I-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 & 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.
Interstate 95 merges onto the left side of I-495 (Capital Beltway) east at the Cherry Hill Road overpass. Photo taken 10/12/14.
This guide sign directs motorists to the left lane for the continuation onto I-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.
U.S. 1 constitutes a busy arterial from Beltsville southward to the University of Maryland campus. Beyond the college, Baltimore Avenue meets MD 410 (East West Highway) between University Park and Riverdale Park. Photo taken 08/04/13.
I-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. U.S. 1 follows Rhode Island Avenue southwest to Edmonston, Brentwood, Cottage City and Washington, DC. Photo taken 08/04/13.
U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue) continues 1.5 miles north from Exit 25A to Powder Mill Road (MD 212 A) in Beltsville and seven miles to Downtown Laurel. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A wye interchange at Exit 24 joins I-95/495 south with the Greenbelt Station for the Washington Metro and Maryland MARC Regional rail network. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 24 leaves I-95/495 south for the Metro/MARC Greenbelt Station, one mile northwest of MD 201 (Kenilworth Avenue). Photo taken 08/04/13.
I-95/495 cross Indian Creek beyond the Greenbelt transit station. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Cherrywood Lane passes over I-95/495 south just ahead of the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 23) with MD 201 (Kenilworth Avenue) in the city of Greenbelt. Photo taken 10/12/14.
MD 201 (Kenilworth Avenue) meets MD 193 (Greenbelt Road) at a diamond interchange just south of Exit 23. MD 193 heads west to College Park, by the University of Maryland sports venues and east to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Photo taken 08/04/13.
MD 201 follows Edmonston Avenue northwest from Greenbelt to Beltsville and U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue). Southward, MD 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 meet I-95/495 at Exit 22 in Greenbelt. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Confirming markers posted ahead of the cloverleaf interchange (Exit 22) with Baltimore Washington Parkway. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 22B carries drivers onto the B-W Parkway southbound for Bladensburg, Cheverly, and MD 201 (Kenilworth Avenue into Washington. MD 201 becomes DC Route 295, the Anacostia Freeway south to I-295 at the 11th Street Bridge (I-695). Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 22A loops onto Baltimore-Washington Parkway northbound for Laurel, Fort Meade, and Baltimore. North of MD 175, B-W Parkway becomes part of MD 295. Photo taken 08/04/13.
I-95/495 southbound straddles the New Carrollton city limits on the approach to MD 450 (Exits 20B/A). Photo taken 08/04/13.
MD 450 (Annapolis Road) represents the historic route 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 I-595 east from the Capital Beltway to Annapolis. 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 departs I-95/495 south for MD 450 (Annapolis Road). MD 450 constitutes a busy arterial through Bladensburg and Landover Hills to the west and Lanham, Collington and Bowie to the east. 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.
The systems interchange with U.S. 50 lies south of New Carrollton. Unsigned I-595 overlaps with U.S. 50 east from the Capital Beltway to MD 70 (Exit 24). I-595 was commissioned in 1989 after a proposal to add I-68 to the freeway was declined. Photo taken 08/04/13.
U.S. 50 is a freeway (John Hanson Highway) from eastern Washington to the Eastern Shore of Maryland at Queenstown. The US highway extends southward to Easton, Cambridge, Salisbury and Ocean City just shy of the Atlantic Ocean. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A high flyover links I-95/495 south with U.S. 50 east. U.S. 50/I-595 travel six miles to Bowie and 17 miles to the capital city of Annapolis. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 19B leaves I-95/495 south for U.S. 50 west to Landover Hills, Cheverly, Tuxedo, and the Langdon community in 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.
A six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 17) connects I-95/495 with MD 202 (Landover Road) 0.75 miles south of the Glenarden Parkway overpass. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 17B departs next for MD 202 (Landover Road) west to Glenarden and Landover. Photo taken 06/17/05.
MD 202 overtakes MD 450 (Annapolis Road) in 4.2 miles at Bladensburg and concludes at U.S. 1 Alternate in five miles. MD 202 arcs southeast from I-95/495 ten miles to MD 4 at Upper Marlboro. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 17A loops onto MD 202 (Landover Road) two miles ahead of MD 214 (Central Avenue) at Largo. The ensuing exit joins Arena Drive west to FedEx Field, home of the NFL Washington Redskins. Photo taken 06/17/05.
A diamond interchange connects the Capital Beltway with Arena Drive at Exit 16. Bishop Peebles Drive extends 0.55 miles west from Arena Drive / Brightseat Road to FedEx Field. Photo taken 06/17/05.
A $26 million project replaces the bridges carrying I-95/495 over MD 214 at Exit 15. The spans were originally built in 1963 and widened in 1971. Work started in December 2018 and runs through late 2021.1 Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 15B leaves I-95/495 south for MD 214 (Central Avenue) west through Randolph Village and Seat Pleasant. MD 214 ends along E Capitol Street on the DC line. Photo taken 06/17/05.
MD 214 (Central Avenue) east continues as a multi-lane arterial from Exit 15A to Largo, Watkins Regional Park, Six Flags America and south Bowie. MD 214 overall extends to Davidsonville, Selby Beach and Beverly Beach on Chesapeake Bay. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Heading southwest to Andrews Air Force Base, I-95/495 next meets Ritchie-Marlboro Road at Exit 13. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Ritchie-Marlboro Road transitions into Walker Mill Road, a 2.64 mile long minor arterial west to Addison Road at Capitol Heights, just west of Exit 13. Ritchie Marlboro Road angles southeast 5.5 miles to the MD 4 freeway at Upper Marlboro. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Mileage sign outlining the upcoming junctions with Interstate highways. Similar signs are used along the Atlanta Perimeter Highway. Photo taken 06/17/05.
A dumbbell interchange joins I-95/495 (Capital Beltway) with Ritchie Marlboro Road adjacent to the Ritchie Station Marketplace retail complex. Photo taken 06/17/05.
I-95/495 advances one mile south to MD 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue). MD 4 varies as a freeway and arterial between Washington and the Calvert County line near Bristol. Photo taken 06/17/05.
MD 4 (Pennsylvania) converges with I-95/495 at a cloverleaf interchange (Exit 11) by Forestville. Pennsylvania Avenue leads MD 4 west to the Fort Davis section of Washington and east to Dower House Road at Meadows, where it upgrades to a freeway. Photo taken 06/17/05.
MD 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue) meanders northwest by District Heights, Suitland, and Coral Hills into Washington. Within D.C., Pennsylvania Avenue represents a major route to Capitol Hill via the John Philip Sousa Bridge across the Anacostia River. Photo taken 06/17/05.
MD 4 constitutes a commuter freeway east to Upper Marlboro and Bristol in Anne Arundel County. The state route arcs southward through Calvert County to Leonardtown. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The succeeding exit provides access to Andrews Air Force Base via MD 337 (Allentown Road). Allentown Road runs along the perimeter of the base between MD 5 (Branch Avenue) and Suitland Parkway. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 9 loops to Forestville Road just north of MD 337 (Allentown Road). MD 337 comprises a 2.65 mile route between MD 5 (Branch Avenue) and Suitland Parkway. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Construction in 2009 added a flyover ramp from I-95/495 south onto MD 5 (Branch Avenue) south. Work commenced on the $52-million interchange upgrade project in March 2006.2 Additional work built a new ramp from northbound onto Branch Avenue south. Photo taken 03/26/10.
Exit 7 carries all traffic to MD 5 (Branch Avenue) in unison. MD 5 extends Branch Avenue southeast from Washington to Silver Hill, Andrews A.F.B. and Ballard. MD 5 is a controlled access expressway south from I-95/495 to U.S. 301. Photo taken 03/26/10.
I-95/495 pass under Temple Hill Road one mile east of the cloverleaf interchange (Exit 4) with MD 414 (St. Barnabas Road). MD 414 leads southwest from MD 458 (Silver Hill Road) to MD 210 at Oxon Hill. Photo taken 06/17/05.
The first advisory indication of the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge on I-95/495 south. A draw span near the bridge west end accommodates the largest vessels on the Potomac River. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Traffic separates into local and through roadways for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in 2.25 miles. Photo taken 03/26/10.
Ramps for Interstate 295 north, National Harbor and U.S. 1 at Alexandria, Virginia depart from the Local Lanes for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Photo taken 03/26/10.
The Thru Lanes bypass all exits west to the Eisenhower Connector (Exit 174), though an independent ramp to Eisenhower Avenue via Mill Road was added beyond U.S. 1 as part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project. Photo taken 03/26/10.
Exit 4B departs in one half mile for MD 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 03/26/10.
The roadway split of I-95/495 south follows the ramps with MD 4 (Exit 4). Photo taken 03/26/10.
MD 414 (St. Barnabas Road) leads 2.5 miles northeast to Marlow Heights. MD 414 west parallels the Capital Beltway to Oxon Hill and MD 210 (Indian Head Highway). Photo taken 06/17/05.
MD 414 ties into an exchange with MD 210 (Indian Head Highway) east of MGM National Harbor and the Tanger Outlets, 1.8 miles west of Exit 4A. 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. Photo taken 03/26/10.
Exit 3 joins the Local Lanes of I-95/495 with MD 210 (Indian Head Highway), a four to six-lane arterial between D.C. and Indian Head. North of the district line and Glassmanor, MD 210 becomes S Capitol Street en route to Bolling Air Force Base. Photo taken 03/26/10.
Previously split between separate ramps, a single ramp departs at Exit 3 for MD 210. MD 210 is a commuter route south to such suburbs as Accokeek, Tantallon and Potomac Heights. The state route extends southwest to the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Indian Head. Photo taken 03/26/10.
Interstate 295 follows the Anacostia River northward from I-95/495 into southeastern Washington. I-295 leads directly to I-695 (Southeastern Freeway) west to Capitol Hill. D.C. Route 295 takes over along the Anacostia Freeway northeast from I-695 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.
I-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 commemorate the 28th President of the United States at both ends of the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge. Photo taken 12/26/06.
The 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. Openings of the draw span section are less frequent, down to 65 from 260 annually. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 177, also rebuilt during the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project, joins I-95/495 with U.S. 1 in southeast Alexandria, Virginia. U.S. 1 follows Patrick and Henry Streets northward through historic Downtown Alexandria. U.S. 1 runs southwest 8.5 miles to Fort Belvoir Military Reservation. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Draw bridge signals along the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The control tower for the draw bridge comes into view between the two spans beyond mileage signs eight miles out from the I-95/495 split at Interstate 395 north. Photo taken 08/04/13.
I-95/495 nip the southern most tip of the District of Columbia before entering Virginia by Jones Point. U.S. 1 travels northward through Alexandria to the Reagan National Airport (DCA) area before joining I-395 into Washington. Exit 177C links with George Washington Memorial Parkway southward to Mt. Vernon. Photo taken 08/04/13.


 
Sources:
  1. "MDOT SHA Begins Beltway Improvement Project at Central Avenue in Prince George's County." Maryland Department of Transportation, press release. December 18, 2018.
  2. "MD Route 5 Closed at Beltway This Weekend for Construction," Southern Maryland Online, January 4, 2008.


Photo Credits:

  • 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.
  • 10/12/14 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 495 - Capital Beltway
Interstate 595
U.S. 1
U.S. 50
Route 4
Route 295 - Baltimore-Washington Parkway

Page Updated 06-26-2020.

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