District of Columbia Route 295

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District of Columbia Route 295 marker

District of Columbia Route 295
DC 295 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by DC DOT
Length4.29 mi[1] (6.90 km)
Major junctions
South end I‑295 / I‑695 in Washington
North end MD 201 near Capitol Heights, MD
Highway system

District of Columbia Route 295 (DC 295), also known as the Anacostia Freeway as well as the Kenilworth Avenue Freeway north of East Capitol Street, is a freeway in the District of Columbia, and currently the only signed numbered route in the District that is not an Interstate Highway or U.S. Highway. The south end is at the junction of Interstate 295 (I-295), I-695 and the southern end of the 11th Street Bridges; its north end is at the border with Maryland where it continues as Maryland Route 201 (MD 201) and then the Baltimore–Washington Parkway (unsigned Maryland Route 295).

Route description[edit]

View north along DC 295 approaching Pennsylvania Avenue

DC 295 starts at a split from I-295 and I-695 at the 11th Street Bridges in Anacostia. From there, it continues northeasterly along the Anacostia River to the DC-Maryland border. DC 295, I-295, and the Baltimore–Washington Parkway, while administratively distinct, form one continuous freeway linking the southern portion of the Capital Beltway to Baltimore. Mileposts continue the sequence of I-295 from the split. Frontage roads near the north end are known as Kenilworth Avenue, which is the name of MD 201 after splitting from the main freeway. DC 295 is part of the National Highway System.

The roadway between Benning Road and the District Line was built on the right of way of the former Benning streetcar line, which is why parts of it are narrow with short entrances and exits. Until May 1, 1949, streetcar routes 10 and 12 operated from downtown to Deane Avenue. Route 10 continued to Kenilworth, just inside the District Line. Route 12 turned off and ran to Seat Pleasant. That right of way was later paved and it is now called Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue.

I-295 officially ended on a ramp to the 11th Street Bridge. For years the road between there and the District Line was often referred to as Route 295 even though it bore no such markings. It was not long after parts of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Maryland were numbered MD 295 that Washington numbered their portion as DC 295.


Initial construction of the freeway began in the summer of 1957 and was completed in 1964.[2][3]

Exit list[edit]

Exit numbers were added in 2014 as part of the 11th Street Bridges reconstruction.

District of ColumbiaCity of Washington0.000.001A I‑295 south to I‑95 / I‑495 – Richmond, AlexandriaExit 5B on I-295
1B I‑695 west to I‑395 – DowntownNorthbound movements via I-295 exit 5A
1CMLK Jr. Avenue SE / 11th Street SENorthbound movements via I-295 exit 5C
0.831.34Pennsylvania Avenue east – Andrews AFBSigned as exit 1A northbound
1BPennsylvania Avenue westNo southbound exit
2.233.59East Capitol Street westNo northbound exit
2.594.17River TerraceSouthbound exit only
2.794.49Benning Road west / Foote Street – RFK StadiumLeft exit and entrance northbound; Foote St. not signed northbound
3.305.31Burroughs Avenue / Minnesota Avenue
3.906.28Polk StreetNorthbound exit only
D.C.Maryland lineCity of Washington
Prince George's County line
4.296.90Quarles Street / Eastern AvenueNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
MD 201 north to MD 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) / US 50 / I-95 – BaltimoreContinuation into Maryland
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Highway Planning Network GIS data". FHWA. August 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-09.
  2. ^ Barthelmes, Wes (5 August 1957). "Anacostia Freeway Work Starts Soon". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ "Anacostia Freeway Now Open All the Way". The Washington Post. 8 August 1964.

External links[edit]

Route map:

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