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Interstate 795 (Maryland)

Interstate 795 (I-795), also known as the Northwest Expressway, is a nine-mile (14 km) freeway linking Baltimore's northwestern suburbs of Pikesville, Owings Mills and Reisterstown, Maryland to the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695). The route bypasses Maryland Route 140 (MD 140, Reisterstown Road), carrying part of MTA Maryland's Baltimore Metro SubwayLink in its median for a four-mile stretch, and provides direct access to the former Owings Mills Mall. It never connects to its parent, I-95, except via I-695.

Interstate 795 marker

Interstate 795
Northwest Expressway
I-795 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-95
Maintained by MDSHA
Length8.99 mi[1] (14.47 km)
Major junctions
South end I-695 in Pikesville
 Owings Mills Boulevard in Owings Mills
North end MD 140 in Reisterstown
Highway system
MD 794MD 795

Route descriptionEdit

View north from near the south end of I-795 at I-695 in Pikesville

I-795 begins in Pikesville at a directional T interchange with I-695 (Baltimore Beltway), which heads south toward Glen Burnie and east toward Towson. I-695 provides access to I-95 in the directions of Washington and Philadelphia to highways into Baltimore. Immediately to the east of the interchange is the Old Court station of MTA Maryland's Baltimore Metro SubwayLink, which passes through the interchange and settles into the median of the six-lane freeway as they cross Gwynns Falls. I-795 parallels and has two crossings of CSX Transportation's Hanover Subdivision as the freeway and transit line head northwest. The subway line ends just north of its and the highway's second crossing of Gwynns Falls at the terminal Owings Mills station.[1][2]

View south at the north end of I-795 at MD 140 in Reisterstown

Immediately to the northwest of the subway terminus is I-795's interchange with Owings Mills Boulevard (unsigned MD 940), which is a partial cloverleaf interchange with flyover ramps from northbound I-795 to southbound Owings Mills Boulevard and from the southbound boulevard to the southbound Interstate. The interchange also features direct ramps with Metro Centre at Owings Mills to and from the direction of Baltimore and direct ramps with the subway station to and from the direction of Reisterstown. I-795 continues northwest as a four-lane freeway. The highway has a partial cloverleaf interchange with Franklin Boulevard before reaching its northern terminus at MD 140 on the edge of Reisterstown. The terminus consists of direct ramps with MD 140 to and from the direction of Westminster and an intersection with MD 140 (Westminster Pike) and MD 795, an unnamed and unsigned connector between the intersection and an intersection with MD 30 and MD 128 on the north side of Reisterstown.[1][2]


The Northwest Expressway was one of the first freeways planned for construction in the state of Maryland. The first four-mile (6 km) section to the Owings Mills exit was completed in 1985; the remaining five miles (8 km) were completed in 1987.

The original plan was for the highway to run into the City of Baltimore along a similar route to that of the Metro SubwayLink. Plans to extend the highway beyond its current configuration have not been sought out by highway officials in Maryland. This alignment would most likely have terminated at the northern terminus of Wabash Avenue (at Patterson Avenue), which parallels the elevated section of the Metro SubwayLink.

Exit listEdit

The entire route is in Baltimore County.

Pikesville0.000.001  I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) – Glen Burnie, TowsonSouthern terminus; I-695 Exit 19; split into exits 1A (Glen Burnie) and 1B (Towson) southbound
Owings Mills3.936.324  Owings Mills Boulevard (MD 940) – Metro
Reisterstown6.5510.547Franklin BoulevardSplit into exits 7A (east) and 7B (west) northbound
8.9914.479A    MD 140 east (Westminster Pike) / MD 30 to MD 128 – HanoverLeft-side exit. Ramps are unsigned MD 795, leading to at-grade, traffic light-controlled intersection with MD 140 (both directions) and MD 30 (southern terminus).
8.9914.479B  MD 140 west (Westminster Pike) – WestminsterMainline of I-795 is signed as right-side exit 9B, but I-795 reassurance markers exist on the ramps. Flyover ramps from northbound I-795 to westbound MD 140 and from eastbound MD 140 to southbound I-795. Northern terminus of I-795 is at the ends of these ramps.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Highway Information Services Division (December 31, 2013). Highway Location Reference. Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  2. ^ a b Google (2012-10-09). "Interstate 795" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2012-10-09.

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