Interstate 395 South

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Interstate 395 South
Interstate 395 (Center Leg Freeway) angles southeast from the intersection of U.S. 50 (New York Avenue NW) at 4th Street NW south. 4th Street NW parallels I-395 south as an Alternate route to the freeway. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 395 descends from New York Avenue NW (U.S. 50) toward the 3rd Street Tunnel. Speed limits are set at just 45 miles per hour and speed cameras are in use. Photo taken 08/04/13.
An apartment building and parking area occupy space above the 1,250 foot long 3rd Street Tunnel. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The southbound lanes of Interstate 395 through the 3rd Street Tunnel were the last to open along I-395 in D.C. when they did on February 6, 1987.1 Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 395 turns southward between 3rd Street NW and 2nd Street NW through the first tunnel. An unmarked exit departs next for adjacent 3rd Street NW between F and E Streets NW. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Two lanes of I-395 south emerge from the 3rd Street Tunnel at the unsigned exit for E Street NW. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 8 follows in one half mile onto 2nd Street SW at Virginia Avenue SW for the U.S. Capitol area. I-395 expands to four lanes from the half diamond interchange with Massachusetts Avenue NW to I-695 east (Exit 7). Photo taken 08/04/13.
A short cut and cover tunnel takes I-395 below a park plaza east of the U.S. Tax Court building between E and D Streets NW. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The Mall Tunnel ensues along Interstate 395 south at D Street NW. Photo taken 08/04/13.
The 3,400 foot long Mall Tunnel travels below the U.S. Capitol area, including the reflecting pool. The twin tubes were completed in 1973 at a cost of $100 million.2 Photo taken 08/04/13.
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Exit 8 departs from within the Mall Tunnel for Virginia Street SW west to 3rd Street SW north to the National Mall and U.S. Capitol. Photos taken 08/04/13.
An on-ramp from D Street NW adds a fourth southbound lane for Interstate 395 through the Mall Tunnel. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 395 (Center Leg Freeway) parts ways with Exit 8 at the Mall Tunnel south end below C Street SW. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Shortly after Exit 8, traffic along the Center Leg Freeway splits with two lanes for Interstate 395 (Southwest Freeway) south and two lanes for Interstate 695 (Southeast Freeway) east. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Until 2009, Interstate 695 was an unsigned route, and signs for the Southeast Freeway referenced only the connections to either I-295 south or I-395. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Taking Exit 7, drivers partition into ramps for the Interstate 695 mainline east for the 11th Street Bridge and Anacostia Freeway (I-295) and the off-ramp for South Capitol Street. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Passing under the I-695, the South Capitol Street exit departs for Nationals Park (home of the MLB Washington Nationals) and the Southeast Freeway east to the Washington Navy Yard. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Speed limits reduce to 40 miles per hour as Interstate 395 joins the Southwest Freeway by L'Enfant Plaza. Upcoming Exit 5 forms Frontage Road SW for 6th and 7th Streets SW to the National Mall. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 395 next splits with the two-lane ramp (Exit 4) to Maine Avenue SW as Exit 5 departs for the National Mall and L'Enfant Promenade. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Three lanes continue westward along Interstate 395 toward Arlington, Virginia beyond Exit 4. High speed ramps connect I-395 (Southwest Freeway) with Maine Avenue. These were built in anticipation of the unconstructed South Leg Freeway of I-695 leading northwest to the Potomac River Freeway (I-66). Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 4 separates from I-395 south at the 9th Street Expressway ramps. Two lanes continue onto Maine Avenue SW north to Independence Avenue SW by the Washington Monument. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Just beyond the Exit 4 gore point is the off-ramp for the 12th Street Expressway north toward Downtown and the Verizon Center (home of the NHL Washington Capitals and NBA Washington Wizards). Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 395 curves southwest onto the Washington Channel Bridge by the lone reassurance marker posted in D.C. Photo taken 08/04/13.
An on-ramp from 9th Street Expressway forms an auxiliary lane to the folded diamond interchange (Exit 2) at East Potomac Park. Photo taken 08/04/13.
U.S. 1 ties into Interstate 395 south from 14th Street SW. The merge lies opposite the beginning of the HOV-3 roadway for I-395 south through Arlington. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Exit 2 loops away from Interstate 395 south to Ohio Drive SW at East Potomac Park. Ohio Drive SW connects I-395 with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and a U.S. Park Police substation.
The left lane meanwhile defaults onto the HOV-3 roadway, which utilizes a 1972-built bridge adjacent to the southbound George Mason Bridge. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A parclo interchange (Exits 10C/B) resides across the Potomac River with George Washington Memorial Parkway in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 395 U.S. 1 South
U.S. 1 south merges onto Interstate 395 south across the George Mason Bridge. Exit 10C departs from the south end of the bridge onto George Washington Memorial Parkway north through Lady Bird Johnson Memorial Park on Columbia Island. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Four lanes of I-395 & U.S. 1 south span the Potomac River. U.S. 1 leaves in one half mile via a left side ramp (Exit 8C) for Jefferson Davis Highway south to Pentagon City, Crystal City and Alexandria. Photo taken 08/04/13.
George Washington Memorial Parkway is a National Park Service-maintained route following the Potomac River northward to Langley and I-495 and south to Alexandria. Trucks are prohibited from using the route. Photo taken 08/04/13.
A striped collector distributor lane branches away from I-395 & U.S. 1 south for Exit 10B, George Washington Memorial Parkway south to Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Mount Vernon and Exit 10A, Boundary Channel Drive to the Pentagon. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 395 South - Rochambeau Bridge (HOV roadway)
U.S. 1 (14th Street SW) passes over Ohio Drive SW and splits with the beginning of the Interstate 395 HOV-3 roadway (Rochambeau Bridge) at its merge onto the George Mason Bridge south.
These signs were replaced by 2008. Photo taken 08/01/05.
Single occupant vehicles may travel the Rochambeau Bridge across the Potomac River but are required to merge onto Interstate 395 & U.S. 1 just south of the Virginia state line.
This sign was replaced by 2008. Photo taken 08/01/05.
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The Rochambeau Bridge carries four overall lanes (two HOV-3 lanes per direction). The HOV facility lines the middle of Interstate 395 southward to the Interstate 95 HO/T lanes through Fairfax County.
Sign changes made in 2008 better reference the slip ramp for the I-395 mainline at Boundary Channel Drive. Photo taken 08/01/05. Second photo taken 08/04/13.
All single occupant vehicles using the Rochambeau Bridge must depart the HOV-3 roadway beyond the GW Parkway under crossing. Interstate 395 enters the state of Virginia and travels the Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway southwest to Alexandria and Springfield. Photo taken 08/01/05.

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

Photo Credits:

08/01/05, 08/04/13 by AARoads

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

Page Updated 06-19-2014.