Interstate 695 Inner Loop - Curtis Bay (Exit 1) to Woodlawn (I-70)

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Officially, Interstate 695 on the approach the Francis Scott Key Bridge is designated Maryland 695 per the Maryland Transportation Authority, but to the average motorist, there is no difference between the state route and Interstate sections. An I-695 posted west of the Key Bridge alludes to the maintenance change. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The zero milepost of Interstate 695 stands at the western end of the Francis Scott Key Bridge by Fort Armistead Park. A diamond interchange falls within the Baltimore city limits on thie ensuing stretch at Quarantine Road. Quarantine Road links the Beltway with adjacent MD 173 (Hawkins Point Road). MD 173 heads south along Fort Smallwood Road to Foremans Corner, Orchard Beach and Riviera Beach. Northward MD 173 follows Hawkins Point Road to Pennington Avenue and the Curtis Bay and Brooklyn Manor neighborhoods of Baltimore. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 695 (Baltimore Beltway) crosses Curtis Creek on a draw bridge in south Baltimore. The span parallels Maryland 173 (Hawkins Point Road) between Walnut Point and the Anne Arundel County line. Photo taken 08/07/04.
MD 2 and MD 10 meet Interstate 695 in close proximity in northern Anne Arundel County. The two highways serve the city of Glen Burnie south of Baltimore. Exit 3A departs I-695 west for MD 2 (Ritchie Highway) north ahead of the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 2) with MD 10 south. Photo taken 08/07/04.
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Crossing Curtis Creek along Interstate 695 west between Exits 1 and 2. The draw bridge accomdates larger vessels to Curtis Bay GSA Depot and the U.S. Coast Guard Yard south along the Marley Creek. Other draw bridges along the Interstate Highway System include I-110 at Biloxi, MS; I-280 at Newark, NJ; I-278 at Bronx, NY; and I-64 at Chesapeake, VA. Photos taken 08/07/04.
Exit 3A leaves I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) westbound ahead of the exchange (Exit 2) with Maryland 10. Maryland 2 (Ritchie Highway) northbound enters Baltimore at the Brooklyn neighborhood. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The collector distributor roadway (Exit 3A) for MD 2 (Ritchie Highway) north separates from I-695 west. MD 2 comprises a four to six lane arterial between Glen Burnie and the Baltimore city line. The state route lines Potee Street through Brooklyn and then Hanover Street northwest to Downtown Baltimore. Photo taken 08/07/04.
MD 10 (Arundel Expressway) is a freeway south from Interstate 695 to Glen Burnie, MD 2 and MD 100 at Pasadena. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Traffic to MD 2 south through Glen Burnie is directed onto the Arundel Expressway to the adjacent exchange with MD 710 (Ordnance Road). MD 710 stems east from MD 2 (Governor Ritchie Highway) to MD 173 (Pennington Avenue). Photo taken 08/07/04.
The c/d roadway continues from MD 10 north to MD 2 (Ritchie Highway) northbound to Brooklyn in Baltimore. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The Baltimore Beltway converges with the north end of Interstate 97 one mile west of MD 10. The shortest two-digit Interstate highway in the system, I-97 travels between Glen Burnie and Annapolis. A heavily used commuter route, the freeway connects with the MD 100 freeway, MD 32 (Patuxent Freeway) and I-595 & U.S. 50-301 (John Hanson Highway). Photo taken 08/07/04.
A rare state named shield for I-695 was posted at the gore point on the c/d roadway for Maryland 2 (Ritchie Highway) northbound. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 97 links with MD 3 south to Bowie and U.S. 301 south to the Governor Nice Bridge across the Potomac River. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Exit 4 provides access to I-97 south only; Interstate 895 Spur (Harbor Tunnel Thruway) extends north from the exchange to the Harbor Tunnel across the Patapsco River. Maryland 648 parallels to the west along Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard from Ferndale to Pumphrey. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Advancing west to the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 4) with Interstate 97 and I-895 Spur on I-695. I-895 Spur south transitions to I-97 for Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the Eastern Shore, Salisbury and Ocean City. Photo taken 08/07/04.
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Exit 4 loops away from Interstate 695 west to Glen Burnie, Southgate and Annapolis. Interstate 97 meets Maryland 100 in three miles, Maryland 32 in ten miles, and U.S. 50-301 in 17 miles. Photos taken 08/07/04.
Exit 5 follows I-97 on I-695 west to MD 648 (Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard). The state route parallels Interstate 97 south to Ferndale and Glen Burnie. Northward MD 648 extends to Pumphrey, Lansdowne and the West Port section of Baltimore at MD 295. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Following the exits for Maryland 648 (Annapolis Road) and Maryland 170 (Camp Meade Road), Interstate 695 west approaches Exit 7 for Maryland 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway). Photo taken 08/07/04.
This sign bridge indicates the new control city for the inner loop of Interstate 695 (westbound): Towson, which is located at the northernmost point on the beltway, near the interchange between Interstate 695 and Interstate 83. In addition, since Maryland 295 and Interstate 95 both travel north into Baltimore, it is also mentioned as a control city. Photo taken 08/07/04.
This overhead along westbound/inner Interstate 695 displays the mileage to the principal spokes meeting the beltway loop. The first of these is the succeeding exit for Maryland 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway). Beyond Maryland 168 (Exit 8), the beltway proceeds north to Interstate 95 at Exit 11 and I-70 at Exit 14. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The Baltimore-Washington Parkway is a major connector between the largest city in Maryland and the nation's capital. Passing through a corridor maintained by a variety of jurisdictions, the route is maintained by the Maryland State Highway Administration at the point where it crosses Interstate 695; it is designated as Maryland 295. South of Baltimore, the federal government picks up the maintenance from Maryland 175 south to U.S. 50 in the District of Columbia. Through this stretch, it does not have any numerical designation, but it is sometimes referred to as Route 295. Once in the District, the parkway gives way to District of Columbia 295, which connects with Interstate 295 at the Anacostia/11th Street Bridge couplet, south of the Pennsylvania Avenue interchange. Photo taken 08/07/04.
A lane drop occurs along I-695 west for Exit 7B and Maryland 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) north into Baltimore. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Exit 7A loops away from westbound/inner Interstate 695 onto Maryland 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) south to Washington. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The next exit along westbound/inner Interstate 695 is Exit 8, which provides access to Maryland 168 (Nursery Road). Photo taken 06/01/04.
The inner loop of Interstate 695 reaches Exit 8 for Maryland 168 (Nursery Road). Maryland 168 heads northeast to Maryland 648 (Annapolis Boulevard). Nursery Road heads south to Hammonds Ferry Road and an interchange with Maryland 295, then southeast to Elkridge Landing Road near Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Interstate 695 crosses the Patapsco River into Baltimore County and next meets Hollins Ferry Road north to Lansdowne (Exit 9). Photo taken 06/01/04.
Interstate 695 enters the parclo B2 interchange with Hollins Ferry Road (Exit 9). Hollins Ferry Road winds northeastward to Mount Winans and Washington Boulevard in Baltimore. U.S. 1 Alternate (Washington Boulevard) crosses paths with the beltway in one half mile at Exit 10. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Alternate U.S. 1 is a short route leading north from U.S. 1 at Southwestern Boulevard and Washington Avenue in Baltimore County. Alternate U.S. 1 follows Washington Boulevard northeast past Interstate 695 to Caton Avenue, then turns north to rejoin U.S. 1 in Baltimore city at Wilkens Avenue. The 3.92-mile route serves interests to Halethorpe and Arbutus. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 695 continues northwest to a directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 95 from U.S. 1 Alternate (Washington Boulevard). An original button copy sign (replaced by August 2009) directed motorists into the right lane for Exits 11A/B. Exit 11A departs first for the northbound parent Interstate. Photo taken 12/30/08.
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As Exit 11 departs for Interstate 95, the inner loop of Interstate 695 angles northwest toward Catonsville and I-70. I-95 travels eastward from Exit 11A to Downtown Baltimore and southwest from Exit 11B to the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495).
The original sign bridge for Exit 11 was replaced by 2008. Photo taken 06/01/04. Second photo taken 12/30/08.
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Exit 11B loops onto Interstate 95 southbound to Howard County, Interstate 195 to BWI Airport, and the Capital Beltway. A Clearview sign replaced the original button copy overhead by 2008. Photo taken 06/01/04. Second photo taken 12/30/08.
The succeeding interchanges along the Baltimore Beltway north are Exit 12, Maryland 372 (Wilkens Avenue); Exit 13, Maryland 144 (Frederick Road); and Exit 14, Edmondson Avenue. Photo taken 06/27/10.
A half diamond interchange adds traffic from U.S. 1 (Southwestern Boulevard) on the approach to Exits 12B/C. Maryland 372 follows Wilkens Avenue 2.86 miles west to Maryland 166 (Rolling Road) and east to U.S. 1 in the city of Baltimore. Photo taken 06/20/12.
Nearing the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exits 12B/C) with Maryland 372 (Wilkens Avenue) on I-695 north. Photo taken 06/20/12.
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Exit 12B leaves Interstate 695 north for Maryland 372 (Wilkens Avenue) east to Baltimore. Photo taken 06/20/12. Second photo taken 06/27/10.
Maryland 372 (Wilkens Avenue) enters the city of Baltimore just ahead of its end at U.S. 1 (Southwestern Boulevard) by the Oaklee neighborhood. Photo taken 06/27/10.
Exit 12C loops onto Maryland 372 westbound ahead of the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Connections with Valley Road lead drivers west to Catonsville Community College as well. Maryland 166 (Rolling Road) travels south from Maryland 372 to Interstate 195 and north to Catonsville. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 695 north (inner) traverses a forested area just north of Wilkens Avenue. Photo taken 06/20/12.
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Continuing northbound on Interstate 695 toward the diamond interchange (Exit 13) with Maryland 144 (Frederick Road). Maryland 144 travels west from U.S. 1 (Monroe and Fulton Streets) in Baltimore to Catonsville and Ellicott City.
A new sign bridge added by 2006 references the next three exits leading to Interstate 70. Photo taken 08/27/05. Second photo taken 06/20/12.
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A look at the older ground-level mileage sign for Edmondson Avenue and U.S. 40 (Baltimore National Pike) and overhead assembly for Exit 13 (Maryland 144). Both were replaced by 2006. Photos taken 08/27/05.
Exit 13 departs Interstate 695 north / inner for Maryland 144 (Frederick Road). Frederick Road eastbound heads for the North Bend, Ten Hills and Irvington neighborhoods of west Baltimore and west to downtown Catonsville. Maryland 144 follows older segments of U.S. 40 to western Maryland. Photo taken 06/20/12.
Edmondson Avenue and Interstate 695 cross paths at a parclo interchange (Exit 14) east of Catonsville. The name sake of U.S. 40 in western Baltimore constitutes a residential through route between Catonsville and Baltimore National Pike at Hunting Ridge in the city. Photo taken 12/30/08.
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Exit 14 departs Interstate 695 north 0.75 miles south of U.S. 40 (Baltimore National Pike and two miles out from Interstate 70. Edmondson Avenue carries U.S. 40 east to Gwynns Falls Park and Rosemont to an end at Harlem Park, north of the former Interstate 170 freeway. Photo taken 08/27/05. Second photo taken 06/20/12.
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Northbound (inner) Interstate 695 next approaches Exit 15 for U.S. 40 (Baltimore National Pike). U.S. 40, which extends almost across the country, from near Park City, Utah, east to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Through the city of Baltimore, it follows Edmondson Avenue to the Franklin / Mulberry Street couplet northwest of Downtown, diverging from those streets along the former Interstate 170 freeway. Photo taken 08/27/05. Second photo taken 06/20/12.
Interstate 695 enters the full cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 40 and reaches Exit 15A onto Baltimore National Pike east to Westview Park and Rognel Heights in Baltimore. Photo taken 06/20/12.
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U.S. 40 (Baltimore National Pike) continues west from the Baltimore Beltway and Exit 15B through northern reaches of Catonsville before crossing Patapsco Valley Park into Ellicott City. The US Route eventually joins Interstate 70 and commingles with the freeway to Hancock and the Interstate 68 corridor. Photo taken 08/07/04. Second photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 695 travels northward through Westview Park between U.S. 40 and Interstate 70. Pictured here is a northbound/inner loop shield assembly posted after the Baltimore National Pike westbound on-ramp. Photo taken 06/01/04.
The right lane of Interstate 695 north from Exit 15 defaults onto the Exit 16 ramps to Interstate 70. Interstate 70 begins at the Baltimore Beltway, with the 1.95-mile spur leading east to Franklintown and the Park & Ride facility at Maryland 122 (Security Boulevard) serving local and commuter interests only. Photo taken 12/30/08.
A new sign bridge for Exit 16 added by 2008 includes a five-mile reference to Interstate 795 (Northwest Expressway). Interstate 70 travels 91.5 miles in Maryland, connecting Baltimore with Frederick, Hagerstown, and Interstate 68 at Hancock. The freeway doubles as a commuter route to Ellicott City and the U.S. 29 freeway south to Columbia. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Button copy signs for Interstate 695 north ahead of Interstate 70 were originally posted at the Crosby Road overpass.
Like U.S. 40, Interstate 70 is also nearly transcontinental, with its western terminus by a small town in Utah where Interstate 70 merges with Interstate 15. Although some have considered an extension of I-70 west to California would be appropriate, funding and political desire are low for such a route (not to mention the manner in which such a freeway would cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains). And here, at this interchange, I-70 ends as the spur east to the park and ride lot at MD-122 was removed from the Interstate system in May 2014 to accommodate the new MTA Red Line. Photo taken 10/10/04.
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The interchange between Interstate 695 and Interstate 70 is a symmetrical stack interchange. This ramp (Exit 16) provides access both to I-70 west and the future Cooks Boulevard (former I-70 east). I-70 parallels U.S. 40 west to Frederick and into Pennsylvania; Cooks Boulevard replaces the spur of I-70 east to MD-122 and Cooks Lane as a two-lane parkway.
The button copy overhead for Interstate 70 was seriously damaged in 2005 and the whole sign bridge replaced by 2008. Photo taken 08/07/04. Second photo taken 12/30/08.
The I-70 east conclusion at the Park and Ride above Security Boulevard was not the intended end of the cross-country freeway. Interstate 70 was supposed to extend east from I-695 through Leakin and Gwynns Falls Park in west Baltimore to I-95 near the Carroll Park Golf Course southwest of Downtown Baltimore. Local opposition to this extension killed the proposed freeway route, along with a proposed child route, Interstate 170. While a few blocks of Interstate 170 and some ramps at Interstate 95 were constructed (some of the ghost ramps in fact were removed by 1994), neither freeway is proposed to extend any further. As a result, Interstate 70 ended just beyond the Maryland 122 interchange ... at a Park and Ride that was installed over the original concrete poured for the freeway. That interchange will be replaced with an at-grade intersection with Cooks Boulevard as part of the MTA Red Line project. Photo taken 08/07/04.
A new overhead directs motorists onto Interstate 70 west (Exit 16A) to Frederick and east (Exit 16B) to the Park & Ride (Cooks Boulevard). Photo taken 12/30/08.
Traveling the Exit 16 ramp onto Interstate 70 westbound to Howard County. The ramps from I-695 inner to I-70 west and I-695 outer to Cooks Boulevard east represent the third level of the four-level stack interchange. Exit 16 is the only symmetrical stack interchange in all of Maryland. The nearest similarly designed interchange is the Interstate 295 (Clearview Expressway) and Grand Central Parkway stack in Queens, New York. Photo taken 08/07/04.


 


Photo Credits:

06/01/04, 08/07/04, 10/10/04, 08/27/05, 12/30/08, 06/27/10, 06/20/12 by AARoads

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Interstate 70
Interstate 95
Interstate 97
Interstate 895
U.S. 1
U.S. 40
Route 2
Route 10 - Arundel Expressway
Route 144
Route 170
Route 295 - Baltimore-Washington Parkway
Route 372 - Wilkens Avenue

Page Updated 06-03-2014.