One of the oddest members of the Interstate Highway System
. To all appearances, this stretch of Maryland
highway, running from the Capital Beltway
east to Annapolis
, is an ordinary interstate highway. This road, also known as the John Hanson
Highway, has the whole Interstate Highway package: Concrete, four lanes or more in both directions, median strip, convoluted interchanges.
The odd thing about it is that few people know it is an Interstate.
Because of public outcry from Annapolitans (and the local press) when US 50
was to have been upgraded to Interstate 68
, the road's improvement plan was radically changed. Well, all the improvements were made, all the trees that were going to be cut down were cut down, and if anything, the interchanges were made more convoluted. However, all of the retaining walls near Annapolis now sport a spiffy brick facing
The final part of the revision was not to call it an "Interstate". You will see US Highway shields sporting a 50. East of Bowie
, you will also see signs indicating that the road is US 301
. And right around Annapolis, you will also see Maryland Highway rectangles with a big "2".
You will not see a blue shield displaying a "595" anywhere along the route.
P.S. My AAA Road Atlas shows it as "Future Interstate 595".