Interstate 395 (Maryland)


Interstate 395 (Maryland)

Infobox road
route=395
state=MD
type=I
alternate_name=Cal Ripken Way


length_mi=1.33
length_round=2
length_ref=
year_established=1969
direction_a=North
terminus_a=South Howard Street & West Conway Street in Downtown Baltimore
junction=Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near M&T Bank Stadium
direction_b=South
terminus_b=
Infobox road
route=395
state=MD
type=I
alternate_name=Interstate 395A (western branch)


length_mi=0.65
length_round=2
length_ref=
year_established=1969
direction_a=North
terminus_a=
junction= in Baltimore
direction_b=South
terminus_b= Interstate 395 in Baltimore
previous_type=MD
previous_route=394
next_type=MD
next_route=396
Interstate 395 (abbreviated I-395) is a 2-mile-long spur from Interstate 95 that travels from Interstate 95 to downtown Baltimore. The Eastern Branch is deciated to Cal Ripken, Jr. and is known by Cal Ripken Way. It ends near Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and is by some definitions the shortest three-digit Interstate in the country. It is notable for a 3-Y (3-way stack) interchange with I-95 that is entirely elevated above the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River; in fact, the entire road is a skyway into downtown.

Route description

The route begins at a high-speed directional interchange with I-95 over the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River. It continues due north for a short distance and then divides into two separate branches. The eastern branch continues straight ahead and descends to ground level to terminate at Howard St. and Conway St. This segment is signed as the mainline I-395. The western branch passes over the eastern branch and runs northwest, interchanging with Russell St. before descending to ground level and meeting the at-grade portion of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at Washington Blvd. Originally, the Federal Highway Administration recorded I-395's length at 0.72 miles, from I-95 Exit 53 to the I-395 split. Later, the FHWA lengthened I-395 to 1.33 miles, to include the eastern branch to Conway St. and Howard St. in downtown Baltimore. However, the length of I-395 has been extended again to 1.98 miles and now includes the limited-access portion of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., as far as Washington Blvd. [http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/reports/routefinder/table2.htm Auxiliary Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways (Oct 31, 2002)] ]

History

In 1969, the Design Concept Team, a multi-discipline group assembled in 1966 by the city government to help design freeway routings that would not disrupt the city's fabric, published the "Baltimore 3-A Interstate and Boulevard System". In the 3-A system, I-395 was planned as a freeway spur from I-95 to the south edge of the central business district, connecting to a new route named City Boulevard (now known as Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard). As routed in the 3-A System, I-95 would act as a bypass of the central business district, with I-395 providing direct access.Kozel, Scott. [http://www.roadstothefuture.com/Balt_Early_Expwy_Plan.html "Roads to the Future:" Baltimore Early Expressway Planning] URL accessed 17:55, 5 February 2007.] On May 30, 2008, the Eastern Branch was officially dedicated for Cal Ripken, Jr., the Hall of Fame baseball player who played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1981 to 2001 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. The Eastern Branch is now called Cal Ripken Way from I-95 to Conway Street. [ [http://www.kurumi.com/roads/3di/i395.html#395md Kurumi - I-395 Maryland] ]

Exit list

The whole route is in Baltimore City both eastern and western branch.

Eastern branch

Western branch

References

External links

* [http://www.mdroads.com/routes/is395.html I-395 @ MDRoads.com]
* [http://www.roadstothefuture.com/Balt_Harbor_Interstate_Map.html "Roads to the Future:" Baltimore Harbor Interstate System Map]


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