Interstate 395 Maryland

History
North End
South End

Overview

Interstate 395 constitutes a freeway spur from I-95 into central Baltimore. Partitioned into separate branches, the eastern leg provides direct access to the Inner Harbor district from Conway Street east and Downtown from Howard Street north. The western segment connects with Lee and Russell Streets for M & T Bank Stadium (home of the NFL Baltimore Ravens) and Oriole Park at Camden Yards (home of the MLB Baltimore Orioles). Martin Luther King,Jr. Boulevard extends from the freeway end at Washington Boulevard as an at-grade bypass of Downtown to U.S. 40 at Seton Hill.

History

AASHTO approved the designation of Interstate 395 in Baltimore on June 30, 1970. Constructed commenced on the mostly elevated freeway in 1976. It was completed on December 9, 1982.1

Route Information

  • North End – Baltimore, MD

  • South End – Baltimore, MD

  • Mileage – 1.98

  • Cities – Baltimore

  • JunctionsI-95

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-395 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

Location Vehicles per day
I-95 to MLK Bl 103,961
MLK Bl to Camden St 60,381
MLK Bl to MD 295 44,031

Highway Guides

North End – Howard St / Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd – Baltimore, Maryland

Perspective from Interstate 395 north
Interstate 395 heads north along a viaduct just east of M&T Bank Stadium to the split with the east branch to Howard Street and the west branch to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Photo taken 06/30/10.
A two lane flyover connects I-395 north with Lee Street at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard north ahead of Pratt Street. Photo taken 06/20/12.
I-395 north along the western branch lowers to grade level at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Washington Boulevard. MLK Boulevard continues 0.75 miles north to the former I-170 freeway along U.S. 40. Photo taken 10/12/01.
Perspective from Interstate 395 south
Interstate 395 begins southbound from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard beyond Washington Boulevard. A confirming marker stands beyond the off-ramp for Russell Street (MD 295) southbound. Photo taken 06/27/10.

South End I-95 – Baltimore, Maryland

Historic perspective from Interstate 395 south
Original button copy overheads for Interstate 95. Photo taken by Jim K. Georges (06/98).
Perspective from Interstate 395 south
A single lane flyover links I-395 south with Interstate 95 north to the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Photo taken 06/27/10.
Two lanes continue onto Interstate 95 south through Morrell Park in southwest Baltimore, BWI Airport, Howard County and Washington, DC. Photo taken 06/27/10.
Perspective from Interstate 95 south
Emerging from the tolled Fort McHenry Tunnel at Locus Point, Interstate 95 advances west along a viaduct to I-395 north at Exit 53. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Flyovers at the directional T interchange with I-395 north pass above waters of the Patapsco River Middle Branch and ramps joining I-95 with MD 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) south to Cherry Hill and BWI Airport. and Photo taken 08/04/13.
Interstate 95 maintains three lanes southbound through the exchange (Exit 53) with I-395 north to Downtown and MD 295 (B/W Parkway) south to Washington, DC. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Flyovers for Interstate 395 converge east of the Gwynns Falls outflow into the Patapso River. The elevated freeway separates with the western branch to MLK Boulevard a quarter mile from there at the Sharp-Leadenhall neighborhood and Stadium Area. Photo taken 08/04/13.
Historic perspective from Interstate 95 south
Button copy signs dating from the 1982 completion of the full-Y interchange with Interstate 395 north at Exit 53. These were replaced by 1999. Photo taken 07/97.
Exit 52 parts ways with I-95 south along a lengthy flyover west to Baltimore-Washington Parkway south to Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), Linthicum and Jessup. I-95 remains elevated westward to Caton Avenue (Exit 51). Photo taken 10/13/01.
Perspective from Interstate 95 north
Interstate 95 heads one mile east from Washington Boulevard and the Saint Paul neighborhood in Baltimore, where I-70 historically was to connect with the freeway, to Exit 53 with I-395 north. Photo taken 07/06/10.
Exit 52 follows for Russell Street (MD 295) north through the Carroll-Camden Industrial Area. The I-95 viaducts proceed east over Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Gwynns Falls to the directional T interchange (Exit 53) with Interstate 395. Photo taken 07/06/10.
A two lane flyover leads motorists north along I-395 to the Inner Harbor, Downtown and the Stadium Area. The tolled Fort McHenry Tunnel lies 2.25 miles ahead along Interstate 95 northbound. Photo taken 07/06/10.

Page updated February 20, 2019.