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

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Continuing beyond the Fort Armistead Road on-ramp as the beltway prepares to cross the Patapsco River via the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which rises in the distance. Photo taken 07/02/10.
The Francis Scott Key Bridge, which crosses the entrance to Baltimore Harbor, makes for a magnificent backdrop as Interstate 695 outer approaches the span. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Overheads reference the wye interchange (Exit 44) at Coffin Point with Broening Highway (unsigned Maryland 695) north to the Dundalk and Seagirt Marine Terminals. Interstate 695 meets its state route counterpart in three miles. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Opened in 1977, the Francis Scott Key Bridge, along with approaches on both sides, were the final links to the Interstate 695 (Baltimore Beltway). Originally most sections were built as a two-lane highway, but the bridge itself was built with four lanes. The upgrading of the two-lane highway to four-lane freeway occurred between 1977 and 2000 from Maryland 10 to Maryland 151. Once the freeway was completed, it was changed from Maryland 695 into Interstate 695. Photo taken 04/30/04.
Here is another view of the Key Bridge, which is named for Francis Scott Key, who wrote the Star Spangled Banner (the national anthem) after witnessing a spectacular battle at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 in Baltimore Harbor. Photo taken 07/02/10.
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A mileage sign located on the ascent up the bridge was replaced with signage for the upcoming Francis Scott Key Bridge toll plaza. Photo taken 04/30/04. Second photo taken 07/02/10.
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Originally planned as a tunnel crossing, the Key Bridge was instead constructed between 1972 and 1977 as a bridge due to a lower cost. The bridge also allows for hazardous materials transportation, unlike the harbor tunnels. Photos taken 07/02/10.
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Cresting over the Patapsco River along Interstate 695 eastbound. For additional information on the Francis Scott Key Bridge, visit Maryland Transportation Authority's Key Bridge Fact Sheet and Scott Kozel's Baltimore's Outer Harbor Crossing. Photos taken 07/02/10.
Technically Interstate 695 nips a corner of Anne Arundel County, but after that, the Beltway enters Baltimore County for good on the approach to Sollers Point and Dundalk. A similar geographical configuration exists along the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Florida where Interstate 275 nips a far reaching corner of Hillsborough County between Manatee and Pinellas Counties. Photo taken 07/02/10.
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Descending from the Francis Scott Key Bridge crest on Interstate 695 east. The freeway enters the main line toll plaza just beyond a causeway at Sollers Point. Photos taken 07/02/10.
Exit 44 departs Interstate 695 just beyond the main line toll plaza for the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Broening Highway (unsigned Maryland 695) leads northwest to Dundalk and Dundalk Avenue in east Baltimore. Authority Drive (a unsigned branch of Maryland 695) spurs west of Broening Highway to an MTA Administration facility nearby. Photo taken 07/02/10.
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Owned and operated by the Maryland Transportation Authority, the Key Bridge has a $2 toll per passenger vehicle for both east and westbound Interstate 695. A single non-stop E-ZPass lane is available for transponder holders in each direction. Photos taken 07/02/10.
Now beyond the toll booths, Interstate 695 lines Bear Creek to the Exit 44 ramp departure to Broening Highway (unsigned Maryland 695) north. Broening Highway angles northwest to Dundalk and Seagirt Marine Terminals of the Maryland Port Authority and than north to ODonnell Heights and Boston Street east of Interstate 95 (Exit 57). Photo taken 07/02/10.
Unsigned Maryland 695 exists only between the county line and Interstate 695 along Broening Highway. Dundalk Avenue stems north from the state route to Saint Helena and Maryland 150 (Eastern Avenue) in the city. Photo taken 07/02/10.
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Interstate 695 now crosses the Bear Creek Bridge, which is the third bridge (after Curtis Creek Drawbridge and Key Bridge) for the freeway. This viaduct was only two lanes until construction widened the freeway in 2000.
A six-ramp parclo interchange follows at the junction of Maryland 157 (Peninsula Expressway) and Maryland 158 (Bethlehem Boulevard). Photo taken 04/30/04. Second photo taken 07/02/10.
Maryland 158 (Bethlehem Boulevard) begins along side Interstate 695 at Bear Creek and parallels the Baltimore Beltway to Maryland 157 (Peninsula Expressway) north at Exit 43 and Edgemere. Photo taken 04/30/04.
Maryland 158 (Bethlehem Boulevard) begins along side Interstate 695 at Sparrows Point and parallels the Baltimore Beltway to Maryland 157 (Peninsula Expressway) north at Exit 43 and Edgemere. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Maryland 158 (Bethlehem Boulevard) ends at North Point Road in Edgemere. North Point Road leads south to North Point State Park. Maryland 157 meanwhile turns northwest to Dundalk and Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk (CCBC). Photo taken 07/02/10.
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Sparrows Point was removed on sign upgrades to Exit 43. Exit 43 otherwise connects Interstate 695 east (outer) with adjacent Maryland 158. Maryland 157 begins nearby and follows an angular route 4.79 miles northwest along Peninsula Expressway and northeast on Merritt Boulevard to Exit 39 of the beltway. Photo taken 04/30/04. Second photo taken 07/02/10.
A look at the Exit 43 off-ramp as it nears Maryland 158 (Bethlehem Boulevard). Maryland 158 west ends at Riverside Drive south to steel plant operations at Sparrows Point. Although shown as a freeway on some older maps, the four-lane Peninsula Expressway is not limited access. A draw bridge lies along the highway over Bear Creek between Merritt Boulevard and Interstate 695. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Beyond Exits 43-42, maintenance for Interstate 695 shifts from the Maryland Transportation Authority back to the Maryland State Highway Administration. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Another reassurance shield appears after the on-ramp from Maryland 151 (North Point Boulevard). A westbound ramp joins Interstate 695 with Edgemere and the state route and Morse Lane. Photo taken 07/02/10.
The next exit is the diamond interchange (Exit 41) with Cove Road west to Maryland 151 (North Point Boulevard) and to Dundalk. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Exit 41 departs Interstate 695 north to Cove Road. Cove Road spurs northeast from parallel Maryland 151 (North Point Road) to Glenhurst Road on the Back River. Maryland 151 totals 10.80 miles from Sparrows Point northward to U.S. 1 (Bel Air Road) in Baltimore. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Maryland 151 (North Point Road) continues north from Cove Road and partitions briefly to form frontage roads of Interstate 695 at the split-diamond interchange of Exit 40. The state route sees a full cloverleaf interchange with Maryland 150 (Eastern Avenue) to the west; motorists bound for Eastern Avenue into Baltimore should use North Point Road north as Exit 38 serves only eastbound from the beltway. Photo taken 07/02/10.
A slip ramp joins Interstate 695 north from Maryland 151 north. Interstate 695 curves northward to a three-quarter cloverleaf interchange with Maryland 150 (Exit 38) next. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Maryland 150 stretches 13.07 miles east from U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) in east Baltimore to Essex, Middle River and Chase. Exit 38 provides access to Eastern Avenue eastbound ahead of the Back River. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Maryland 151 (Merritt Boulevard) ends at a wye interchange with the Baltimore Beltway at the ramp departure (Exit 38) to Maryland 150 east. Photo taken 04/30/04.
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Three interchanges reside in close proximity to within one another along Interstate 695 between Essex and Rossville. A mileage sign was originally affixed to the Mirabile Avenue overpass but replaced with a Clearview-based ground level sign in the freeway median. Photo taken 04/30/04. Second photo taken 07/02/10.
In this scene, Interstate 695 crosses Moores Run at the Back River between Exits 38 and 36. Photo taken 07/02/10.
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An abrupt turn takes Interstate 695 east from the Patapsco Freeway onto the Windlass Freeway at Batavia Park. The right angle aspect of the Beltway is in relation to the unconstructed portion of the Windlass Freeway west to Interstate 95 at Moravia Road. Photos taken 07/02/10.
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Facing eastward along the Windlass Freeway, 1.25 miles southwest of the directional interchange with Maryland 702 (Southeast Expressway). Maryland 702 joins the Beltway with Maryland 150 west of Middle River, Middleborough, and Rocky Point Park. Photo taken 07/02/10. Second photo taken 04/30/04.
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Maryland 702 was to be part of a large freeway system in the area southeast of Baltimore. Maryland 702 was planned to extend southeast from this interchange all the way to Rocky Point Park, and the Windlass Freeway would have roughly paralleled the Amtrak corridor east toward Maryland 43/White Marsh Expressway east of U.S. 40. Neither the Windlass Freeway, east of Interstate 695, nor Maryland 43, as a freeway, east of U.S. 40 were constructed. However an extension of Maryland 43 did open in October 2006 as an controlled-access arterial to Maryland 150. Photos taken 07/02/10.
The ghost ramp of the Windlass Freeway main line is still visible today as Interstate 695 east utilizes the ramp from the Windlass east to the Beltway north. Photo taken 07/02/10.
This diagrammatic sign shows the split between Interstate 695 west/outer loop and the eastbound on-ramp to Maryland 702 south. Maryland 702 spurs 4.13 miles east along Southeast Expressway / Boulevard to Back River Road. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Now reaching the gore point for Exit 36, this is the last reassurance shield along the outer loop to use the "north" direction. From here, it angles northwest toward Interstate 95. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Interstate 695 immediately meets the full cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) north of the merge with Maryland 702 north and the Kelso Drive underpass. A button copy sign for Exit 35B directs motorists to Pulaski Highway east to Aberdeen in Harford County. Photo taken 04/30/04.
U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) continues east from Exit 35B to Rossville, Poplar, and White Marsh before exiting Baltimore County at Gunpowder Falls State Park to Joppatowne. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Exits continue in quick succession on the 1.25-mile approach to Interstate 95. Exit 35A loops onto U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) west to Rosdale and Orangeville in east Baltimore. Maryland 7, the predecessor to Pulaski Highway, meets the Beltway next at Exit 34. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Interstate 695 northbound at Exit 35A to U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) west to Baltimore. U.S. 40 follows Pulaski Highway to Orleans Street and northern reaches of Baltimore. Maryland 7 parallels the route west to Rosedale and an end by the city line. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Between Baltimore and the Delaware State Line near Elkton, the old alignments of U.S. 40 that are still state maintained are designated as Maryland 7. Although Maryland 7 is separated into several portions (much like Maryland 144, which follows old sections of U.S. 40 west of Baltimore), this particular stretch of Maryland 7 extends east from Rosedale to end at U.S. 40 near Aberdeen. Other sections exist in various areas along U.S. 40/Pulaski Highway as it extends northeast toward Delaware. Photo taken 07/02/10.
A parclo interchange joins Interstate 695 (Baltimore Beltway) with Maryland 7 (Old Philadelphia Road) at Exit 34. The beltway continues north into a symmetrical stack interchange (Exit 33) with Interstate 95 near Kenwood Park next. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Interstate 695 expands to four lanes on the approach to the eastern junction with Interstate 95 (Exit 33). Construction began on January 22, 2007 involving the reconfiguration of interchange between the two freeways that coincides with the Interstate 95 Express Toll Lanes project from the I-95 merge with Interstate 895 northward to the Harford County line. Four overall HOT lanes are being 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 are included, though funding of those elements remains uncertain in 2011. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Due to the tunnels under the harbor near downtown Baltimore, both Interstates 95 and 895 south have restrictions for hazardous vehicles. As a result, affected motorists should continue straight ahead on Interstate 695 north (outer loop). Photo taken 07/02/10.
The new Exit 33 stack interchange carries all travelers bound for Interstate 95 in unison from a two-lane off-ramp departing Interstate 695 north on the right side. Originally separate ramps (Exits 33B/A) handled movements, including a left side ramp from the outer loop to the left side of Interstate 95 south. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Exit 33 parts ways with Interstate 695 north and then splits into a high flyover to Baltimore and a ground level ramp to John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway north to Harford and Cecil Counties. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Blank spaces on the Exit 33 guide signs will eventually include information for the Interstate 95 Express Toll Lanes. The toll lanes will aid in the heavy commuting aspect of Interstate 95 northeast from Baltimore to Joppatowne and Bel Air. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Travelers continuing north onto Interstate 95 follow the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway to Aberdeen, Havre De Grace, and Elkton before leaving Maryland at the Delaware Turnpike. A toll bridge exists along the route at the Susquehanna River ($5 for passenger vehicles). Southbound motorists enter Baltimore at the Interstate 95 split with Interstate 895 (Harbor Tunnel Thruway) next. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Flyovers replaced the left side ramps between the Baltimore Beltway and John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway. Photo taken 07/02/10.
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This suite of photos looks at the original guide signs and ramp configuration of Interstate 695 north (outer) at I-95 (Exits 33B/A). The original symmetrical interchange orientated with roadway switches along both freeways that accommodated the left side ramps. Photos taken 08/27/05, 04/30/04.
One last look at the original Exit 33A ramp departure from Interstate 695 north. Note the use of York as a control city for the connection with Interstate 83 north at Towson. Photo taken 08/27/05.


 


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04/30/04, 08/27/05, 07/02/10 by AARoads

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Page Updated 04-15-2011.