Interstate 83

Interstate 83

Infobox road
maint=MDSHA, Baltimore DOT

alternate_name=Baltimore-Harrisburg Expressway Jones Falls Expressway V.F.W. Memorial Highway Capital Beltway
length_ref=cite web|url=|title=Route Log and Finder List - Interstate System: Table 1|publisher=FHWA|accessdate=2008-02-18]
terminus_a=East Fayette & North President Streets and Fallsway in Baltimore, MD
cities=Baltimore, MD York, PA Harrisburg, PA

Interstate 83 (abbreviated I-83) is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. Its southern terminus is in Baltimore, Maryland at the Fayette Street exit; its northern terminus is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at Interstate 81.

Most of the route south of Lemoyne, Pennsylvania is a direct replacement of US 111, a former spur of US 11.

Route description



Jones Falls Expressway

Interstate 83 begins its northern trek at Fayette St. in downtown Baltimore, east of the central business district. Originally planned to continue south of Fayette St. to Interstate 95 north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel, the route was truncated in late 1982 and now ends at Fayette St. The highway south of the intersection turns into President St., a wide boulevard that collects and distributes traffic from and to the local streets in the area.

Starting at Fayette St., I-83 is an elevated four- and six-lane freeway, known locally as the Jones Falls Expressway or JFX, that parallels Maryland Route 25 Falls Road and its namesake river, the Jones Falls, which flows near and (mostly on the southern end) directly beneath the freeway. Both I-83 and MD 25 follow a similar path out of the city centre, passing beneath US 40 Orleans St. with no access and interchanging with Maryland Route 2 and US 1 north of the CBD. Beyond US 1, the JFX is also paralleled by the Baltimore Light Rail system.

After exiting Baltimore, the JFX continues north and eventually reaches Interstate 695, the Baltimore Beltway. I-83 separates from the JFX, which runs beyond the Beltway and terminates at MD 25, and joins I-695 for convert|1.4|mi|km; recent construction work widened the concurrency between the two Interstates to ten lanes. I-83 and I-695 split off at the southern terminus of the Baltimore-Harrisburg Expressway, and I-695 continues its eastward trek towards Towson and Parkville.

Baltimore-Harrisburg Expressway

Auxiliary routes

I-83 has only one spur route: Interstate 283, a connector to Interstate 76 southeast of Harrisburg.

Business routes

York, Pennsylvania business loop

location=York, Pennsylvania

Interstate 83 Business is a short Interstate business loop in York, Pennsylvania. Its northern terminus is at I-83 and Pennsylvania Route 181 north of York. Its southern terminus is at I-83, south of York. The road is known as George Street for much of its length.

I-83 Business is the only business route of I-83 and is currently the only Interstate business route in the entire state of Pennsylvania, although this will change in 2009 when Pennsylvania Route 60 Business in Moon Township, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh becomes signed as I-376 Business [ [ Pennsylvania Highways: PA 51 - 100 ] ] when the current alignment of PA 60 itself becomes an extension of I-376. The route was constructed in 1958 but signed in 1957. I-83 Business goes through downtown York on George Street, the main north-south arterial in the city.


External links

* [ AARoads - I-83 Maryland]
* [ AARoads - I-83 Pennsylvania]
* [ Interstate Guide - I-83]
* [ Maryland Multiplexes - I-83/I-695 Duplex]
* [ Pennsylvania Multiplexes - I-83/US 322 Duplex]


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