interstate 68 to the freeway was declined. I-595 was never signed because officials determined it unnecessary due to the area familiarity with U.S. 50. Photo taken 08/04/13.
U.S. 50 comprises a full freeway (John Hanson Highway) between eastern Washington and the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Queenstown. The US highway extends southward to Easton, Cambridge, Salisbury and an eastern terminus at Ocean City. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Capital Beltway drivers travel the lowest levels of the Exit 19 interchange with the I-595 west end and U.S. 50. High flyovers carry drivers onto U.S. 50. U.S. 50 east heads six miles to Bowie and 17 miles to the capital city of Annapolis. Westward U.S. 50 continues through Cheverly into the Langdon community of east Washington. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 19B leaves Interstates 95 & 495 south for U.S. 50 west to Landover Hills, Cheverly, Tuxedo, and Washington. Photo taken 08/04/13.
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Exit 19B separates into ramps for U.S. 50 (John Hanson Highway) west and the adjacent Metro/MARC New Carrollton transit station. Photos taken 08/04/13.
Three quarters of a mile north of Exits 17B/A (Maryland 202) at the Glenarden Parkway over crossing. Maryland 202 (Landover Road) meets the freeway at Brightseat and Glenarden adjacent to the Landover Mall. The state highway follows Landover Road, a multilane-arterial, from Bladensburg east to Maryland 214 (Central Avenue). Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 17B departs in 0.25 miles for Maryland 202 (Landover Road) west to Glenarden and Dodge Park. Maryland 202 interchanges with Maryland 704 (Martin Luther King Jr. Highway) in 1.2 miles. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Interstates 95 & 495 south at the Maryland 202 (Landover Road) westbound off-ramp. Maryland 202 overtakes Maryland 450 (Annapolis Road) in 4.2 miles at Bladensburg before its end at U.S. 1 Alternate in five miles. Maryland 202 east continues southeast ten miles to Maryland 4 at Upper Marlboro. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 17A follows suit, joining Maryland 202 (Landover Road) two miles ahead of Maryland 214 (Central Avenue) at Largo. Exit 16 lies one half mile south with Arena Drive, an east-west road between Interstates 95 & 495 and FedEx Field, home of the NFL Washington Redskins. Photo taken 06/17/05.
A diamond interchange facilitates the movements between the Capital Beltway and Arena Drive at Exit 16. FedEx Field lies 0.7 miles west at Village Green. Arena Drive east meets Maryland 202 (Landover Road) at Lake Arbor Way in one mile. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Maryland 214 crosses paths with Interstates 95 & 495 at the Exit 15 full cloverleaf interchange near Largo. The east-west highway continues East Capitol Street from Capitol View in Washington through Capital Heights and Seat Pleasant. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Drivers bound for Maryland 214 (Central Avenue) west leave Interstates 95 & 495 south. Central Avenue travels through Randolph Village on the 2.5 mile drive to Seat Pleasant. East Capitol Street provides a major arterial into Washington from the eastern suburbs. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Maryland 214 (Central Avenue) east continues as a multi-lane arterial from Exit 15A through Largo, Kolbes Corner, and south Bowie. Maryland 214 overall continues all the way to Davidsonville, Selby Beach, and Beverly Beach on Chesapeake Bay. Interests to Six Flags America and Watkins Regional Park should use Central Avenue east to Kolbes Corner. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Interstates 95 & 495 next meet Ritchie-Marlboro Road (Exit 13) on the southwestern alignment to Andrews Air Force Base. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Interstate 95 & 495 southbound approaching the Exit 13 ramp departure onto Ritchie-Marlboro Road. Ritchie-Marlboro Road links the Capital Beltway with Ritchie Road to the west at Ritchie and White Horse Road to the east. Use Ritchie Road north to Walker Mill Road west for interests to the community of Capitol Heights. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Interstates junction sign on the Capital Beltway inner loop, similar to those used on the Atlanta Perimeter Highway, for Interstates 295 north, the Interstate 95 southbound split & Interstate 395 north, and Interstate 66 west. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 13 consists of a diamond interchange featuring roundabouts at the ramp intersections with Ritchie-Marlboro Road. Ritchie Road stems southwest from the area to District Heights and Forestville. Old Ritchie Road stems northward to Randolph Village at Maryland 214. Ritchie Brown Road joins the exit with Brown and Upper Marlboro (via Brown Station Road) five miles to the southeast. Photo taken 06/17/05.
I-95/495 continue one mile south to MD 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue). MD 4 varies between sections of freeway and arterial roadway between Washington and the Calvert County line near Bristol. Photo taken 06/17/05.
A full cloverleaf interchange joins Interstates 95 & 495 with Maryland 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue) near Forestville. Pennsylvania Avenue carries the state highway west into the Fort Davis section of Washington and east to Dower House Road and the freeway beginning at Meadows. The Maryland 4 freeway serves commuting interests to Upper Marlboro, Drury, and Bristol in Anne Arundel County. The state highway arcs southward through Calvert County to its southern terminus at Leonardtown. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Interstates 95 & 495 south at the Exit 11B ramp departure to Maryland 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue) west. Pennsylvania Avenue meanders northwest by District Heights, Suitland, and Coral Hills into Washington. In Washington the street represents a major route into downtown via its crossing of the Anacostia River and interchange with Interstate 695. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 11A follows onto Maryland 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue) east to Suitland Parkway and Andrews Air Force Base. Suitland Parkway, a National Park Service maintained facility, begins from Pennsylvania Avenue and winds westward to South Capitol Street in Washington. The controlled access route connects drivers with the North Gate to Andrews A.F.B., Suitland, and Knox Hill in Washington. There is no direct access to the parkway from Interstates 95 & 495. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 337 (Exit 9) provides access to Andrews Air Force Base from the Capital Beltway via Allentown Road. Allentown Road straddles the military base between Suitland Parkway and Maryland 5 (Branch Avenue). A loop ramp carries drivers to Allentown Road from Forestville Road at Exit 9. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Southbound Interstates 95 & 495 at the Exit 9 off-ramp to Forestville Road south to Maryland 337 (Allentown Road). Maryland 337 travels 4.3 miles from an interchange with Maryland 5 (Branch Avenue) to Maryland 4 via Suitland Parkway. Four gates provide access to Andrews A.F.B. from Allentown Road and Suitland Parkway. Suitland Road (former Maryland 218) stems northwest from Maryland 337 to Morningside and Suitland Parkway, an east-west controlled access route leading into the Garfield Heights section of Washington and Douglass Bridge (South Capitol Street). Photo taken 06/17/05.
Construction in 2009 added a flyover ramp from Interstates 95 & 495 south onto Maryland 5 (Branch Avenue) south. Work commenced March 2006 on the $52-million interchange upgrade project.1 Additional work built a new ramp from northbound onto Branch Avenue south. Photo taken 03/26/10.
Exit 7 carries all traffic to Maryland 5 (Branch Avenue) in unison. A study underway involves the potential upgrading of Maryland 5 into a full freeway from a new interchange with U.S. 301 to the Capital Beltway. Details on the project can be found on the MDSHA web site. Photo taken 03/26/10.
A look at the former loop ramp (Exit 7A) onto Maryland 5 from Interstates 95 & 495 south. Maryland 5 extends Branch Avenue southeast from Washington to Silver Hill, Andrews A.F.B. and Ballard. The highway exists as a varying expressway and divided surface highway between the Suitland area and the merge with U.S. 301 north of Waldorf. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Now traveling west, Interstate 95 & 495 pass under Temple Hill Road one mile east of the Exit 4 full cloverleaf interchange with Maryland 414 (St. Barnabas Road). Maryland 414 ventures southwest from Maryland 458 (Silver Hill Road) to Maryland 210 at Oxon Hill. Photo taken 06/17/05.
The first advisory sign given to motorists of the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge on Interstates 95 & 495 south. The bridge includes a draw span for the largest vessels on the Potomac River, though lifts are infrequent. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Diagrammatic overhead advising motorists of the upcoming lane split of Interstates 95 & 495 south for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in 2.25 miles. Photo taken 03/26/10.
Interests to Interstate 295, National Harbor and eastern Alexandria, Virginia should use the Local Lanes of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Photo taken 03/26/10.
The Thru Lanes bypass all exits to the Eisenhower Connector (Exit 174), though an independent ramp to Eisenhower Avenue via Mill Road was added west of U.S. 1 as part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project. Photo taken 03/26/10.
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Exit 4B departs in one half mile for Maryland 414 (St. Barnabas Road) east to Marlow Heights, Temple Hills, and Silver Hill. Wheeler Road stems northwest from St. Barnabas Road to Hillcrest Heights and the Congress Heights section of south Washington. Photo taken 06/17/05. Second photo taken 03/26/10.
The roadway split of Interstates 95 & 495 south follows the ramps to and from Maryland 4 (Exit 4). Photo taken 03/26/10.
Motorists reach the Exit 4 interchange with Maryland 414 (St. Barnabas Road). Marlow Heights lies 2.5 miles to the north. Maryland 414 west parallels the Capital Beltway from Phelps Corner west to Hunts Corner and Maryland 210 (Indian Head Highway). Photo taken 06/17/05.
Maryland 414 ends in 1.6 miles at Maryland 210 (Indian Head Road) in the shadow of Exit 3 at Oxon Hill Road. Oxon Hill lies south of Maryland 414 (Oxon Hill Road) via the continuation of St. Barnabas Road. Photo taken 06/17/05.
The Capital Beltway lanes divide ahead of the Livingston Road underpass at Forest Heights. Both roadways carry two lanes initially. A third auxiliary lane accompanies the Local Lanes as well. Photo taken 03/26/10.
Exit 3 joins the Local Lanes of Interstates 95 & 495 with Maryland 210 (Indian Head Highway). Maryland 210 provides a four to six-lane arterial between D.C. and Indian Head. North of the district line and Glassmanor, Maryland 210 becomes South Capitol Street en route to Bolling Air Force Base. Photo taken 03/26/10.
Exit 3 departs and carries all traffic bound for Maryland 210 in unison. Movements used to be split between Exit 3A (northbound) and 3B (southbound). Maryland 210 ends at the Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center and carries between four and six lanes of traffic through Charles and Prince Georges Counties. The highway provides a commuting route to growing suburbs including Accokeek, Tantallon and Potomac Heights. Photo taken 03/26/10.
Access to Interstate 295 north into Washington is only available to the Local Lanes via Exit 2. Interstate 295 follows the Anacostia River northward from the Capital Beltway into southeastern Washington. The Interstate ends at the 11th Street Bridge (Interstate 695) with District of Columbia 295 continuing the Anacostia Freeway northeast to Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Photo taken 03/26/10.
Exit 2A loops onto the ending Interstate 295 ahead of its transition to National Harbor Boulevard. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstates 95 & 495 southbound shields posted along the Local Lanes of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Passing over the freeway ahead is the Wilson Bridge Trail - Maryland deck over the beltway. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Large pillars lie at both ends of the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge commemorating the 28th President of the United States. Photo taken 12/26/06.
The new wider Woodrow Wilson Bridge passes over the Potomac River at a level 20 feet higher then its predecessor, but not high enough to accommodate the largest of vessels below. Therefore the draw span section remains, although openings are less frequent, down to 65 from 260 annually. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exits 177B/A, also rebuilt as part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project, join Interstate 95 with U.S. 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) in southeast Alexandria, Virginia. U.S. 1 follows Patrick and Henry Streets northward through historic Downtown Alexandria. Southward the US highway continues to Fort Belvoir Military Reservation. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Draw bridge signals and sign bridge posted along Interstate 95 south & 495 west for the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The control tower for the draw bridge comes into view between the two spans as Capital Beltway motorists see mileage signs posted eight miles out from the I-95 & 495 split at Interstate 395 north. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstates 95 & 495 nip the southern most tip of the District of Columbia before entering Virginia by Jones Point. Pictured here is the Virginia welcome sign and 0.50-mile overhead for U.S. 1 (Exits 177B/A). U.S. 1 travels northward through Alexandria to the Reagan National Airport (DCA) area before joining Interstate 395 north into Washington. Ft. Belvoir lies 8.5 miles to the southwest. Use Exit 177C for George Washington Memorial Parkway as it straddles the river southward from Alexandria to Mt. Vernon. Photo taken 08/04/13.

  1. "MD Route 5 Closed at Beltway This Weekend for Construction," Southern Maryland Online, January 4, 2008.

Photo Credits:

  • 10/15/01 by AARoads.
  • 06/17/05 by AARoads.
  • 12/26/06 by AARoads.
  • 01/02/08 by AARoads.
  • 03/26/10 by I.C. Ligget.
  • 08/04/13 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 06-09-2014.