Interstate 95 North - Howard County to JFK Memorial Hwy

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Interstate 95 North
Exit 47 carries all traffic in unison from I-95 north to Interstate 195 (Metropolitan Boulevard). I-195 west ends at a park & ride facility and Rolling Road. Maryland 166 begins at the freeway end and travels 2.71 miles north to Maryland 144 west of Catonsville. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Exit 47 partitions into ramps for Metropolitan Boulevard north to the University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC) and MD 166 (Rolling Road) to Catonsville, and I-195 east to Anne Arundel County and the terminal of BWI Airport. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Progressing northeast, I-95 north meets the Baltimore Beltway in one mile at a directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 49). Photo taken 06/27/10.
The outer loop of I-695 encircles Baltimore east toward I-97 near Glen Burnie, and across the tolled Francis Scott Key Bridge to Dundalk and Essex. Photo taken 06/20/12.
Interstates 70 and 83 were planned to end at Interstate 95 within the Baltimore city limits originally. Both end prematurely, with the Baltimore Beltway providing connectivity from I-95 for I-70 west to Frederick and Hagerstown and I-83 north from Towson to York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 06/20/12.
Northbound I-95 at Exit 49A for I-695 east. The southern third of the Baltimore Beltway doubles as a truck route for industrial ares of Curtis Bay and Dundalk, as well as the through route for vehicles carrying hazardous cargo. Photo taken 06/20/12.
North from Exit 49B, I-695 travels ten miles to Interstate 795. I-795 spurs northwest to Reisterstown and Westminster. Photo taken 06/20/12.
The left side ramp to Interstate 695 west joins the southbound ramp from Interstate 95 ahead of the beltway inner loop. A busy commuter route, auburbs served by the Baltimore Beltway include Randallstown, Pikesville, Lutherville and Parkville. Photo taken 12/28/07.
The next exit along northbound is with Alternate U.S. 1 at Violetville in Baltimore. Following Washington Boulevard from U.S. 1 (Southwestern Boulevard) north to Caton Avenue, and Caton Avenue north to U.S. 1 (Wilkens Avenue), Alternate U.S. 1 is signed at Interstate 695 but not from I-95. That may be due to the fact that the Maryland Transportation Authority maintains this stretch of I-95, while the Maryland State Highway Administration maintains I-695 to the southeast. A new sign bridge installed here in 2011 did not add a shield for the bannered route. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Crossing the Baltimore city line, Interstate 95 passes through the three-quarter cloverleaf interchange (Exit 50) with Caton Avenue. Maintenance responsibilities shift from the Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA) to the Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA). Tolls finance maintenance for the remainder of I-95 north to Delaware. MTA manages Interstate 95 in two components: the Fort McHenry Tunnel Approach, from Exit 50 to the merge with I-895 (Exit 61), and the John F. Kennedy Highway from the Baltimore City Limits northeast to the state line. Photo taken 07/06/10.
A collector distributor roadway facilitates movements to Caton Avenue at Exits 50A/B. The c/d roadway does not return until after the half diamond interchange (Exit 51) with Washington Boulevard. This is because the roadway was to bypass ramps for the planned east end of I-70. An abandoned slip ramp follows at the Desoto Road underpass for what was to be an on-ramp for Interstate 70 west.
A new sign assembly added here by 2012 dropped the mileage sign in favor of panel for the Port of Baltimore. Exit 50A was also amended to no longer reference Wilkens Avenue. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Interstate 395 spurs north from I-95 in two miles to Camden Yards (home of the Baltimore Orioles MLB franchise and Baltimore Ravens NFL team), the Inner Harbor and Johns Hopkins Medical Campus. Russell Street (Maryland 295 north) may be used as an alternative from Exit 52. Exits from I-95 north to the Port of Baltimore start in 2.6 miles at Fairfield. Photo taken 12/28/07.
This set of signs referenced Downtown Baltimore area points of interest including the University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMAB), John Hopkins Medical Center, and other health care facilities. The Baltimore Travel Plaza was formerly located off O'Donnell Street at Exit 57.
Taken down by 2012, a single overhead here now advises travelers of the hazmat restriction for the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Vehicles transporting hazardous materials are prohibited from using the Fort McHenry Tunnel across the Northwest Harbor. All restricted vehicles must exit by Exit 55, Key Highway.
This sign bridge was replaced by March 2012 with a side mounted assembly supporting overheads for Washington Boulevard (1/2 mile) and Russell Street north (one mile). Photo taken 07/06/10.
Passing over the abandoned ramp for I-70, Bernard Drive, and a CSX Railroad yard, I-95 nears the off-ramp (Exit 51) for Washington Boulevard north to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and south to Alternate U.S. 1 (Caton Avenue). Photo taken 12/28/07.
Exit 51 lowers from Interstate 95 to intersect Washington Boulevard between the Carroll Park and Morrell Park neighborhoods. The c/d roadway from Caton Avenue parallels to the south to a stub from unconstructed I-70 east. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Interstate 95 northbound continues with four lanes one half mile to a partial interchange (Exit 52) with Russell Street (Maryland 295). Maryland 295 parallels adjacent Interstate 395 north from I-95 to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (the west spur of I-395).
New signs for I-395 display Inner Harbor in place of to MLK Boulevard. Photo taken 07/06/10.
This array of signs for Russell Street (MD 295), I-395 / MLK Boulevard and the Inner Harbor was replaced by 2012. I-95 generally travels east-west on this stretch, spanning the Patapsco River Middle Branch east to South Baltmore. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Omitted on I-95 signs, Maryland 295 transitions from the Baltimore-Washington Expressway into Russell Street at Gywnns Falls. North from Exit 52, the state route heads to M&T Bank Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and UMAB. The state route is poorly signed to its end at Paca Street and U.S. 40 (Greene / Paca Streets). Photo taken 07/06/10.
Back to back off-ramps leave the elevated lanes of I-95 north after Interstate 395. Exit 54 provides southbound access to Maryland 2 (Hanover Street) to Cherry Hill and Brooklyn. All vehicles carrying hazardous cargo must use the subsequent ramp (Exit 55) to Key Highway / McComas Street. Photo taken 07/06/10.
A two-lane flyover ascends from I-95 south to Interstate 395 north. I-395 constitutes a feeder route with two branches. The western branch becomes Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, a bypass of Downtown. The eastern branch spurs north onto Howard Street at the Baltimore Convention Center. Formally named Cal Ripken Way after the Orioles Baseball Hall of Famer, Interstate 395 was completed on December 9, 1982. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Forthcoming Maryland 2 heads south through Downtown Baltimore to South Baltimore and the Hanover Street Bridge across the Patapsco River Middle Branch. Key Highway mirrors the Northwest Harbor southeast from the Inner Harbor area to meet I-95 (Exit 55) across from the cruise terminal at the Port of Baltimore. Photo taken 07/06/10.
A high flyover shuttles motorists from I-395 south to I-95 north as part of the semi directional T interchange over the Patapsco River. Photo taken 06/22/05.
East from Interstate 395, drivers along I-95 reach the Fort McHenry Toll Plaza in three miles. Maryland 2 travels 80.56 miles between U.S. 1 (North Avenue) in Baltimore and Solomons Island off the Patuxent River. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Exit 54 parts ways with the Interstate 95 viaduct for Maryland 2 (Hanover Street) south ahead of Cromwell Street. Cromwell Streets stems east from Hanover Street to the Port of Baltimore Locust Point terminal. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Exit 55 drops from the Interstate 95 viaduct onto adjacent McComas Street ahead of Key Highway. Key Highway north leads north to Fort Avenue east for Fort McHenry National Monument, and west to the Federal Hill neighborhood. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Interstate 95 separates into four two-lane bores through the Fort McHenry Tunnel. The southernmost tube, Bore 4, provides access to the subsequent off-ramp (Exit 56) to Keith Avenue. Photo taken 07/06/10.
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Entering Bore 3 along Interstate 95 north. The tunnel system was the last section of I-95 completed in Maryland. It opened to traffic in 1985. Photo taken 12/18/07. Second photo taken 06/22/05.
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Interstate 95 passes just south of Fort McHenry as it crosses the Patapsco River Northwest Harbor. Passing is restricted through the tolled tunnel in all four bores. Photos taken 06/22/05.
Curving northeasterly, Interstate 95 emerges from the Fort McHenry Tunnel north of Lazaretto Point and west of the Port of Baltimore Seagirt terminal. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Tolls for the tunnel increased to $3.00 per passenger vehicle on October 1, 2011. Rates increased again to $4.00, but further changes were implemented offering discounts to Maryland based E-ZPass account holders versus out of state travelers. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Changes made at the Fort McHenry toll plaza between 2007 and 2010 replaced the concrete surface with asphalt and added two separate E-ZPass lanes with a 30 mile per hour speed limit.
Beyond the plaza, Exit 56 loops south to Keith Avenue. Keith Avenue travels east from Clinton Street to the Colgate section of Baltimore and Point Breeze Industrial Park. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Leaving the Fort McHenry Tunnel toll plaza, Interstates 95 and 895 converge on respective viaducts over railroad lines and Newkirk Street. The two toll roads switch sides at Exit 57, which connects I-95 with Boston and O'Donnell Streets. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Exit 57 lowers from the I-95 viaduct for Interstate Avenue. Interstate Avenue becomes Boston Street west to Caton and Fells Point. O'Donnell Street parallels to the north from the Brewers Hill neighborhood east to Dundalk Avenue.
Ramps to Interstate Avenue and O'Donnell Street on both sides of Interstate 95 include stubs for the unconstructed interchange with Interstate 83. The proposed alignment for I-83 ran west to the south end of the Jones Falls Expressway through Fells Point. Community opposition from the historic neighborhood ultimately stopped the freeway from being built. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Interstate 95 turns east around Mt. Carmel Cemetery from the Interstate Avenue on-ramp to Exit 58 with Dundalk Avenue south. Dundalk Avenue comprises a tree lined boulevard southeast from Maryland 150 (Eastern Avenue) to Dundalk, the Dundalk Marine Terminal, and Turners Station. Maryland 150 meets I-95 at the ensuing exit. Photo taken 07/06/10.
The full sign bridge at Exit 58 was replaced with a side mounted assembly for Dundalk Avenue by 2011. Interstate 95 north elevates onto another viaduct, spanning Gusryan Street, Dundalk Avenue and Kane Street, before turning north again to Maryland 150 (Eastern Avenue). Photo taken 07/06/10.
A two-lane off-ramp joins I-95 north with Maryland 150 (Eastern Avenue) at Exit 59 in one half mile. Eastern Avenue travels leads west to Highlandtown and Fells Point in Baltimore and east to Essex as Eastern Boulevard.
A Clearview-font based sign was added here in place of this overhead by 2011. Photo taken 07/06/10.
An abandoned railroad bridge spanning I-95 north at Exit 59 was demolished by early 2008. Maryland 150 originates in Baltimore from an unmarked beginning. The state route extends east from Essex to Middle River and Chase. Photo taken 12/18/07.
Continuing north across a viaduct over Maryland 151 (North Point Road), Interstate 95 north reaches a wye interchange (Exit 60) with Moravia Road west in one half mile. Moravia Road is a controlled-access connector with partial interchanges at U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) and Interstate 895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway). Photo taken 07/06/10.
Moravia Road angles northwest from Exit 60 to the Frankford community of Baltimore and U.S. 1 (Bel Air Road) at Wilson Heights.
The Winlass Freeway, a cancelled route east to Interstate 695 at Chesaco Avenue, would have tied into the Moravia Road interchange. A blank overhead was once posted above the ramp stub for the unconstructed freeway at Exit 60. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Exit 61 leaves Interstate 95 northbound immediately after Moravia Road for U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) east to Rosedale, Glenmar and White Marsh. Photo taken 07/06/10.
U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) parallels the Interstate 95 corridor from Baltimore northeast to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Exit 61 is the only location where the two highways cross paths.
A new sign bridge was installed at Exit 61 to show the half mile approach for the Interstate 95 Express Toll Lanes. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Nearing the merge with Interstate 895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway), where the freeway partitions with the Interstate 95 Express Toll Lanes. The express lanes represented one third of the total cost of the $1.1 billion reconstruction of I-95 north from I-895 to MD 43 (White Marsh Road). Stretching eight miles, the toll lanes opened to traffic on December 6, 2014.1 Photo taken 07/06/10.


 

Sources:

  1. "Express toll lanes on I-95 north of Baltimore set to open Dec. 6." The Baltimore Sun, November 17, 2014.


Photo Credits:

06/22/05, 12/18/07, 12/28/07, 06/27/10, 07/02/10, 07/06/10, 06/20/12 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 195
Interstate 695 - Baltimore Beltway
Interstate 895
U.S. 1
Route 2

Page Updated 05-25-2017.