Maryland Interstate 795
Interstate 795 or I -795 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Maryland. The highway forms the northwest approach road to Baltimore, and runs from the 2×3 lane Interstate 695 beltway to the suburb of Reisterstown, where the road becomes SR-128. The highway is 14 kilometers long. Up to 108,000 vehicles use the highway daily. The first 6 miles to Owings Mills opened in 1985, the remaining 5 miles opened in 1987 to Reisterstown.
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Maryland Interstate 81
Interstate 81 or I -81 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. The highway runs only briefly through the state, about 12 miles from Hagerstown.
I-81 near Hagerstown.
The Appalachian Mountains are being traded for the flatter areas of Maryland near the Potomac River. Interstate 81 in West Virginia crosses the border into Maryland here. Soon you will cross Interstate 70, the highway from Columbus in Ohio to Baltimore. One then passes along the west side of Hagerstown, a regional town of 39,000 inhabitants. Here you also cross the US 40. At Hagerstown airport you cross the border with Pennsylvania, after which Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania continues to Harrisburg.
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I-81 was one of the first Interstate Highways to be built in Maryland, despite the fact that the route is of virtually no importance to the state. Construction began on the Hagerstown bypass in 1956, which opened in 1958 from US 40 to the Pennsylvania border. Beginning in 1959, the bypass was renumbered as I-81. Construction of I-81 to the West Virginia border began in 1962, opening the interchange with I-70 in 1964 and the remaining route to the border in 1966, completing I-81 through Maryland. The highway has hardly changed since opening.
On December 22, 2016, the widening of an 8-kilometer section between US 11 in West Virginia and Williamsport started. This included the replacement of the bridge over the Potomac River. The widening was carried out between 2017 and February 2021.
Due to the high volume of through freight and commuter traffic around Hagerstown, there are plans to upgrade I-81 and widen it to 2×3 lanes. The planning phase started in 2003 and was completed in 2011. In later phases, the part along Hagerstown should be widened to 2×3 lanes.
The highway at Hagerstown has about 75,000 vehicles per day, and is therefore fairly busy.
Maryland Interstate 83
Interstate 83 or I -83 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. The highway forms a north-south route in the northeast of the state, running from downtown Baltimore to the Pennsylvania border at Maryland Line. The route is 56 kilometers long.
I-83 at Baltimore.
I-83 at Towson.
Interstate 83 begins in downtown Baltimore at Fayette Street. The highway immediately has 2×3 lanes here, and runs to the north, past the fairly large center of the city. Farther north, I-83 runs below ground level. The highway maintains 2×3 lanes as it travels through the northern suburbs of the city. Some city parks are located along the highway. After the city boundary one enters the suburb of Towson, which has a population of 52,000. Here one crosses the Interstate 695, Baltimore ‘s ring road. The I-83 is briefly double-numbered with this, and then runs through a few more suburbs to the north. One then enters rural Baltimore. There are no suburbs here, as most of Baltimore’s suburbs are on the south side of the city. The highway then narrows to 2×2 lanes, and at the Maryland Line, the highway crosses the Pennsylvania border. Interstate 83 in Pennsylvania then continues toward Harrisburg.
The oldest part of what is now I-83 predates the creation of the Interstate Highway system, opening about 1950, a eight-mile stretch between Timonium and Glencoe. In 1955, this section was extended a few miles south to the Baltimore Beltway, which would later become I-695. After the creation of the Interstate Highway system in 1956, further sections of the highway began construction, about 1959 the northernmost section opened between Parkton and the Pennsylvania border. By 1960, the route between I-695 and the Pennsylvania state line was completed.
I-83 was the first highway built in the city of Baltimore, the Jones Falls Expressway. The first 5 kilometers opened to traffic on December 15, 1961. The route was then extended north to I-695 during the 1960s. It was planned to extend the highway south to I-95 as well, but this plan was canceled in 1983 due to freeway revolts.
The highway is not very busy, because there are few suburbs north of Baltimore. Near the center 113,000 vehicles drive per day, which barely increases to 121,000 north of the center. For the I-695 this drops again to 97,000 vehicles. The short double numbering with the I-695 is very busy with 228,000 vehicles. North of the ring, this drops to 146,000 vehicles, then from 62,000 vehicles to 42,000 vehicles at the Pennsylvania border.