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.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (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