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Interstate 97 South
The first southbound shield for Interstate 97 resides just across the Furnace Branch Road under crossing south of I-695. A companion U.S. 301 trailblazer is posted for motorists bound for the Governor Nice Bridge toward Richmond, Virginia. The inclusion of U.S. 301 is appropriate considering that Maryland 2 and 3 replaced the original U.S. 301 routing into downtown Baltimore, roughly along the same path of Interstate 97. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Exit 16 connects I-97 south with Maryland 648 (Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard) at Glen Burnie. The state route parallels Interstate 97 between Linthicum and Ferndale. Photo taken 10/13/04.
The pull-through panel for Interstate 97 doubles as a mileage sign for both the freeway and U.S. 301 to Richmond, Virginia. An auxiliary guide sign for Exit 16 directs motorists to Cromwell Station of the MARC Light Rail line out of Baltimore. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Interstate 97 southbound passes through the suburb of Ferndale at the Wellham Avenue overpass. Exit 16 departs in 0.50 miles for Maryland 648 (Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard). The state route travels 2.7 miles southeast through the heart of Glen Burnie to Maryland 10 at the community of Marley. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Six-lanes of freeway press through Glen Burnie at the ramp departure for Exit 16 (Maryland 648). Maryland 648 north leads to Ferndale, Garland, Garland Park and Woodlawn Heights. Photo taken 10/13/04.
MD 162 (Aviation Boulevard) and MD 176 (Dorsey Road) converge just west of Interstate 97. Exit 15 connects with Cromwell Park Drive west to Aviation Boulevard from I-97 south. Dorsey Road carries Maryland 176 west from Glen Burnie and Maryland 648 to the community of Harmans at Maryland 170 (Aviation Boulevard). Photo taken 10/13/04.
The southbound off-ramp of Exit 15 departs Interstate 97 for Cromwell Park Drive to Maryland 162 (Aviation Boulevard). Maryland 162 in conjunction with Maryland 176 and Maryland 170 comprise the Baltimore-Washington International Airport Loop. Signs can be found on all three routes for Airport Loop as they encircle the facility.
Exit 15 originally consisted of a standard diamond interchange with just Dorsey Road. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Traffic from Maryland 176 (Dorsey Road) forms an auxiliary lane south to Maryland 100 (Exits 14B/A). Maryland 100 comprises a freeway between Jacobsville west and U.S. 29 at McApline. A directional cloverleaf interchange reconstructed in the early 1990s joins the two limited-access highways. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Stewart Avenue crosses over Interstate 97 as the freeway expands to five southbound lanes in anticipation of the Maryland 100 interchange. Maryland 100 encircles the Baltimore metropolitan area through such communities as Columbia Hills, Crowder, Hanwood Park, Severn, Southgate, and Pasadena. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Exits 14B/A depart Interstate 97 for the Maryland 100 freeway. Maryland 100 joins the Maryland 10 freeway at Lipins Corner two miles to the east. From there Maryland 100 continues as an expressway to Armiger, Jacobsville and Maryland 177 (Mountain Road) near Lake Shore. Maryland 177 continues the drive to Gibson Island along the Chesapeake Bay. Photo taken 10/13/04.
A parting shot of the Exit 14 ramp departure for Maryland 100. Travelers utilizing Exit 14B for Maryland 100 westbound will reach Maryland 295 (Baltimore Washington Parkway) in four miles, Interstate 95 in eight miles, and U.S. 29 near Ellicott City in 13 miles. Photo taken 10/13/04.
The three-quarter mile guide sign for Exit 13 (Maryland 174) resides ahead of the Maryland 100 over crossing on Interstate 97 south. Maryland 174 (Quarterfield Road) loops northeast from Fort Meade through Severn to Glen Burnie. Photo taken 10/13/04.
One half mile north of the folded diamond interchange with Quarterfield Road at Southgate. Maryland 174 begins 1.1 miles to the east at Maryland 3 Business (Crain Highway) in Glen Burnie. Westward from I-97, Maryland 174 follows Quarterfield and Donaldson Roads 2.5 miles to Maryland 170 (Telegraph Road) at Severn. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Interstate 97 southbound shield and companion Maryland 3 trailblazer posted after the Maryland 100 ramps merge onto the freeway southbound. A mileage sign in the background reflects the connections with Interstate 595 & U.S. 50-301 for Annapolis, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and Governor Nice Bridge. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Continuing southward to the Exit 13 off-ramp for Maryland 174 (Quarterfield Road). A second Interstate 97 reassurance shield and the one-mile guide sign for Exit 12 with Maryland 3 Business accompany the Quarterfield Road exit-only sign. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Interstate 97 passes underneath Quarterfield Road at the Exit 13 loop ramp onto Maryland 174. Quarterfield Road and Maryland 174 part ways nearby as the roadway travels south three miles to Ridgeway and WB & A Road. Photo taken 08/27/05.
The Maryland 174 on-ramp forms an auxiliary lane for Maryland 3 Business (Crain Highway) and Exit 12. Although Maryland 3 was superseded from the upcoming interchange northward to Interstate 695 & Interstate 895 Spur by Interstate 97, its business loop remains in tact through the city of Glen Burnie. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Use Exit 12 for the Veterans Highway and various services. Veterans Highway constitutes the northbound side frontage road between Maryland 3 Business (Crain Highway / New Cut Road) and the interchange of Interstate 97 with Maryland 3 and 32. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Exit 12 leaves Interstate 97 southbound for Maryland 3 Business north (Crain Highway), New Cut Road southbound, and Veterans Highway southbound. Since Business Maryland 3 no longer connects to its parent route (Interstate 97 replaced Maryland 3 north of Millersville), this business route should be assigned another number or recommissioned as Business Loop I-97. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Interstate 97 continues south and passes by the Severn Run Natural Environment Area toward the split with Maryland 3. Annapolis is 15 miles to the south. The Bay Bridge is 22 miles to the east and Potomac River 62 miles to the southwest. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Benfield Boulevard ties into Interstate 97 at Exit 10 one mile south of the Brightview Road overpass. Benfield Boulevard serves the community of Benfield and the Severn Run Natural Environment Area via Najoles and Dicus Mill Roads to the west. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Four lanes advance southbound on I-97 to the parclo interchange (Exits 10B/A) with Benfield Boulevard. The three lane boulevard winds east from adjacent Najoles Road five miles to Maryland 648 (Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard) at Severna Park. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Southbound at the ramp departure of Exit 10B for Benfield Boulevard westbound. Benfield Boulevard intersects Najoles Road before dead ending at the Severn Run Natural Environment Area. Najoles and Dicus Mills Road travel west to Maryland 677 at the Patuxent Freeway (Maryland 32) outside of Odenton. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Pressing southward on Interstate 97 through the Benfield Boulevard interchange. A pair of lanes loop onto Benfield Boulevard eastbound to Veterans Parkway, Governor Stone Parkway, and the transition into Benfield Road. The pull-through panel recommends that through trucks remain on Interstate 97 to Interstate 595 west in lieu of Maryland 3 (Robert Crain Highway) southbound to U.S. 301 at Bowie. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Interstate 97 crosses the Severn Run Natural Environment Area and Severn Run itself on the one mile approach to Exit 7. The southbound lanes of I- 97 replaced what were the travel lanes for Maryland 3 from Millersville and Benfield south to Dorrs Corner (Maryland 178). Photo taken 08/27/05.
One mile north of the cloverleaf interchange (Exit 7) with the shared end point for Maryland 3 (Robert Crain Highway) and Maryland 32 (Patuxent Freeway). Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 301 advisory sign for the Governor Nice Bridge across the Potomac River for Richmond, Virginia. Maryland 3 branches southwest from forthcoming Exit 7 along Robert Crain Highway. The state route navigates along an arterial route ninte miles through Millersville, Conaways, Crofton, Priest Bridge and Bowie to U.S. 50-301. Interstate 97 south and U.S. 50/301 west provide a 14-mile long bypass route for Bowie. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Interstate 97 reduces to four overall lanes on the seven-mile stretch from Maryland 3 & 32 to Interstate 595 & U.S. 50-301. Maryland 32 leads west to Odenton, Fort George G. Meade and Savage. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Auxiliary guide sign for the Maryland 3 southbound control point of Crofton. Crofton resides six miles to the south along Maryland 3 (Robert Crain Highway) north of the Patuxent River and Prince George's County Line. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Interstate 97 veers southeast as Exit 7 defaults onto the Robert Crain Highway southbound. A cloverleaf interchange exists between Maryland 3 and Maryland 32 (Patuxent Freeway) west of the Interstate 97 curve. The Patuxent Freeway extends northwest 20 miles to Clarksville west of U.S. 29 and Columbia. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Maryland 3 (Robert Crain Highway) separates from I-97 south ahead of the ramp for Maryland 32 west to Odenton and Fort George G. Meade. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Interstate 97 overtakes the ending Maryland 32 (Patuxent Freeway) on the southeast turn. Maryland 178 stems southeast from Veterans Highway at Dorrs Corner parallel to I-97 though to Crownsville. Photo taken 08/27/05.
A wye interchange joins Interstate 97 south with Maryland 178 at Exit 5. The off-ramp was once a part of Maryland 32 before I-97 overtook the state route in the mid 1990s. Otherwise Maryland 178 (Generals Highway) stems southward from the Veterans Highway merge with Maryland 3 to Annapolis. Photo taken 08/27/05.
The auxiliary lane gained from Maryland 32 eastbound departs as an exit-only allocation for Maryland 178 (Generals Highway) at the Waterbury Road overpass. Use Maryland 178 to Herald Harbor Road for the Severn River community of Herald Harbor. Photo taken 08/27/05.
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The last confirming marker for I-97 stands along the 5.1 mile rural stretch leading from Waterbury to Interstate 595 & U.S. 50-301. Photo taken 08/27/05. Second photo taken 06/22/00.
Curving southward again along Interstate 97 on the four-mile approach to U.S. 50 (Interstate 595 & U.S. 301). Photo taken 08/27/05.
One mile north of the Interstate 97 southern terminus near Annapolis. Sweeping directional ramps carry southbound drivers onto Interstate 595 & U.S. 50-301 to Washington, Annapolis, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Interstate 595 is the hidden designation for the U.S. 50 freeway between Interstate 95 and Maryland 70 (Exit 24). Photo taken 08/27/05.
Supplemental overheads separate the U.S. 301 control points from U.S. 50's. U.S. 301 overlaps with U.S. 50 from Bowie (Exit 13) eastward across the Bay Bridge to Exit 46 at Queenstown. The US route south provides a congested alternate to Interstate 95 and Washington, D.C. via Waldorf, LaPlata, and the Governor Nice Bridge. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Interstate 97 southbound defaults onto Interstate 595 & U.S. 50 east and U.S. 301 northbound for the capital city of Annapolis. Interchanges with Maryland 665 (Aris T. Allen Boulevard), Maryland 450 (West Street), and Maryland 70 (Rowe Boulevard) serve the capital city to the east. Photo taken 08/27/05.
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Interstate 97 southbound ends at the ramp split to Interstate 595 & U.S. 50-301. Washington, D.C. lies 21 miles to the west. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is 11 miles to the east. Photos taken 08/27/05.

Photo Credits:

  • 06/22/00 by AARoads.
  • 09/19/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 10/13/04 by AARoads.
  • 08/27/05 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 595
Interstate 695 - Baltimore Beltway
Interstate 895
U.S. 50
U.S. 301
Route 32 - Patuxent Freeway
Route 100

Page Updated 09-01-2010.