Interstate 695 Outer Loop - Woodlawn (Exit 16) to Curtis Bay (Exit 1)

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Interstate 695 South
Heading south from the Interstate 70 symmetrical stack interchange through the Westview Park community. Meeting the beltway next is U.S. 40 (Baltimore National Pike). The east-west arterial joins Interstate 695 with Ellicott City to the west and Baltimore at Hunting Ridge to the east. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Heading west from Exit 15B, U.S. 40 exits Baltimore County at Patapsco Valley State Park to Ellicott City and U.S. 29 north of Columbia. Beyond U.S. 29, U.S. 40 merges onto Interstate 70 westbound en route to Frederick. Photo taken 07/02/10.
The right lane gained from Interstate 70 defaults onto Exit 15B for U.S. 40 west. A reassurance marker lines the southbound roadway through Westview Park. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Entering the full cloverleaf interchange between Interstate 695 south with U.S. 40 (Exits 15B/A). U.S. 40 continues Baltimore National Pike east to the merge with Edmondson Avenue. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Exit 15A follows onto U.S. 40 (Baltimore National Pike) east. U.S. 40 generally travels straight east along Edmondson Avenue to Rognel Heights and Rosemont where it shifts to the former Interstate 170 freeway toward downtown. From Baltimore, U.S. 40 heads northeast alongside Interstate 95 through Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, and Elkton before entering Delaware and ultimately crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge (Interstate 295) into New Jersey. U.S. 40 heads southeast to its eastern end in Atlantic City. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Edmondson Avenue veers southwest from U.S. 40 in Baltimore through a various subdivisions to a parclo interchange with Interstate 695 (Exit 13). The following two exits are Exit 13, Maryland 144 (Old Frederick Road) and Exits 12C-B, Maryland 372 (Wilkens Avenue). Photo taken 07/02/10.
Southbound Interstate 695 at the Exit 14 ramp departure to Edmondson Avenue. Edmondson Avenue provides the first of two exits serving Catonsville to the west. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Turning more to the southeast, Interstate 695 approaches the diamond interchange with Maryland 144 (Frederick Road). Maryland 144 is former U.S. 40, and it extends west to downtown Catonsville and east to Irvington in Baltimore. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Maryland 144 travels west from Exit 13 to Catonsville and east to end at U.S. 1 (Fulton Avenue / Monroe Street). The route doubled as U.S. 29 between Ellicott City and U.S. 1 until 1949. Photo taken 07/02/10.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along the outer loop: Exits 12C-B for Maryland 372 (Wilkens Avenue); Exit 12A for U.S. 1 (Southwestern Boulevard); and Exits 11A-B for I-95. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Major delays on Interstates 95 and 895 north through the city make Interstate 695 east across the Francis Scott Key Bridge that much more appealing... Photo taken 07/02/10.
Maryland 372 follows Wilkens Avenue northeast into Baltimore, where it meets U.S. 1 (Southwestern Boulevard). Maryland 372 comes to an end at that intersection, and U.S. 1 follows Wilkens Avenue toward downtown.
The west junction with Interstate 95 follows at Exits 11A/B. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Maryland 372 provides access to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) directly and Catonsville Community College via Valley Road west. The state route ends at Maryland 166 (Rolling Road), north of the Interstate 195 (Metropolitan Boulevard) freeway to BWI Airport. Photo taken 07/02/10.
A half diamond interchange lies 0.75 miles east with U.S. 1 at Exit 12A. Photo taken 10/01/05.
Traffic joins Interstate 695 east (outer loop) from Maryland 372 at this reassurance marker. Sound walls were added to the beltway through Arbutus in 2004. Photo taken 12/28/07.
U.S. 1 and Interstate 695 cross paths at Arbutus. Exit 12A joins Interstate 695 south with U.S. 1 (Southwestern Boulevard) south to Halethorpe and Elkridge and Leeds Avenue at Circle Drive in Arbutus. Photo taken 05/01/04.
Signage for U.S. 1 (Exit 12A) was replaced with panels for Exit 11 (Interstate 95) by 2007. Interstate 695 passes over U.S. 1 and a MARC line ahead of the directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 95. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Use Interstate 95 north to Interstate 395 north to reach downtown Baltimore, Camden Yards, and John Hopkins facilities. Continue straight ahead on Interstate 95 to reach Fort McHenry, Fort McHenry Tunnel, and Port of Baltimore terminals. Use Interstate 95 south to Interstate 195 east to reach the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Interstate 695 eastbound expands to five lanes in anticipation of the two-lane ramp departure (Exit 11) to Interstate 95. Interstate 95 north enters the city of Baltimore near Morrell Park nearby. The southbound freeway angles to Laurel and the Capital Beltway in 22 miles. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Southbound Interstate 695 (Baltimore Beltway) Outer Loop at Exit 12A, U.S. 1 (Southwestern Boulevard) south at Arbutus. Additional access to Arbutus exists via the Exit 11B ramp to Sulphur Spring Road. Sulphur Spring Road connects U.S. 1 Alternate (Washington Boulevard) with Selford Road to the west. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Interstate 695 passes over U.S. 1 on a bridge expanded in 2004 ahead of the Exit 11 ramp departure for Interstate 95 and Sulphur Spring Road. Interstate 95 stretches 110.01 miles in Maryland between the Woodrow Wilson Bridge at Washington and the Delaware Turnpike near Elkton. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Interstate 695 east maintains three lanes through the junction with Interstate 95 (Exit 11). Three lanes also part ways with the mainline to Interstate 95 north to the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Philadelphia and south to Interstate 495 at Beltsville and Richmond. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Now on the transition ramp from the outer loop of Interstate 695 to Interstate 95, the left lanes exits onto Interstate 95 north (Exit 11) to downtown Baltimore, while the right lane (Exit 11B) departs onto Interstate 95 south to the airport and Sulphur Spring Road to Halethorpe. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Taking Exit 11A, drivers partition to Interstate 95 south ahead of Interstate 195 and Sulphur Springs Road. Photo taken 05/01/04.
Several variable message signs, including this one, have been placed around the beltway to allow for real time traffic reports and travel times to various locations given construction, accident, and traffic volume concerns. Photo taken 04/30/04.
A half diamond interchange joins U.S. 1 Alternate (Washington Boulevard) with Interstate 695 east ahead of Hollins Ferry Road (Exit 9). Highlighted on the interchange sequence sign are the first two Anne Arundel County exits (Nursery Road and Baltimore-Washington Parkway). Photo taken 04/30/04.
Both tunnels that pass under Baltimore Harbor are subject to restrictions, including hazardous materials carriers and vehicles carrying explosive materials (such as propane tanks). Interstate 895 is restricted in this manner as indicated by this sign. Photo taken 04/30/04.
Replaced overhead signs at the Exit 9 loop ramp onto Hollins Ferry Road. Exit 8A follows at a partial interchange with Interstate 895 (Harbor Tunnel Thruway).
The Interstate 895 sign was not replaced and a new sign bridge directs motorists to Exit 9 for Lansdowne and Halethorpe. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Eastbound Interstate 695 (outer) at Exit 8A, Junction Interstate 895 (Harbor Tunnel Thruway) north. There are no exits along Interstate 895 north between Interstate 695 and the Harbor Tunnel toll plaza at Fairfield in Baltimore. Interstate 895 merges with Interstate 95 northeast of downtown, just prior to the northern interchange of Interstate 95 and Interstate 695.
Exit 8B quickly follows onto Hammonds Ferry Road north of its intersection with Maryland 168 (Nursery Road) east. Photo taken 04/30/04.
The first crossing of the Patapsco River on the Outer Loop of Interstate 695 is minuscule compared to the next crossing of the river at the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Beltway drivers enter Anne Arundel County. Photo taken 04/30/04.
Maryland 168 begins at Hammond Ferry Road and travels east 1.28 miles to Maryland 648 (Annapolis Road) at North Linthicum. An interchange sequence sign outlines the distances to Maryland 295 (Exit 7), Maryland 170 (Exit 6) and Maryland 648 (Exit 5). Photo taken 04/30/04.
An auxiliary lane gained from Hammonds Ferry Road defaults onto Exit 7A to Maryland 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) southbound to BWI Airport (via Interstate 195), Fort Meade and Washington, DC. Interstate 97 crosses paths with the Baltimore Beltway in just 1.50 miles. Photo taken 08/27/05.
A full cloverleaf interchange joins the Baltimore Beltway with Maryland 295. Baltimore-Washington Parkway becomes a National Park Service maintained route south of the interchange with Maryland 175 at Jessup. Trucks are generally prohibited along the route to Washington.
Note that the first exit here is Exit 7A followed by Exit 7B. The order of exit number suffixes changes for the next interchange (Exits 6B-A). Photo taken 08/27/05.
Baltimore-Washington Parkway continues north from Exit 7A to Cherry Hill and Westport in south Baltimore. Maryland 295 continues from the freeway along Russell Street to Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the couplet of Paca/Greene Streets to end at U.S. 40 northwest of downtown. Photo taken 04/30/04.
The heavy traffic along Interstate 695 eastbound/outer loop will remain as such until reaching the Interstate 97 split. A half-cloverleaf interchange lies next with Maryland 170 (Camp Meade Road). Exit 6A provides access to southbound to Linthicum and BWI Airport. Photo taken 07/02/10.
The right lane of Interstate 695 east defaults onto Exit 6B (Maryland 170 south). Maryland 170 is perhaps most famous to visitors as the main road to reach the rental car facility at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, which is located south of this interchange. If you are late for a plane and are on the outer loop near Exits 6A-B, turn around and use Maryland 295 south or keep going until Exit 4, Interstate 97 south to BWI rather than Maryland 170 south. Photo taken 07/02/10.
At various times, both U.S. 301 and Maryland 3 served the Baltimore metropolitan area, but both routes have either been rerouted (in the case of U.S. 301) or truncated (in the case of Maryland 3). U.S. 301 used to extend along what later became Maryland 3 into the city of Baltimore, reaching its northern terminus at the U.S. 1 turn from Wilkens Avenue onto Monroe Street; U.S. 301 was rerouted at Bowie northeast to Maryland's Eastern Shore around 1959 to Wilmington, Delaware. As for Maryland 3, that highway was part of one of two primary routes from Annapolis to Baltimore; it was truncated to its current section between Bowie (U.S. 50-301) and its current interchange with Interstate 97. Maryland Business 3 remains through Glen Burnie. Photo taken 04/30/04.
Maryland 170 continues northeast from Exit 6A to Pumphrey, Brooklyn Park and Maryland 2 (Ritchie Highway) at the Baltimore city line. A left side ramp follows onto Interstate 97 (Glen Burnie Bypass) south to Annapolis. The wye interchange between the Bypass and Beltway alludes to the former routing of Maryland 3 on the beltway northwest to Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Exits 5 (Maryland 648) and 4 (Interstate 97 south) depart simultaneously from Interstate 695 east. A parclo interchange joins the beltway with Baltimore Annapolis Road at Arundel Hills. Maryland 648 represents an older through route between the capital city and Baltimore, vastly replaced by Interstate 97, Maryland 10 (Arundel Expressway), and the Governor Ritchie Highway. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Interstate 97 and Interstate 695 split, with the two left lanes exiting onto Interstate 97 south and the right lanes remaining on Interstate 695/Baltimore Beltway Outer Loop eastbound. In an unusual signing for Maryland, the shields for the respective routes were posted on this overpass to ensure motorists are in the correct lane for each freeway. It appears as if a shield or arrow was removed from the Interstate 97 sign to the left of the shield. Photo taken 07/02/10.
The gore point is signed with both the exit number and route shield, which is common practice. However, due to the limited sight distance as a result of the aforementioned overpass, the fact that this is a left exit, and the lengthy solid white lines that separate the traffic headed to the two Interstates, the gore point is not as effective as it would normally be. Photo taken 07/02/10.
After the Interstate 97 split, Interstate 695/Outer Loop heads east along a two-lane viaduct that connects the freeway with Maryland 2 and Maryland 10. Eastbound Interstate 695/Outer Loop will briefly expand to three lanes between Maryland 2 south (Exit 3B) and Maryland 10 south (Exit 2), but it will generally retain only two through lanes until north of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Maryland 2 is a major north-south route that begins at Solomons Island, far to the south of Baltimore and Annapolis. From Solomons Island, Maryland 2 merges with Maryland 4 to dissect Calvert County, then split from Maryland 4 to head northeast to Annapolis, where it merges with U.S. 50-301 briefly before heading north again. North of Annapolis, Maryland 2 follows the Governor Ritchie Highway all the way into Baltimore City, where it follows a variety of city streets before culminating at its junction with U.S. 1 north of Mount Vernon. A portion of Maryland 2 was bypassed by the Maryland 10 freeway, but today's Interstate 97 is a much better alternate route for an expeditious trip between the two cities. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Exit 3B joins Interstate 695 east with Maryland 2 (Governor Ritchie Highway) southbound via Interstate 895 Spur south (unsigned from the beltway). Interstate 895 Spur joins the Harbor Tunnel Thruway with both Interstate 97 south and Gov. Ritchie Highway southbound directly. Maryland 2 continues south from the spur to Furnace Branch and Glen Burnie, midway between the Interstate 97 and Maryland 10 (Arundel Expressway) freeways. Photo taken 07/02/10.
A loop ramp joins Maryland 2 (Governor Ritchie Highway) north directly via Exit 3A. Maryland 2 constitutes a busy commercial arterial northward through Brooklyn Park and the Brooklyn section of south Baltimore. The state highway follows Hanover Street north to Interstate 95 and the Inner Harbor area of downtown.
A directional cloverleaf interchange follows with Maryland 10 (Arundel Expressway) southbound to Harundale and Pasadena. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Eastbound Interstate 695 (Baltimore Beltway) at Exit 2, Maryland 10 (Arundel Expressway) south to Severna Park. The right lane (third lane) defaults onto Maryland 10, which leaves Interstate 695 as a four-lane freeway. The freeway was originally planned to extend south to Annapolis, but that extension was killed due to environmental and community concerns. As a result, the Maryland 3 corridor became the new route for a freeway, and that is today's Interstate 97 between Annapolis and Baltimore via Glen Burnie. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Still within the interchange with Maryland 10, eastbound drivers see a reassurance shield assembly for Interstate 695. Stubs exist at the north end of the Maryland 10 freeway from a failed northward extension. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Interstate 695 continues east 1.50 miles to a diamond interchange (Exit 1) with Quarantine Road in southern reaches of Baltimore. A toll schedule sign advises travelers of the forth coming Francis Scott Key Bridge. Tolls are set at $2.00 per passenger vehicle, but increases are likely by the end of 2011. Photo taken 07/02/10.
A sign proclaims the eastbound stretch of Interstate 695 from Maryland 10 to the Patapsco River as a part of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The actual span does not rise until after the beltway passes by Fort Armistead Park near Hawkins Point. Photo taken 07/02/10.
An advisory sign references the forthcoming Curtis Creek draw bridge of Interstate 695 east within Exit 2. An escort area follows for vehicles needing assistance across the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Photo taken 07/02/10.
The Curtis Creek draw bridge comes into view as Interstate 695 passes by the US Army General Services Depot and Maryland 710 (East Ordnance Road). Curtis Creek flows northward from Furnace and Marley Creeks to Curtis Bay and the Patapsco River. Photo taken 07/02/10.
The drawbridge on Interstate 695 over Curtis Creek is one of several drawbridges located on the Interstate Highway System. Another famous drawbridge on an Interstate highway is the Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac River along the Capital Beltway (Interstates 95 & 495) between Alexandria, Virginia, and Oxon Hill, Maryland. Note the parallel draw bridge of Maryland 173 (Hawkins Point Road) Photo taken 07/02/10.
This view of the drawbridge along Interstate 695 east (outer) shows the concrete bridge with the lift portion at the center of the bridge. The drawbridge provides clearance of 60 feet, and it opens relatively infrequently. Eastbound drivers enter the city of Baltimore at the bridge. Photo taken 07/02/10.
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This traffic signal regulates motorists from crossing the drawbridge when the bridge is being raised for tall ship passage. The control tower for the bridge is located between the inner and outer lanes. This drawbridge was originally built as a two-lane facility and was widened to four lanes in the early 1980s. After the beltway was constructed, the sub-standard sections were designated as Maryland 695. Maryland 695 used to cover the eastern half of the beltway on the approaches to the Francis Scott Key Bridge, including the Curtis Creek Drawbridge and the former Sparrows Point Viaduct. Maryland 695 consisted of a two-lane freeway and was not promoted into Interstate 695 until the replacement of the two-lane Sparrows Point Viaduct with a four-lane at-grade freeway in early 2000. Photos taken 07/02/10.
After crossing the portion of the bridge that lifts for taller ships, another gate and traffic signal is posted in the opposite direction. More than likely, this signal and the gate were placed so that traffic controls exist when the other lanes of traffic are closed and only two-way traffic is permitted. A more remote possibility is that the lights and gate were placed when the bridge was initially constructed as a two-lane facility, and the lights were left in place after former Maryland 695 was widened from a two-lane highway into a four-lane freeway in the early 1980s. Photo taken 07/02/10.
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After passing the Curtis Creek Drawbridge, eastbound travelers continue one half mile to Exit 1 with Quarantine Road. Maryland 173 parallels the beltway from Maryland 710 (Ordnance Road) east to Fort Armistead Road, linking Brooklyn and Curtis Bay with Foremans Corner in Anne Arundel County. This is the last exit before Interstate 695 becomes a toll bridge. Photo taken 04/30/04. Second photo taken 07/02/10.
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Exit 1 leaves Interstate 695 east for Quarantine Road. Quarantine Road travels south to Maryland 173 (Hawkins Point Road) at Arundels Cove and north to the Hawkins Point Marine Terminal. Maryland 173 travels 13.73 miles southeast from Maryland 2 at Brooklyn to Fort Smallwood Park on the Patapsco River. The state route travels Fort Smallwood Road south of the city line and Pennington Avenue north of Curtis Creek.
Note the overhead replacements which eliminated the pull-through panel for Interstate 695 east. This is the final exit before the tolled portion of the Beltway across the Patapsco. Photo taken 04/30/04. Second photo taken 07/02/10.


Photo Credits:

  • 04/30/04 by AARoads.
  • 05/01/04 by AARoads.
  • 08/27/05 by AARoads.
  • 10/01/05 by Justin Cozart.
  • 12/28/07 by AARoads.
  • 07/02/10 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 04-15-2011.