Suitland Parkway

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Suitland Parkway travels 9.35 miles between southeast Washington, D.C. and Andrews Air Force Base at Maryland 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue). Maintained by the National Park Service, the four-lane road includes several interchanges and a handful of at-grade intersections.

Opened December 9, 1944 by the Bureau of Public Roads (now the FHWA), Suitland Parkway was built to link the military facilities of Bolling Field Air Force base with Camp Springs (Andrews A.F.B.). The route is now a part of the National Capital Parks system, which preserves the forest and rural scenery along the route, and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Suitland Parkway begins at the intersection with Maryland 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue) and Presidential Parkway near Morningside. The controlled-access highway leaves a signalized intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue and immediately enters a trumpet interchange with Patrick Avenue to Andrews Air Force Base. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Westbound at the loop ramp to Patrick Avenue south to Andrews Air Force Base's North Gate. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Speed limits are set at just 35 mph as Suitland Parkway departs the Patrick Avenue interchange. Maryland 337 (Allentown Road) merges onto Suitland Parkway east in this scene. There is no direct access to the state route from Suitland Parkway west. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Approaching the Capital Beltway over crossing, Suitland Parkway westbound sees an increase to the speed limit to 50 mph. A traffic light resides west of the freeway overpass with Forestville Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Forestville Road leads south to Maryland 337 (Allentown Road) west to the Andrews A.F.B. Main and West Gates. Maryland 337 travels 3.41 miles overall between Maryland 5 and 4 (using a portion of Suitland Parkway in hidden form). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Suitland Parkway consists of a narrow swath of forest sandwiched between Morningside and residential subdivisions to the north in this scene. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Suitland Road interchanges with Suitland Parkway between Morningside and Suitland (Maryland 458). Heading north, Suitland Road becomes a part of Maryland 218; Maryland 218 travels just 1.14 miles along Suitland Road between Maryland 458 and the District of Columbia line. Photo taken 01/02/08.
A diamond interchange joins Suitland Parkway with Suitland Road. Suitland Road southeast enters Morningside nearby and ends at Maryland 337 (Allentown Road) opposite the Andrews A.F.B. Main Gate. A direct ramp to Interstate 95 south departs Suitland Road ahead of Allentown Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Continuing west, Suitland Parkway passes under Metro's Green Line and intersects Meadowview Drive. Meadowview Drive links Suitland Parkway with an adjacent subdivision accessible only from the controlled-access highway. Speed limits on the parkway lower to 45 mph on this stretch. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Bending northwest, Suitland Parkway next meets Maryland 458 (Silver Hill Road) at a three-quarter cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 458 travels 3.12 miles between Maryland 5 (Branch Avenue) and Walker Mill Road at District Heights. The state route intersects Maryland 218 nearby at the Suitland Federal Center. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Signs for the folded-cloverleaf interchange with Maryland 5 (Branch Avenue) were missing at the time of these photos. Suitland Parkway winds westward and meets the state route just outside of Washington, D.C. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Metro's Green Line passes over Suitland Parkway again ahead of the Maryland 5 (Branch Avenue) off-ramp. Maryland 5 is a 75.71-mile route leading southward from Branch Avenue in Washington to Point Lookout. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Branch Avenue continues north from Maryland 5 to Pennsylvania Avenue in the Hillcrest and Good Hope sections of Washington. Maryland 5 heads south to Hillcrest Heights and Exit 7 of Interstates 95 & 495. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Naylor Road stems west from Maryland 5 (Branch Avenue) and crosses Suitland Parkway at a signalized intersection. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Naylor Road continues into Washington to Woodland and Anacostia, ending at Fairlawn Avenue adjacent to the Anacostia Freeway. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Suitland Parkway next meets Alabama Avenue at a parclo interchange near the Garfield Heights and Douglass communities of Washington. Photo taken 01/02/08.
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Southern Avenue passes over Suitland Parkway on the Maryland and District of Columbia line. Photos taken 01/02/08.
Substandard signage directs motorists on Suitland Parkway west to the Alabama Avenue off-ramp. Alabama Avenue meanders west to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Congress Heights and north to Fort Davis. Photo taken 01/02/08.
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Motorists bound for Alabama Avenue depart Suitland Parkway west to Irving Street. Irving Street leads east from the parkway to Alabama Avenue at Knox Hill. Photos taken 01/02/08.
Stanton Road leads north from Oxon Run Parkway to a signalized intersection with Suitland Parkway. Stanton Road turns west from Suitland to Sheridan Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
A slip ramp joins Suitland Parkway west with parallel Sheridan Road near its intersection with Stanton Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Sheridan Road provides the connection to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, a north-south arterial between South Capitol Street and the 11th Street Bridge. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Passing under Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue near the end of Suitland Parkway west. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Suitland Parkway meets Firth Sterling Avenue ahead of Interstate 295 (Anacostia Freeway). Firth Sterling Avenue connects Suitland Parkway west with Interstate 295 north to the 11th Street Bridge and District of Columbia 295. Southward, the street leads to South Capitol Street and the Firth Sterling gate of Anacostia Naval Station. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Suitland Parkway travels under Interstate 295 and merges with South Capitol Street ahead of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. A turn-off connects with Howard Road before the transition; Howard Road leads east to Metro's Green Line Anacostia Station. A ramp also connects Howard Drive with Anacostia Drive along the river. Photo taken 01/02/08.
South Capitol Street merges with Suitland Parkway's end amid a series of ramps connecting with Anacostia Drive. South Capitol Street overtakes the road west across the Anacostia River to the Washington Nationals ball park and the U.S. Capitol. Photo taken 01/02/08.



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01/02/08 by AARoads

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Interstate 295 - Anacostia Freeway
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Page Updated 09-12-2009.