Interstate 95 South - JFK Memorial Hwy to Howard County

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Interstate 95 South
Within the vicinity of this sign for the former Baltimore Travel Plaza, U.S. 40 passes under Interstate 95. A pair of ramps join I-95 south from both U.S. 40 west and Moravia Road south. Exit 59 follows onto Eastern Avenue (Maryland 150) west to both the Canton and Fells Point communities off the Inner Harbor. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A Maryland Transportation Authority sign welcomes I-95 southbound travelers formally onto the Fort McHenry Tunnel Approach. Photo taken 08/04/13.
This mileage sign provided the distance to both Exit 59 to Maryland 150 (Eastern Avenue) and Exit 57 to Boston and O'Donnell Streets. The following exits serve the Port of Baltimore on either side of the Fort McHenry Tunnel.
These signs were replaced with a new sign bridge by 2012 during road work to add the Interstate 95 HO/T lanes. Photo taken 06/30/10.
The new sign bridge for Exit 59 (Maryland 150) installed ahead of the wye interchange with Moravia Road on I-95 south. The interchange here includes stubs for the unconstructed Winlass Freeway that was intended to link I-95 with I-695 near Chesaco Park. Photo taken 08/04/13.
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Maryland 150 follows Eastern Avenue east to Essex and Middle River, culminating in Chase near the mouth of the Gunpowder River. Photo taken 07/09/10. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
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Maryland 150 (Eastern Avenue) continues west to Ponca Street and Interstate 895. Lombard Street west to Haven Street continues the route in an unsigned capacity to its end at U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) near Highlandtown.
This sign bridge was removed in 2012, leaving a reassurance shield in its wake. Photo taken 06/30/10. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
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Southbound Interstate 95 at the parclo interchange with Maryland 150 (Eastern Avenue). Maryland 150 totals 13.07 miles from Baltimore to Chase. Photo taken 07/09/10. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
Approaching the Eastern Avenue overpass, southbound motorists next meet Exit 57 with O'Donnell Street and connections to Boston Street. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Southbound reassurance shield for Interstate 95 posted west of Hudson Heights in Baltimore. Photo taken 08/04/13.
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While both Camden Yards and the Inner Harbor may be reached via O'Donnell Street or Boston Street, it is better to take Interstate 95 south through the Fort McHenry Tunnel, then use Exit 55 or Exit 53 (Junction Interstate 395) to reach Camden Yards and the Inner Harbor.
New signs posted here now reference the hazardous material prohibition of the Fort McHenry Tunnel of I-95 beyond Exit 56. Photo taken 06/30/10. Second photo taken 06/20/12.
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As Interstate 95 approaches Exit 57, it also approaches the planned southern terminus of Interstate 83. Interstate 83 was to be extended southeast from its current terminus at Fayette Street roughly along the Boston Street corridor, but vehement local opposition prevented that connection. Instead, Boston Street and President Street were widened to allow for a continuous traffic flow between Interstates 95 and 83. Ramp stubs are present in both directions at Exit 57. Photo taken 07/09/10. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
Leading away from the I-95 mainline along Exit 57 for O'Donnell Street and Boston Street west toward Downtown Baltimore and east to Graceland Park and O'Donnel Heights.
This overhead assembly was removed by 2012. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Taking the Exit 57 off-ramp, a signal ahead sign was posted on a sign bridge (removed by 2012) that was originally intended to display Interstate 83 north. Noticeably visible is the ramp stub for the unconstructed freeway to the left of the concrete barrier. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Several signs were replaced along Exit 57 in 2012, though they continue to reference the Baltimore Travel Plaza. The former bus terminal closed on January 25, 2011.2 Photo taken 08/04/13.
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Exit 57 combines with the northbound off-ramp of Interstate 895 (Exit 11B) and loops underneath Interstate 95 to O'Donnell Street at Interstate Avenue south. Photo taken 07/09/10. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
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The Button copy signed posted at the Exit 57 ramp end at O'Donnell Street was removed by 2012. Interstate Avenue commences otherwise and travels south by the former Baltimore Travel Plaza and west to become Boston Street after Ponca Street. Photo taken 07/09/10. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate Avenue quickly intersects the O'Donnell Street Cutoff west to O'Donnell Street and east to Boston Street and the Broening Highway (unsigned Maryland 695 south of the city line). Photo taken 08/04/13.
Shifting back to the Interstate 95 mainline, southbound motorists rise onto a viaduct leading 1.5 miles west to the Fort McHenry Tunnel toll plaza. Photo taken 06/20/12.
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Exit 56 to Keith Avenue departs in one mile to serve the Canton Industrial Area and Seagirt and Dundalk Marine Terminals of the Port of Baltimore. The ramp is the final exit before Interstate 95 enters the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Photo taken 04/30/04. Second photo taken 06/20/12.
The first in a series of overhead signs advise motorists of the forthcoming Fort McHenry toll plaza. A EZ-Pass dedicated lane bypasses the barrier to the left. Photo taken 06/20/12.
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The view of the Baltimore Harbor and port operations is stellar from this high viaduct. Large container cranes that lift cargo in and out of ships are visible in the distance. Keith Avenue is the next exit.
A new sign bridge replaces the 1980s-assembly for Keith Avenue. Previously the Keith Avenue sign saw "1/2 Mile" greened out and replaced with "NEXT RIGHT". The new Clearview-font based sign restores the distance. Photo taken 06/30/10. Second photo taken 06/20/12.
Between 2003 and 2004, the toll to cross the Fort McHenry Tunnel, along with the tolls for the Harbor Tunnel (Interstate 895) and Francis Scott Key Bridge (Interstate 695), were increased to $2 per car. A further increase occurred October 1, 2011 to $3 per passenger vehicle, and on July 1, 2013, tolls again rose to $4. Photo taken 08/04/13.
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Southbound Interstate 95 at Exit 56, Keith Avenue, which is the last exit before the toll plaza and the final opportunity for vehicles carrying hazardous materials to exit. Note the overhead sign replacement by 2012. Photo taken 08/04/13. Second photo taken 12/18/07.
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Exit 55 departs for Key Highway from the right lanes of the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Key Highway connects to historic Fort McHenry, which was the site of one of the most famous battles of the War of 1812 between the United States and the British Empire. Upon seeing the "dawn's early light" after a siege on the fort, American Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem of the United States of America, proclaiming his pleasure to see that the Americans had won the battle because the "flag was still there." Photo taken 06/30/10. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
In addition to Fort McHenry National Monument, Exit 55 (Key Highway) also connects to several port areas, including Locust Point and Hull Street Pier. Key Highway stems north from McComas Street (frontage roads to Interstate 95) to South Baltimore. Use Key Highway north to Fort Avenue east to reach both Locust Point and Fort McHenry and McComas Street for the South Locust Point Marine Terminal. Photo taken 08/20/04.
The Exit 55 sign bridge was replaced by 2010 and now only displays lane allocation signs for the toll plaza. E-ZPass holders should stay to the left for continuous access through the facility. Photo taken 08/04/13.
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Entering the toll plaza, traffic partitions into separate lanes for cash transactions, E-ZPass and truck toll collection. Photo taken 06/30/10. Second photo taken 04/30/04.
Drivers bound for Key Highway (Exit 55) should use the toll lanes to the right at the Fort McHenry Toll Plaza and enter the northern most tube (Bore #1). This exit is not accessible from the EZ-Pass bypass lane to the left. Photo taken 06/20/12.
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Interstate 95 enters the Fort McHenry Tunnel, which passes under Northwest Harbor in an east-west direction just beyond the point at Historic Fort McHenry. Opened to traffic on November 24, 1985, the 1.5-mile Fort McHenry Tunnel was constructed as an alternative to a bridge over the harbor to allow for minimal aesthetic impact to the historic Fort McHenry area. Photo taken 06/20/12. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
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The Fort McHenry Tunnel, like the Harbor Tunnel (Interstate 895) carries two lanes in each tube. Unlike the Harbor Tunnel, there are four rather than two tubes, resulting in a total of eight lanes of through traffic on Interstate 95. Photo taken 04/30/04. Second photo taken 06/30/10.
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Traveling through bore #1 of the Fort McHenry Tunnel. For more on the tunnel, visit the Maryland Transportation Authority: Fort McHenry Tunnel website. Photos taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 95 south emerges back on land on Locust Point, having crossed under the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River. From here, Interstate 95 ascends to an elevated viaduct as it approaches the main downtown Baltimore exits. Photo taken 04/30/04.
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Southbound Interstate 95 at Exit 55, McComas Street to Key Highway, Fort McHenry and Locust Point Marine Terminals. Key Highway north is an alternative to Interstate 395 into downtown, as it culminates at Maryland 2 (Light Street) just southeast of the Baltimore Convention Center, Ravens Stadium, and Camden Yards. McComas Street leads west to Maryland 2 (Hanover Street) south for interests to Cherry Hill. Photo taken 08/20/04. Second photo taken 06/20/12.
The next exit along southbound is Exit 53 for Interstate 395 north to Ravens Stadium, Camden Yards, Baltimore Convention Center, University of Maryland at Baltimore and Hopkins Plaza. I-395 is a feeder route that starts as a freeway, then separates into two legs: one to northbound Martin Luther King Boulevard, which avoids Downtown but provides a quick route to destinations north and west of the core area, and another branch along South Howard Street, which passes by the convention center and Baltimore Arena before meeting U.S. 40 just west of I-83. Photo taken 04/30/04.
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This mileage sign provided the distance to the next three exits starting with Interstate 395 (Exit 53). It was replaced with a new sign bridge by 2010 displaying only panels for Interstate 395 north. Photo taken 04/30/04. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
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Interstate 395 is the shortest Interstate highway in Maryland, and the sum of its two branches (one to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and the other to Howard Street) equals the total mileage of the route as presented in the Federal Highway Administration Interstate Highway List and Route Finder. Nevertheless, Interstate 395 is the gateway route into downtown, and it is almost entirely built on viaducts. In fact, the interchange between Interstate 95 and Interstate 395 is built over the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River/Baltimore Harbor!
Note the new sign bridge replacement by 2010 that now includes a separate panel for Maryland 295 south (Exit 52) and Thurgood Marshall BWI International Airport (Exits 52 and 47). Photo taken 04/30/04. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
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Southbound Interstate 95 remains elevated as it approaches Interstate 395 (Exit 53). The next exit (Exit 52) is for Maryland 295 south, but note that there is no exit to Maryland 295/Russell Street north. Use either Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard or Charles Street to reach the destinations served by Russell Street.
Again a new sign bridge replaced the 1980s-assembly by 2010. Photo taken 04/30/04. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
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Drivers bound for the Inner Harbor and downtown Baltimore leave Interstate 95 south for Interstate 395 north at Exit 53. Exit 52 quickly follows as a direct ramp onto the Baltimore-Washington Expressway south. Trucks are permitted on the state route to Maryland 175. Photo taken 04/30/04. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
Gore point sign for Interstate 395 (Exit 53) on Interstate 95 south. The freeway spur was completed on December 9, 1982. Photo taken 06/30/10.
Downtown Baltimore spreads into view along the transition ramp from southbound I-95 to I-395. Called the "Greatest City in America" on Baltimore's official website, the city was established in 1792 and is also known as the City of Firsts. For instance, in 1816, Baltimore was the first city to illuminate streets with hydrogen gas. A century later, in 1920, Baltimore was home to the first factory to manufacture stainless steel (Rustless Iron & Steel Company). With the history of the War of 1812 and the bountiful waterfront, Baltimore is a renaissance city. Photo taken 06/30/10.
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Within the Interstate 95/395 stack interchange is the Exit 52 off-ramp to southbound Maryland 295 (Baltimore-Washington Expressway). MD-295 heads southwest to BWI Airport, Fort Meade and Washington, DC. Photo taken 12/18/07. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
The ramp to Maryland 295 parallels the Interstate 95 viaduct for one half mile before merging with traffic from Monroe Street. Maryland 295 transitions into a freeway from Russell Street just south of Maryland 648 (Annapolis Road). Photo taken 06/20/12.
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Views of the flyovers linking Interstates 95 and 395 over the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River. Photos taken 08/04/13.
M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens NFL franchise, comes into view along side I-395 to the north. Photo taken 08/04/13.
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A rare Interstate 95 Maryland shield was in place along southbound Interstate 95 immediately after the on-ramp from Interstate 395 south. This assembly and the adjacent interchange sequence sign were removed by 2010, though a new shield marker was added to the west by 2010. Photo taken 10/10/04. Second photo taken 04/30/04.
The aforementioned Interstate 95 reassurance marker posted in 2010. Photo taken 06/27/10.
Between Interstate 395 and Alternate U.S. 1, Interstate 95 carries eight lanes of through traffic and an auxiliary lane in each direction. The freeway descends back to ground level after passing along the viaduct between Exits 55 and 52. In this area, Interstate 70 was proposed to meet Interstate 95, and some evidence of that connection, including some stub ramps, are still visible today. With the elimination of Interstate 70 within the city of Baltimore, the superhighway comes to an abrupt end at a Park and Ride located about two miles east of the Baltimore Beltway. Even after it was determined that Interstate 70 would not cross into Gwynns Falls Park, a proposal was discussed to build the section of Interstate 70 from here north to the Interstate 170 freeway and designate the whole route as Interstate 595. That plan was also opposed, and thus no freeway to freeway interchange was built here. Photo taken 04/30/04.
Alternate U.S. 1 is a fairly short highway that follows Caton Avenue from U.S. 1/Wilkens Avenue southeast to Washington Boulevard and Washington Boulevard from there south to U.S. 1/Southwestern Boulevard. Alternate U.S. 1 is signed at its interchange with Interstate 695 but is not signed at this interchange. That may be due to the fact that the Maryland Transportation Authority maintains this stretch of Interstate 95 while the Maryland State Highway Administration maintains Interstate 695 to the southeast. Photo taken 06/27/10.
Caton Avenue is a fairly long route through the city; north of U.S. 1 (Wilkens Avenue), Caton Avenue passes Frederick Road and transitions onto Hilton Parkway, which passes U.S. 40 (Edmondson Avenue), Gwynns Falls Park, and Hanlon Park (at the intersection with Maryland 26 / Liberty Heights Avenue). Photo taken 10/10/04.
Exit 50 leaves Interstate 95 south as a distributor roadway to the three-quarter cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 1 Alternate (Caton Avenue). Ramp stubs remain from unconstructed Interstate 70 near Desoto Road. Connections to both Interstate 95 south and adjacent U.S. 1 Alternate were to be provided from the east end. Photo taken 06/27/10.
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Remnants of the grading for the unconstructed ramp of Interstate 70 east to Interstate 95 south comes into view by the 1.25-mile sign bridge for Interstate 695 (Exits 49B/A). Photo taken 06/27/10. Second photo taken 08/27/05.
Southbound reassurance shield for Interstate 95 posted between the freeway main line and Exit 50A to U.S. 1 Alternate (Caton Avenue) south. Photo taken 08/27/10.
Exits 49B/A join Interstate 95 with the Baltimore Beltway at Arbutus. The directional cloverleaf interchange retains left side ramps between the split roadways of I-95 for Interstate 695 in both directions. Photo taken 08/27/10.
Southbound Interstate 95 expands to five lanes in anticipation of Exits 49B/A with Interstate 695. Interstate 695 provides the connection to Interstate 70 west to Frederick and Hagerstown to the north. Southbound, the beltway turns east at Linthicum to Interstate 97 and the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Photo taken 08/27/10.
Exit 49B carries motorists onto Interstate 695 north to Catonsville, Pikesville and Towson. The center panel posted for Interstate 95 south used to display Richmond as a second control city. Photo taken 08/27/10.
A look the original sign bridge posted for the Exit 49A ramp departure to Interstate 695 (Baltimore Beltway) south. Interstate 695 meets U.S. 1 Alternate nearby and the Harbor Tunnel Thruway before crossing into Anne Arundel County. Connections with Interstate 97 and Maryland 10 lead drivers south to Glen Burnie and Annapolis. Photo taken 08/27/05.
A sign bridge replacement was made at Exit 49A (Interstate 695 south) to update signage for Interstate 195 when Baltimore Washington International Airport was renamed to Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport. Changes also added Maryland 166 and Catonsville for I-195 northbound from Exit 47. Photo taken 08/27/10.
Mileage sign posted after the Interstate 695 interchange that retains Richmond as a destination. Photo taken 12/18/07.
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Southbound I-95 next approaches Interstate 195 east to the Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport and Metropolitan Boulevard west to Maryland 166 (Rolling Road) and Catonsville. Photo taken 12/18/07. Second photo taken 08/27/10.
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Interstate 195 was completed in June 1990, connecting a Maryland 166 freeway between Interstate 95 and U.S. 1 with the former Maryland 46 freeway between Maryland 295 and the airport. When the bridge over the Patapsco River was constructed between the two state routes, the whole freeway was added to the Interstate Highway System as Interstate 195. Photo taken 12/18/07. Second photo taken 08/27/10.
Somewhat visible on this signage is a removed Maryland 166 shield and Catonsville imprint. This stems from when the Interstate 195 freeway between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Maryland 295) and Interstate 95 did not exist. At the time, Maryland 166 was also signed on the freeway spur from Maryland 295 to Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport. Upon completion of the missing segment, Interstate 195 was christened, and Maryland 166 was truncated. Photo taken 10/01/05.
A new sign bridge replaced the original Exit 47 overhead at the off-ramp to Interstate 195 (Metropolitan Boulevard) by 2010. Photo taken 08/27/10.
Once on the transition ramp for Exit 47, traffic quickly partitions into Interstate 195 south to Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport and Metropolitan Boulevard north to the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC) and Maryland 166 (Rolling Road). Maryland 166 begins at the freeway end and associated park & ride facility and travels 2.71 miles north to Maryland 372 (Wilkens Avenue) and Maryland 144 (Frederick Road) at Catonsville. Photo taken 06/27/10.
A look at the original Exit 47 overheads that were attached to the Selford Road overpass. Note that the words "U.S. Route 1" were scraped off to make room for Interstate 195 / Baltimore-Washington International Airport. This sign was originally installed prior to the completion of I-195 over the Patapsco River (between U.S. 1 and MD 295). Once it was complete, the sign was altered to reflect its extension to the airport. The Clearview sign in the background references the northbound connection to the UMBC campus and CCBC Catonsville. Photo taken 12/18/07.
This gore point sign splits traffic between east and west Interstate 195. As noted earlier, Interstate 195 is not signed westbound from here, but there are reassurance and trailblazer shields along eastbound Maryland 166/Rolling Road at the western terminus of Interstate 195. Photo taken 12/18/07.
Southbound travelers span the Patapsco River near Avalon and the southern terminus of Interstate 895. Interstate 95 enters an 11.6 mile-stretch through eastern reaches of Howard County. Photo taken 07/02/10.


 

Sources:

  1. "New overpass at Routes 924/24 to open Friday morning." The Baltimore Sun, September 27, 2011.
  2. Baltimore bus terminals @ Wikipedia.org.


Photo Credits:

  • 04/30/04 by AARoads.
  • 08/20/04 by AARoads.
  • 10/10/04 by AARoads.
  • 08/27/05 by AARoads.
  • 10/01/05 by Justin Cozart.
  • 12/18/07 by AARoads.
  • 06/27/10 by AARoads.
  • 06/30/10 by AARoads.
  • 07/02/10 by AARoads.
  • 07/09/10 by AARoads.
  • 08/27/10 by AARoads.
  • 06/20/12 by AARoads.
  • 08/04/13 by AARoads.

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Interstate 695 - Baltimore Beltway
Interstate 895
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Page Updated 06-03-2014.