Interstate 95 north - John F. Kennedy Highway
Interstate 95 leaves the city limits of Baltimore and emerges into eastern Baltimore County as traffic from Interstate 895, the Harbor Tunnel Thruway, merges in. Here, I-95 becomes the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway, a name it maintains into the state of Delaware and which opened in 1963. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
I-95 now has a set of median express toll lanes. These lanes were constructed over a period of six lanes and opened for service in January 2014. Speeds are 65 miles per hour on the ETLs and 55 for the regular lanes. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
Exit 64, serving the Interstate 695 Baltimore Beltway, is one and a half miles ahead. This was originally exit 2 of the JFK Highway. The highway opened on November 14, 1963 and was decidated to President John F. Kennedy following his assassination eight days after he cut the ribbon for this segment of I-95. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
An AM radio frequency for ETL information is announced by a sign between the two lanes in the distance. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
Drivers must get no further than the third lane from the left to reach the ramps to the Beltway. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
Variable message signs above each carriageway announce travel times and distances to points ahead. Points listed by these particular signs are often in Harford or Cecil counties. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
Drivers in the far right lane are now effectively forced into access to I-695. I-95 drops to three lanes through the interchange, thus creating a notorious bottleneck, especially during rush hour. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
From here, I-695's outer loop ("WEST") goes toward Towson, and the inner loop ("EAST") toward Essex. Exit 64 used to have an odd setup where the carriageways of both I-95 and I-695 would cross over each other, thus creating brief stretches of left-side driving, with one ramp in each direction on each highway being a left exit. The Towson ramp was the left exit from I-95 north under the old configuration. Substantial construction during 2009 and 2010, in tandem with the ETLs, resulted in a more conventional setup, with the left exits being replaced with flyover ramps, the crossovers removed, and both ramps from all four carriageways now being accessible from the same exit lane. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
Exit 64 branches off here. The ramps to each individual loop of I-695 split shortly thereafter. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
The flyover to the outer loop of the Beltway crosses over I-95 here and subsequently merges with the ramp from southbound I-95. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
The flyover from the inner loop of I-695 crosses I-95 and then merges into the ramp from the outer loop to I-95 north. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
All Beltway traffic is now about to come onto northbound I-95. There is no access to the ETLs from I-695, as they are meant solely for I-95 through traffic from east Baltimore to at least White Marsh. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
An I-95 reassurance shield sits in the distance as the onramp from I-695 disappears. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
The bottleneck now ends as the highway approaches the King Avenue overpass. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
Just a short distance ahead, this blue sign lists some of the services available at the next exit. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
This next exit, numbered 67, serves Maryland Route 43, officially White Marsh Boulevard, and the communities of White Marsh and Middle River, to which it was extended in 2006. This sign exclusively serves to ETLs, which terminate at the exit. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
Regular-lane drivers now get their notice for exit 67, which is a mile ahead. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
Having changed to Highway Gothic on the previous gantry, the font is once again Clearview on this sign. Photo taken 07-12-2016.
Before the interchange, I-95 crosses over Campbell Boulevard, which links Honeygo Boulevard with Maryland Route 7 and serves the busy White Marsh Mall, Avenue and associated retail areas. Photo taken 07-12-2016.