Interstate 395 North

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Interstate 395 U.S. 1 North
The northbound mainline of I-395/U.S. 1 spans the Potomac River along the Arland D. Williams, Jr. Memorial Bridge. Opened on May 9, 1950, the bridge carries northbound traffic. The four-lane bridge includes a draw span south of the midpoint of the river. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A damaged diagrammatic overhead just beyond the draw span outlined the separation of U.S. 1 north for 14th Street from Interstate 395 north along the Southwest Freeway. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 395 North
Exit 2 immediately follows the split with U.S. 1 north for Buckeye Drive SW at East Potomac Park. Photo taken 08/04/13.
U.S. 1 branches away from I-395 north at a left side ramp (Exit 1) onto 14th Street SW to the National Mall and Constitution Avenue NW (U.S. 50). Interests to Capitol Hill and the sports venues of Nationals Park and the Verizon Center are directed to remain along I-395 eastward. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A folded diamond interchange (Exit 2) joins Interstate 395 with East Potomac Park at Buckeye and Ohio Drives near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. A U.S. Park Police Substation lies to the south along Ohio Drive SW. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 3 departs next for the 12th Street Expressway. The northbound only roadway travels below the National Mall to emerge at Constitution Avenue NW (U.S. 1/50), seven blocks away from the Verizon Center (home of the NHL Washington Capitals and NBA Washington Wizards). Photo taken 08/04/13.
Truckers bound for the Center Leg Freeway of I-395 north are alerted to the Mall Tunnel height restrictions (13 feet 0 inches). Photo taken 08/04/13.
Crossing the Washington Channel Bridge, Interstate 395 splits with the two-lane ramp (Exit 3) for the 12th Street Expressway north. A companion route, 9th Street Expressway, brings traffic southward back to I-395 to the east. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 395 lowers from the Washington Channel Bridge onto the Southeast Freeway. Departing in one quarter mile is Exit 4 onto 9th Street SW at L'Enfant Plaza. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A flyover passes above onto the 12th Street Expressway as a left side ramp merges from Maine Avenue SW. The ramp is a leftover from the unconstructed South Leg Freeway (I-395), which would have followed Maine Avenue westward toward the Lincoln Memorial and Potomac River Freeway (I-66). Photo taken 08/04/13.
9th Street SW connects I-395 north with Maine Avenue west toward the Washington Monument and southeast to the SW Waterfront and Nationals Park (home of the MLB Washington Nationals) via M Street SW. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A second left side ramp joins Interstate 395 north from 9th Street Expressway south to expand the Southwest Freeway east to four overall lanes. I-395 prepares to turn north onto the Center Leg Freeway in one quarter mile. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The Southwest Freeway mainline defaults onto Interstate 695 (Southeast Freeway) east toward the Washington Navy Yard and 11th Street Bridge while a two-lane ramp lowers from the right onto the Center Leg Freeway. Exit 6 to the U.S. Capitol and The House of Representatives (via C Street SW) departs from I-395 north below. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 695 begins and leads two miles east to Interstate 295 south and D.C. 295 (Anacostia Freeway) north. The I-395 mainline reduces to one through lane onto the Center Leg Freeway as the C Street SW off-ramp (Exit 6) departs ahead. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Two lanes of traffic join Interstate 395 (Center Leg Freeway) from the ending I-695 west on the right as the mainline splits with Exit 6 to C Street SW for the U.S. Capitol area. A second off-ramp serves I-695 west to the U.S. Capitol via D Street SW at Washington Avenue SW. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 395 enters the Mall Tunnel below the U.S. Capitol reflecting pool. The tunnel carries four lanes in each direction with two outside shoulders. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The D Street on-ramp adds the fourth northbound lane of I-395 (Center Leg Freeway) from the right. Photo taken 08/04/13.
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The Mall Tunnel was completed in 1973 at a cost of $100 million. The 3,400 foot long twin tubes travel below sea level.1 Photos taken 08/04/13.
Turning more northward, the right lane of I-395 defaults onto Exit 9 for the northern U.S. Capitol area. Photo taken 08/04/13.
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No advance signage is posted for Exit 9 to the U.S. Capitol and U.S. Senate. The off-ramp curves away from I-395 north onto C Street NW east ahead of 1st Street NW and Louisiana Avenue NW. Photos taken 08/04/13.
Continuing north, Exit 10 departs from the north end of the Mall Tunnel onto adjacent 2nd Street NW north. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A two-lane ramp (Exit 10) splits with the now two-lane mainline of I-395 (Center Leg Freeway) north for Massachusetts Avenue NW and H Street NW. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 395 emerges from the Mall Tunnel briefly before passing under another cut and cover tunnel. A ventilation area separates two sections of a park plaza by the United States Tax Court building above I-395. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The lone sign for Exit 10 appears at the E Street NW overpass, well beyond the exit gore point. Massachusetts Avenue angles southeast to Union Station, which serves AMTRAK, MARC and Washington Metro. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The pull through panel for I-395 north was carbon copied as it still reflects Interstate 95. I-95 was never built from New York Avenue northward onto the North Leg Freeway and points beyond. As such, the I-95 designation shifted from the Center Leg Freeway to the Capital Beltway in 1977. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A half diamond interchange joins Interstate 395 with Massachusetts Avenue. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 395 ends just beyond the 3rd Street Tunnel. Completion of the northernmost portion of I-395 was delayed until 1987. Photo taken 08/04/13.
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The 3rd Street Tunnel travels 1,250 feet below an apartment building and parking lot. Constructed over the course of 12 years, the four-lane tube cost $84-million.2 Photos taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 395 ascends from the 3rd Street Tunnel northwest to New York Avenue NW at 4th Street NW south. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The Center Leg Freeway end defaults onto New York Avenue NW (U.S. 50) east. U.S. 50 leads east from Washington to Baltimore-Washington Parkway and the Capital Beltway en route to Annapolis. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The turn onto U.S. 50 (New York Avenue NW) east is signalized. New York Avenue next intersects New Jersey Avenue NW. There is no easy access to U.S. 50 west toward Downtown as U-turns are prohibited from nearby. Photo taken 08/04/13.

  1. Washington D.C. Interstates and Freeways.
  2. Center Leg Freeway (I-395).

Photo Credits:

08/04/13 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 695 - Southeast Freeway
U.S. 1
U.S. 50

Page Updated 06-19-2014.