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needleinacamelseye t1_irx4hw6 wrote

Not quite - the original plan was for I-70 to run more-or-less directly on top of the Gwynns Falls through Leakin Park down to meet with I-95 between the Caton Ave and Washington Boulevard exits.

I-170 would have split off I-70 near where Hilton Pkwy meets Edmondson Avenue and run to MLK through West Baltimore. It would have largely served the same purpose as I-395 - getting commuters from downtown to the freeways further out. I-170 got built before the route of I-70 was finalized, and when I-70 got canceled in Baltimore City they got rid of the I-170 name (which actually did appear on signs for a while) and replaced it with US 40.

Here's a link to a map of what it would have looked like. Note the planned extension of I-83 through Fells and Canton to I-95 that also never got built.

Fun fact: the stubs for the on/off ramps from I-95 to the proposed I-70 near the Caton Avenue exit were built and you can see them on Google Maps.

edit: clarity & adding links


markmano33 t1_irzi6jl wrote

Interesting, thanks! Driven past those stubs on 95 many times and always wondered why they’re there.


xNetrunner t1_is3sajb wrote

Glad they didn't make a highway go through fells and canton. Although Boston St might as well be a highway.

Baltimore needs to do more to prevent assholes with loud exhausts, going 70mph in a 30, and having no stop signs or street lights or speed bumps.

I don't care where these people have to be. This is a city full of people.

People should be able to walk places and not hear loud shit flying by them. Simple. If you're in a car you can go the speed limit and stop for pedestrians, it won't kill you. They shouldn't be playing frogger.

Bring speed cameras. Bring crosswalks. Bring speed bumps. Let people bike and walk.