Summer I-95 Road Trip – Maryland

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I’m at the Springfield Interchange, also called the Mixing Bowl, just outside Washington, DC, a tangle of roads which to me is as bad as an uncrossable bridge, but I’m just going to zoom on through to Maryland, the second of the mid-Atlantic states.

There are 2 uncrossable bridges in Maryland and 1 questionably uncrossable.

The first bridge I encounter is just outside Washington and over the Potomac River and named for the 28th president of the United States.  The Woodrow Wilson Bridge crosses from Virginia into Maryland and I learned it’s a bascule bridge – which I didn’t know meant drawbridge.  I was over it a couple of months ago >>>   I think I could drive over it, but I’m not sure so I’m putting it in a new category –  questionably uncrossable.

The next bridge is in Baltimore and I’ve never been over it but I’ve seen it many times while visiting Fort McHenry.  It’s the Francis Scott Key Bridge, named for the writer of the National Anthem.  This is uncrossable at about 185 feet high.  The picture says it all.

The Francis Scott Key Bridge, Baltimore, MD by Patorjk (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

(This bridge can be easily avoided by taking Route 895 and using the Harbor Tunnel Throughway.  This route also avoids Baltimore City and marries back up to 95 quickly and is the best route regardless of how you feel about the bridge.)

Finally, the second uncrossable bridge is the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge over the Susquehanna River.  I’ve driven over it even alone but it’s been a long time and I wouldn’t want to do it again.  The photo says uncrossable.

The Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge, Port Deposit, MD By Famartin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The next bridge is a biggie.  And if my armchair travels have been accurate, it’s the biggest since Jacksonville, FL.

 

Trip Summary

Maryland  Miles: 109

Total Miles Covered:   1160

Uncrossable Bridges:  3

Fuller Warren Bridge, Jacksonville, FL

Francis Scott Key Bridge, Baltimore, MD

Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge, Port Deposit, MD

Questionably Uncrossable: 1

Woodrow Wilson Bridge, VA-DC-MD

States Traveled:       6

States Remaining:    9

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