Dec. 29-31 2010

Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge is proving to be yet another bridge that keeps on giving.

Once again, we contrast the frameworks of the bridge's two sides. Actually, each of the two spans incorporates several different types of bridge.

Entering a suspension portion of the westbound span.

Looking out over Annapolis, MD, from the Bay Bridge.

Finally nearing the end of the 4-mile-long Bay Bridge.

Still on the bridge!

US 50/301 continues as a freeway.

This is probably crossing over the Severn River near Annapolis on US 50. The US 50 freeway from here to Washington, DC, was built in 1957 and is now known as John Hanson Highway. Indeedity-doodledy, most of this freeway outside the I-495 loop is the unsigned I-595. It almost became I-68 (in line with the area's penchant for very short 2-digit Interstates) or even part of I-97 - with a small part becoming I-197.

This would probably be looking down the Severn River towards the Baltimore Boulevard bridge.

The US 50 freeway at I-95/495 (the loop around Washington, DC) near Ardmore, MD.

Continuing on US 50 in suburban Maryland, we see signs for Washington Metro, the DC-area subway system. This is the system known for arresting a 12-year-old girl for eating a French fry at a subway station (an outrageous arrest approved by future Chief Justice John Roberts). Washington Metro also does not allow passengers to use station restrooms.

Up ahead is probably the rail overpass near the Maryland neighborhood of Tuxedo.

We think this is just after entering the District of Columbia on the US 50 freeway. As with Maryland and Delaware, this is my first visit to the District since 1986.

After we enter DC, the freeway ends and becomes New York Avenue. This is still US 50, and we also pick up Alt US 1.

Hahaha, it's Sun Myung Moon's Washington Times - the paper that's wrong about everything! The marquee did feature some McCarthyesque drug warrior headline, but it vanished right before I could take the photo.

Continuing on New York Avenue, it's the Washington most folks never see. You think of DC as a government city, but it has residential and commercial areas like other cities. And the city proper is growing again: The District saw a stunning population increase in the 2010 census.

New York Avenue at Montana Avenue.

Looking northeast on Montana. The overpasses are for rail.

This looks like a nice viaduct on New York Avenue.

New York Avenue goes right to the White House, but the executive mansion would be right past where the street winks out of view here.

This is the best view I could get of the Capitol, for DC's road network sweeps us along boulevards and tunnels that lead us out of view of such major landmarks. The road ahead would be a separated-grade stretch of Capitol Street. Capitol Street can be accessed using the at-grade level at right.

A colorful row of homes on New York Avenue at N Street.

New York Avenue at Kirby Street.

South on I-395! This was going to be part of I-95, which was proposed to go through central Washington. But this plan would have decimated viable neighborhoods and was so unpopular that it was scrapped in 1977, and I-95 was moved to the I-495 loop. Up ahead is the first of 2 tunnels on this route. We're about to go under K Street and a large apartment building atop thereon.

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