I-95 highlighted in red
|Length||1,915.34 mi (3,082.44 km)|
|Existed||1956 – present|
|South end||US 1 in Miami, FL|
|North end||Route 95 at the Houlton–Woodstock Border Crossing|
|States||Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine|
Interstate 95 (usually called I-95) is an important Interstate highway that runs north to south in the eastern part of the United States. It is about 1,919.74 miles (3,089.52 km) long. Its southern end is at U.S. Route 1 in Miami, Florida and its northern end is at the Canadian border in Maine. It connects many major cities in the eastern half of the United States.
History[change | change source]
Portions of the highway have or used to have tolls. Many parts of I-95 were made up of various toll roads that had already been constructed or planned, particularly in the northeast. Many of these routes still exist today, but some have removed their tolls.
Many notable bridges and tunnels along I-95 were also tolled. The Fuller Warren Bridge, spanning the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, was tolled until the 1980s and was replaced in 2002. The Fort McHenry Tunnel is underneath the harbor of Baltimore, Maryland and was opened in 1985. The George Washington Bridge, opened in 1931, carries I-95, US 1, US 9, and US 46 (latter is officially considered to end at the NY state line) across the Hudson River between New Jersey and Upper Manhattan.
A study that could lead to the imposition of tolls on I-95 in North Carolina is under way as of March 2010.
Improvements[change | change source]
Federal legislation has identified I-95 through Connecticut as High Priority Corridor 65. A long-term multibillion-dollar program to upgrade the entire length of I-95 through Connecticut has been underway since the mid-1990s and is expected to continue through at least 2020. Several miles of the Connecticut Turnpike through Bridgeport were recently widened and brought up to Interstate standards. Work has shifted to reconstructing and widening 12 miles (19 km) of I-95 through New Haven, which includes replacing the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge. Environmental studies for reconstructing and widening 60 miles (97 km) of I-95 from New Haven to the Rhode Island state line are also progressing.
There are plans to expand the 1,054-mile (1,696 km) I-95 corridor from Petersburg, Virginia, to Florida through a U.S. multi-state agreement to study how to improve the corridor through widening and reconstruction, with the goal of reducing congestion and improving overall safety for years to come.
Florida continues to complete widening projects. As of December 2010, I-95 from the South Carolina–Georgia line south to Jacksonville, Florida has been upgraded to six lanes. The section from Jacksonville to the I-4 junction in Daytona Beach was expanded to six lanes in 2005. As of 2009, widening projects continue in Brevard County from the SR 528 junction in Cocoa to Palm Bay, as well as in northern Palm Beach County.
In 2009, state legislators representing Maine's Aroostook County proposed using federal economic stimulus funds to extend I-95 north to Maine's northernmost border community of Fort Kent via Caribou and Presque Isle. The proposed route would parallel New Brunswick's four-lane, limited access Trans-Canada Highway on the U.S. side of the Canada–United States border. Legislators argued that extension of the Interstate would promote economic growth in the region.
Delaware Water Gap[change | change source]
I-95 connects to an unsigned portion of the New Jersey Turnpike via I-295 near Wilmington, DE where drivers can bypass Philadelphia through South Jersey between exits 1 and 6, whereas, I-95, itself, passes through Philadelphia only to end at a notable gap in Lawrence Township, NJ where drivers can reconnect with the New Jersey Turnpike at exit 7A (I-195). A project will fill this gap using the easternmost portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the New Jersey Turnpike north of exit 6. I-95 connects to New York via the George Washington Bridge.
Major intersections[change | change source]
- US 1 in Miami
- Florida's Turnpike in Golden Glades
- I‑4 in Daytona Beach
- I‑10 in Jacksonville
- I‑16 in Savannah
- South Carolina
- I‑26 near Harleyville
- I‑20 in Florence
- North Carolina
- I‑74 near Lumberton
- I‑40 in Benson
- I‑85 in Petersburg
- I‑64 for four miles (6.4 km) in Richmond
- I‑76 in Philadelphia
- Temporary Gap in route
- New Jersey
- N.J. Turnpike in Mansfield Township
- G.S. Parkway in Woodbridge Township
- I‑78 in Newark
- I‑80 in Teaneck
- New York
- I‑87 in Bronx
- Route 8 in Bridgeport
- I‑91 in New Haven
- I‑93 in Canton
- I‑90 in Weston
- I‑93 in Woburn
Cities along the highway[change | change source]
- Portland, Maine
- Augusta, Maine
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Providence, Rhode Island
- New London, Connecticut
- New Haven, Connecticut
- New York, New York
- Trenton, New Jersey
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Wilmington, Delaware
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Washington, DC
- Richmond, Virginia
- Fayetteville, North Carolina
- Florence, South Carolina
- Savannah, Georgia
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Daytona Beach, Florida
- Miami, Florida
References[change | change source]
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- Samuel, Peter (March 30, 2010). "North Carolina tolling I-95 being studied". TOLLROADSnews. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
- Virginia Department of Transportation (February 3, 2009). "Five States and USDOT Partner to Improve Interstate 95 Through Corridor of the Future Program: Development Agreement Aims to Reduce Congestion, Increase Safety and Reliability". Press release. Archived from the original on February 11, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090211041724/http://virginiadot.org/news/statewide/2009/five_states_and_usdot38435.asp.
- "Aroostook Delegation Pushes for I-95 Extension". Bangor Daily News. April 10, 2009. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
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