Maryland Roads - MLK, Jr. Blvd., Baltimore
I-395 forks near the Inner Harbor into two roadways of equal importance. The eastern fork to Howard St. is considered I-395 proper, while MLK, Jr. Blvd. is technically not a state highway. Well, it's signed no differently in this direction because there's nowhere to turn before the I-395 merge, and the mile markers count down to the I-95 interchange as if this were the mainline after all.
SB, Washington Blvd. is set up as the best way to MD 295, requiring another few turns on Scott, Ostend, and Russell Streets.
Except right here is a direct exit to Russell St. So what's the idea behind taking people off early? My only guess is that the Alt. route is the one to follow during Ravens games, but that's only 8-10 Sundays out of the year. Click to see the button copy light up at night.
MLK, Jr. Blvd. has quite a few old street signs. These are SB.
More old signs NB, old enough to tell a very intriguing story about US 40. See that blank space on the US 40 West signs? See how it looks like an Interstate shield on the last sign? That's because for a brief period in the 1970s, the aborted US 40 freeway was signed as I-170, until planners realized I-70 had a snowball's chance in Tahiti of getting built. I'd like to think that the I-170 shield had the state name in it.
Old signs continue north from there.
One SB one in the same stretch.
To MD 295
Onto US 40 (former I-170)
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