U.S. 40 West - Baltimore

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U.S. 40 West
U.S. 40 (Orleans Street) meets Forest Street in this westbound scene. Forest Street connects Orleans Street with what is left of Old Town Mall. Photo taken 06/27/10.
Ensor Street curves northeast from U.S. 40 ahead of the Orleans Street Viaduct to Harford Avenue. Colvin Street spurs southeast from the intersection to Fayette Street as well. Photo taken 06/27/10.
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Opened in 1936, the Orleans Street Viaduct passes over Hillen Street, Interstate 83 (Jones Falls Expressway) and Maryland 2 north (Calvert Street). U.S. 40 utilizes the six-lane bridge from Ensor Street to St. Paul Place (Maryland 2 southbound). The viaduct provides a fast route to downtown from Washington Hill and Johns Hopkins Hospital to the east. Photos taken 06/27/10.
U.S. 40 leaves the Orleans Street Viaduct and partitions into a one-way couplet of Franklin Street (west) and Mulberry Street (east). Westbound motorists meet St. Paul Street (Maryland 2) southbound immediately after the viaduct end. Maryland 2 begins at U.S. 1 (North Avenue) and follows the tandem of Calvert Street (north) and St. Paul Street (south) to Pratt Street at the Inner Harbor. Photo taken 06/27/10.
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One block west of St. Paul Street is Charles Street, a through street leading south into the central business district. The building on the southeast corner of U.S. 40 (Franklin Street) west and Charles Street was razed between 2005 and 2010. Photo taken 08/27/05. Second photo taken 06/27/10.
Vintage U.S. highway shield posted for U.S. 40 west between Charles and Cathedral Streets. Photo taken 06/27/10.
Cathedral Street flows south from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Mount Vernon to cross U.S. 40 two blocks north of the transition to Liberty Street at Charles Plaza. Photo taken 06/27/10.
Park Avenue heads north from the Lexington Street Mall to Mount Vernon, meeting U.S. 40 (Franklin Street) west at this traffic light. Photo taken 06/27/10.
U.S. 40 (Franklin Street) westbound at Howard Street and a Baltimore Transit Company street car line. Photo taken 06/27/10.
U.S. 40 reassurance marker at Franklin and Eutaw Streets. The Baltimore Metro subway line travels underneath Eutaw Street from Baltimore Street north to Lanvale Street. Photo taken 06/27/10.
Westbound at the next block sees U.S. 40 (Franklin Street) intersect Maryland 295 (Paca Street) northbound. Maryland 295, unsigned at this point, follows Paca Street north to end at U.S. 40; Maryland 129 (also unsigned here) begins and continues Paca Street north to McCulloh Street. Photo taken 06/27/10.
U.S. 40 intersects MD 295 (Greene Street) southbound ahead of the former I-170 freeway. MD 295 follows Greene Street southward to Paca Street at Russell Street. The state route travels through the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus between U.S. 40 and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Photo taken 06/27/10.
Westbound at Maryland 295 (Greene Street) south and Pennsylvania Avenue north. Pennsylvania Avenue stems northwest to Upton from Franklin Street. Maryland 295 meanwhile serves Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Interstate 395. Russell Street continues southwest from there to Interstate 95 and the Baltimore-Washington Expressway. Photo taken 06/27/10.
U.S. 40 leaves Franklin Street for the former Interstate 170 freeway beyond Maryland 295 (Greene Street). Franklin Street sinks toward its intersection with Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard as the freeway begins.
Two button copy signs partition traffic between the two roadways: The right side panel still references U.S. 40 as traveling along Franklin Street, as the US Route was intended with the signing of Interstate 170. A back-plated U.S. 40 shield was added in place of I-170 on the left panel for the freeway on-ramp. Photo taken 06/27/10.
U.S. 40 / Former Interstate 170 West
Former Interstate 170 commences westbound ahead of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard under crossing. A 50 mph speed limit is posted on the short freeway. Photo taken 06/27/10.
U.S. 40 sinks below grade and passes under the second in a series of overpasses at Arlington Avenue. Streets that were severed between Franklin and Mulberry Streets are still joined with pedestrian bridges, such as the Carrollton Avenue span ahead. Photo taken 06/27/10.
Affixed to the Carey Street over crossing is a vintage button copy overhead for the U.S. 40 off-ramp at Pulaski Street. Also visible in this scene is the empty median that was reserved for an unconstructed line of the Baltimore Metro subway system. Photo taken 06/20/12.
All traffic on the former Interstate 170 westbound freeway diverts onto Franklin Street west ahead of Pulaski Street. A second button copy appears at the Stricker Street pedestrian overpass. Photo taken 06/20/12.
U.S. 40 prepares to depart the Interstate 170 freeway at the Mount Street overpass. The US Route passes underneath U.S. 1 (Monroe Street / Fulton Avenue) ahead. Photo taken 06/20/12.
All U.S. 40 traffic returns to Franklin Street 1.25 miles west of Greene Street. The single lane off-ramp was restriped to accommodate two lanes as the freeway ends. Monroe Street (U.S. 1 south) crosses overhead.
Had Interstate 170 been completed, the freeway was to veer southwest from the one-way couplet of U.S. 40 to I-70 at Gwynns Falls. Photo taken 06/27/10.
U.S. 40 West
U.S. 40 departs the former Interstate 170 freeway and returns to its one-way street of Franklin & Mulberry Streets at Pulaski Street. The one-way street couplet converges three blocks ahead at Wheeler Avenue.
Note that the concrete wall to the left of I-170 was demolished by 2011. Photo taken 06/27/10.
Two lanes of U.S. 40 enter the intersection with Pulaski Street adjacent to a single lane of Franklin Street west. U.S. 40 continues west to Gwynns Falls Park south of Rosemont. Photo taken 06/20/12.
Franklin Street continues west from Wheeler Avenue as a four-lane divided highway to Poplar Grove Street. At Poplar Grove Street, U.S. 40 turns onto Edmondson Avenue for its western push toward the Baltimore County line. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Edmondson Avenue widens U.S. 40 to six overall lanes between Poplar Grove Street and the Baltimore city line. The surface arterial crosses over Gwynns Falls Creek ahead of the three-quarter cloverleaf interchange with Hilton Parkway at Gwynns Falls Park. Photo taken 10/13/04.
A pair of button copy overheads guide U.S. 40 westbound drivers onto the Hilton Parkway on-ramps from Edmondson Avenue. Hilton Parkway constitutes a four-lane divided highway from Monastery Avenue northward to North Avenue through Gwynns Falls Park. The Parkway replaces much of the Hilton Street alignment through the same corridor. Although unsigned here, U.S. 40 Truck returns to U.S. 40 via the Hilton Parkway southbound. U.S. 1 Truck continues southward to Hilton Street and U.S. 1 (Wilkens Avenue) at Caton Avenue. Photo taken 10/13/04.
A sharp loop ramp departs U.S. 40 (Edmondson Avenue) westbound for Hilton Parkway (U.S. 1 Truck) southbound. Edmondson Avenue intersects Hilton Street at a signalized intersection next to the southbound off-ramp. Hilton Street provides the connections between Hilton Parkway south and U.S. 40 and U.S. 40 east to Hilton Parkway southbound. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Another westbound reassurance marker for U.S. 40 resides at the Edmondson Avenue intersection with Edgewood Street two blocks west of Hilton Street. U.S. 40 continues west from here through Edmondson Village. Photo taken 10/13/04.
U.S. 40 (Edmondson Avenue) passes by Rognel Heights and intersects Nottingham Road near the Hunting Ridge and Ten Hills residential areas. Photo taken 07/02/10.
Cooks Lane angles northwest from U.S. 40 (Edmondson Avenue) at Old Orchard Road. The through road exits the city at Hunting Ridge to become Maryland 122 in Baltimore County. The state route continues onto Security Boulevard beyond a parclo interchange with the westbound beginning of Interstate 70. U.S. 40 approaches the Baltimore city line and Westview Park beyond Cooks Lane. Photo taken 07/02/10.

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10/13/04, 08/27/05, 06/27/10, 07/02/10, 06/20/12 by AARoads

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Page Updated 07-12-2012.