According to ablogtophone, State Route 32 or SR-32, also called Patuxent Freeway, is a state route in the U.S. state of Maryland. The partial highway forms a bypass of the Baltimore metropolitan area and runs from Interstate 97 at Crownsville to Westminster and is 83 kilometers long.
In Crownsville, a suburb of the state capital Annapolis, State Route 32 begins at its interchange with Interstate 97, the highway from Annapolis to Baltimore. State Route 32 then follows a 2×2 lane northwesterly direction past Fort Meade. One passes directly by the headquarters of the NSA, the National Security Agency. This complex has a huge parking lot. One here crosses State Route 295, the parkway from Washington, DC to Baltimore. This area is the separation zone between the two agglomerations. One crosses US 1 and then Interstate 95, the second north-south highway in the area. Then the highway has 2×3 lanes and you cross the Columbia Pike, a semi-highway that forms a third connection between the two cities. Then the road narrows again to 2×2 lanes. State Route 32 is then another highway until Glenelg and then a 2×2 divided highway until it connects to Interstate 70.
North of I-70, State Route 32 has a secondary character, which is a winding single-lane road through wooded areas with distant exurbs from Baltimore. The route heads north through Eldersburg to State Route 97 just south of Westminster.
Construction on the Patuxent Freeway began in 1970. In 1972, a short stretch opened at I-95, as well as a short stretch from Odenton to I-97. After that, construction was halted for more than 10 years. In 1985, the section between Dorsey Run Road and US 29 opened, which was extended a mile or two west from US 29 in 1987. Also in 1987, a section opened between State Route 295 and Dorsey Run Road. In 1996, the westernmost portion of the original Patuxent Freeway opened up to Clarksville. The missing portion of the Patuxent Freeway between Odenton and State Route 295 opened in two phases in 1991 and 1993. The portion around Fort Meade, however, was not a full-fledged freeway, but had intersections. This piece was made grade-separated between 2000 and 2005.
In 2019, the highway section from Clarksville to Dayton was completed by doubling the existing grade-separated super two. This was an extension of the Patuxent Freeway. Subsequently, 10 kilometers of the road further to I-70 is doubled, but this is not completely grade separated. The doubling was formally delivered on August 4, 2022.
The Patuxent Freeway is named after the Patuxent River, a small river that flows between Washington and Baltimore and flows through an estuary into the large Chesapeake Bay. The river only flows through the state of Maryland.
The highway is not very busy, between I-97 and I-95 the intensity increases from 40,000 to 67,000 vehicles. This peaks briefly with 84,000 vehicles at Columbia and then declines again.
Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge
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According to beautyphoon, the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, simply the Wilson Bridge is a girder bridge with a bascule bridge in the United States, located on the border of Virginia and Maryland on the south side of Washington, D.C.
The Wilson Bridge spans the Potomac River on Washington’s south side. The bridge consists of two parallel girder bridges with a total of 12 lanes over 4 lanes. The bridge is 2,053 meters long in total and has a large number of small spans and a bascule bridge that occasionally opens to large ships. The bridge is part of the Washington Beltway, Interstate 95 in Maryland and Interstate 495 in Maryland run over it. The bridge is mostly in the state of Maryland, only the westernmost part is in Virginia, and a small District of Columbia point is at the bascule bridge. Immediately east of the bridge is an interchange with Interstate 295 in Maryland. The Wilson Bridge is one of the few moveable bridges in the Interstate Highway system. The bridge is toll-free.
The first bridge at this location had always been part of the planned I-495 around Washington and was built in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This bridge opened to 2×3 lane traffic on December 28, 1961 and also featured a bascule bridge. This bridge was slightly shorter, with a length of 1,798 meters. The bridge is named after the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson (1856 – 1924). The design capacity was 75,000 vehicles per day, which had increased to almost 200,000 vehicles per day by the end of the 1990s.
The Wilson Bridge became one of the largest bottlenecks in the United States. This was for two reasons, the planned I-95 through Washington, DC was not realized and there was a significant commuter flow between the suburbs in Virginia and Maryland that could not be foreseen at construction. This is because housing in Maryland is significantly cheaper than in northern Virginia, while much employment is located in northern Virginia.
The bridge from 1961 has been replaced in two phases by the current bridge, which is twice as wide. The first new span was built in the early 2000s, south of the old bridge and opened to traffic on June 10, 2006. After that, the existing bridge was demolished and a second identical bridge was built on that site, which was opened on May 15, 2008. In the years since, further modifications to Interstate 95 in Virginia have been made, including the immense Springfield Interchange. Most of the work was completed in 2009, but adjustments to the road network continued for another 3.5 years. The work was fully completed in 2013.
In 2011, 197,500 vehicles crossed the Wilson Bridge every day.