Interstate 695 Inner Loop - Overlea (I-95) to Key Bridge (Exit 44)

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Construction started on January 22, 2007 upgraded the junction at I-95/695 into a high-speed systems interchange. Road work coincided with the I-95 Express Toll Lanes project from the merge with I-895 northward to the Harford County line. Four overall HOT lanes were added to the middle of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway along this stretch. Provisions for ramps between the new HOT lanes and the Baltimore Beltway were incorporated into the design. Photo taken 06/30/10.
The multi level interchange at Exit 33 carries all travelers bound for Interstate 95 in unison from a three-lane off-ramp departing I-695 east. Previously separate ramps, including a left exit, joined the two freeways. Photo taken 06/30/10.
Both of the southbound freeways that cross the Patapsco River/Inner Baltimore Harbor are tunnels that prohibit vehicles carrying hazardous materials. Hazmat vehicles are directed to use Interstate 695/Inner Loop south via the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Photo taken 06/30/10.
A temporary guide sign directed motorists remaining on the Baltimore Beltway southeast to Middle River, Essex and Sparrows Point into the left lanes. The two roadways of Interstate 695 originally swapped places through the exchange with I-95. Photo taken 06/30/10.
All traffic bound for I-95 departs Interstate 695 east just beyond the Lillian Holt Drive overpass. Exit 33 leaves one half mile sooner than the original Exit 33A to Interstate 95 south. Photo taken 06/30/10.
Travelers continuing north onto Interstate 95 follow John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway to Aberdeen, Havre De Grace and Elkton before leaving Maryland at Newark, Delaware. Southbound motorists enter Baltimore at the I-95 split with Interstate 895 (Harbor Tunnel Thruway) next. Photo taken 06/30/10.
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A long sweeping flyover shuttles vehicles onto Interstate 95 (John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway) northbound ahead of White Marsh. I-95 continues from Baltimore to Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New York via the New Jersey Turnpike. Photo taken 06/30/10. Second photo taken 06/01/03.
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These photos show the original configuration and signage for Exits 33A (Interstate 95 south) and 33B (Interstate 95 north) from the Baltimore Beltway inner loop. The original directional interchange was symmetrical and included left side ramps in all directions. Photos taken 06/01/03.
Continuing east along Interstate 695 east, a parclo interchange lies ahead with MD 7 (Philadelphia Road) at Kenwood and Golden Ring. Paralleling Pulaski Highway, MD 7 represents the original alignment of U.S. 40 throughout northeastern Maryland. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 695 inner at Exit 34 to Maryland 7 (Philadelphia Road). Maryland 7 heads west to Rosedale and east Baltimore. Philadelphia Road eastbound parallels U.S. 40 to White Marsh. Photo taken 08/07/04.
MD 7 spans I-695 a half mile ahead of Exit 36 for MD 702 (Southeast Expressway). Interstate 695 becomes part of the Southeast Expressway between U.S. 40 and MD 702. MD 702 continues the Southeast Expressway east to Josenhans Corner while I-695 turns southwest onto the Windlass Freeway. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Traffic to U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) westbound to Rosedale and Baltimore departs Interstate 695 southbound at Exit 35A. The inner off-ramp to U.S. 40 west utilizes a connection with adjacent Golden Ring Road. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Exit 35B carries motorists from the inner loop of I-695 to U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) east for Middle River, White Marsh, Aberdeen, Havre De Grace and Elkton. U.S. 40 constitutes a four-lane divided highway between Baltimore and State Road, Delaware (U.S. 13). Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 695 reduces to four overall lanes from the directional interchange (Exit 36) with MD 702 southwest to Glen Burnie. The Southeast Freeway between links I-695 and MD 150 (Eastern Boulevard) outside of Middle River. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The left exit for MD 702 (Southeast Expressway) splits from I-695 south. MD 702 was intended to continue further as a freeway towards Cedar Beach. Those plans were subsequently dropped, leaving just 1.5 miles of freeway south to MD 150 (Eastern Avenue). Photo taken 08/07/04.
I-695 follows the Windlass Freeway from MD 702 southwest to Batavia Park. The Windlass Freeway was to be an east-west highway from I-95 at Moravia Road to the Middle River and Glenmar area in southeast Baltimore County. However only the segment between the Southeast Expressway and Patapsco Freeway at Batavia Park was constructed. Photo taken 08/07/04.
One mile guide ahead of the cloverleaf interchange (Exit 38) with Maryland 150 (Eastern Avenue) near Eastpoint. Interstate 695 (Patapsco Freeway) next enters the industrial area of southern Baltimore County from the Back River to Sparrows Point. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Exit 38A with Maryland 150 west and Exit 40 connect I-695 with Maryland 151 (North Point Boulevard). The Patapsco Freeway passes over the AMTRAK Northeastern Corridor and Philadelphia Avenue here. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Exit 38A leaves I-695 south for Maryland 150 (Eastern Avenue) at the Diamond Point Road overpass. Eastern Avenue heads westward to Eastpoint Mall, Eastpoint and the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore city. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The subsequent off-ramp (Exit 39) departs Interstate 695 south for Merritt Boulevard southbound to Charlesmont, Stanbrook and Dundalk. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 695 (Patapsco Freeway) southbound at Exit 38A to Maryland 150 (Eastern Boulevard) east to Essex. The state route crosses the Back River between I-695 and Essex en route to Maryland 702, Middle River and Glen L. Martin State Airport. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Merritt Boulevard partitions from Interstate 695 via a wye interchange at Exit 39. Merritt Boulevard meets Maryland 151 (North Point Boulevard) just south of the Patapsco Freeway. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Maryland 151 (North Point Boulevard) parallels Interstate 695 (Patapsco Freeway) closely between Merritt Boulevard and the community of Edgemere at Exit 42. A direct off-ramp links the beltway south with Maryland 151 southbound at the succeeding exit. Photo taken 08/07/04.
A diamond interchange (Exit 41) connects Interstate 695 (Patapsco Freeway) with Cove Road at North Point Village. Cove Road spurs north from Maryland 151 (North Point Boulevard) to I-695 and the Back River near North Point. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Bubble shaped reassurance shield for Interstate 695 south at the Beachwood Road over crossing. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The roadways of Interstate 695 parts ways for a short stretch between Beachwood Road and the Morse Lane under crossing. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Maryland 151 links with Interstate 695 again at Exit 42 and Edgemere. The state route runs along North Point Boulevard south to Sparrows Point Boulevard west into the Sparrows Point Industrial Complex. Photo taken 08/07/04.
One half mile out from Exit 42 to Maryland 151 (North Point Boulevard). North Point Road stems southeast from Maryland 151 at Interstate 695 to Edgemere, North Point State Park and Fort Howard. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Maryland 151 follows Sparrows Point Boulevard southwest from Exit 42 to Sparrows Point. I-695 transitions into a four lane freeway from Maryland 151 west to the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The Sparrows Point section of Interstate 695 was widened from two to four lanes by 2001. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 695 turns west from Edgemere to the city of Baltimore and Glen Burnie. The freeway converges with Peninsula Expressway (Maryland 157) at Exit 43 in one half mile. The forthcoming parclo interchange is the last departure point along I-695 before the Key Bridge toll plaza. Photo taken 08/07/04.
MD 158 (Bethlehem Road) stems west from MD 151 (Sparrows Point Boulevard) to Riverside Drive and Sparrows Point Industrial Complex. The ramps to MD 157 (Peninsula Expressway) at Exit 43 connect I-695 with the parallel state route. Bethlehem Road derives its name from the Bethlehem Steel Complex nearby. MD 157 travels northwest from MD 158 along Peninsula Expressway toward Dundalk. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 695 south / inner loop reassurance shield posted after the entrance ramp from Maryland 157 (Peninsula Expressway). Photo taken 08/07/04.
The Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge toll plaza lies along the east banks of the Patapsco River. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The Francis Scott Key Bridge from Interstate 695 westbound at Bear Creek. Completion of I-695 between Sparrows Point and Dundalk over Bear Creek led to the demolition of the Dundalk Avenue bridge between Maryland 158 (Bethlehem Road) and Dundalk. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 695 westbound / inner lowers at Sollers Point ahead of the Key Bridge toll plaza. A wye interchange carries eastbound traffic northward onto Broening Highway (Maryland 695) for Dundalk here. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Traffic to the Port of Baltimore Marine Terminals at Dundalk and Seagirt (via Broening Highway northbound) is directed to the outside lane at the forthcoming toll plaza. A U-turn ramp connects Interstate 695 westbound beyond the plaza with I-695 east to Broening Highway (Exit 44). Photo taken 08/07/04.
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Toll schedule and E-ZPass lane overheads for Interstate 695 west / inner at the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Tolls were previously increased from $1.00 to $2.00 in 2003. Photos taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 695 ascends across the Patapsco River into south Baltimore beyond U-turn ramp for Broening Highway and Authority Drive west. Photo taken 08/07/04.
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Trucks are restricted to the right lane of Interstate 695 west across the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Photos taken 08/07/04.
The city of Baltimore spreads along the northern horizon from the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge. The Inner Harbor protrudes north from the Patapsco River to Downtown. The Middle Branch of the River stems west to the Cherry Hill and South Baltimore areas of the city. Photo taken 08/07/04.
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Originally planned as a tunnel, the Key Bridge was constructed instead between 1972 and 1977 to reduce costs. Photos taken 08/07/04.
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The Francis Scott Key Bridge spans the Patapsco River with four lanes and no shoulders. Photos taken 08/07/04.


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06/01/03, 08/07/04, 06/30/10 by AARoads

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Page Updated 04-15-2011.