Friday, July 25, 2014

Spurs, Bypasses and Beltways: Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Interstate 95 is the main highway running through the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area. Many auxiliary highways branch off I-95. In the Washington area Interstate 495 is the beltway around the city. This highway is 64 miles long and travels through Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Traffic is this area is a nightmare at almost all times of the day. Drivers coming in on Interstate 270 will find taking the western side of the bypass to be the shorter option. Cutting across the eastern side of the Beltway is Interstate 295. This eight mile long highway stretches from Exit 2 of I-495/I-95 to I-695. Beginning at US 50 is Interstate 395 which travels for 13 miles to I-95 in Springfield, Virginia. Joining the Beltway north at Bethesda is Interstate 270 that travels 35 from I-70 at Frederick. This highway also has a spur of two miles by Bethesda. Finally, leaving I-270 and heading east for three miles is Interstate 370 which is located near Gaithersburg.

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The beltway around Baltimore is Interstate 695. This highway of just over 51 miles connects outlying areas such as Carney, Towsen, Pikesville and Catonsville. Connecting Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to I-95 is Interstate 195. This highway is five miles in length and ends near Catonsville. I-95 is linked to the Inner Harbor area by the two miles of Interstate 395. Joining the Baltimore Beltway to MD 140 in Reisterstown is Interstate 795 which is 9 miles long. Finally, at just over 11 miles, Interstate 895 joins I-95 at Elkridge with I-95 in Baltimore.

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