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U.S. Highway 40 West - Pulaski Highway

U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) travels through the Cecil County seat of Elkton, comprising the main commercial arterial route south of downtown.

U.S. 40 West
Approaching the southern terminus of Maryland 781 (Delancy Road) on U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway). The Pulaski Highway begins at State Road, Delaware and travels into Cecil County just one quarter mile east of Delancy Road. To the north is a large car dealership and several new housing subdivisions. The former corn fields were the site of a 1963 plane crash that resulted in the death of 81 aboard a Pan American Boeing 707. Lightning from the December 8 thunderstorm ignited fuel vapor causing an explosion that sent the plane (Flight 121) down. Photo taken 07/31/04.
A traffic signal was installed at the southern terminus of Maryland 781 (Delancy Road) by 2001. Delancy Road travels one mile south from Maryland 281 (Red Hill Road) to junction U.S. 40. The popular shortcut is now home to several housing developments as many Delawareans move across the state line to seek open space. Photo taken 08/07/05.
Westbound U.S. 40 shield posted after the Pulaski Highway intersection with Delancy Road. Downtown Elkton lies two miles ahead. Photo taken 04/24/04.
Junction shield for Maryland 7 Segment B (Delaware Avenue) posted beyond the U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) westbound intersection with Melbourne Boulevard. Maryland 7 westbound veers northwest from the Pulaski Highway via Delaware Avenue into downtown Elkton. Photo taken 07/31/04.
U.S. 40 west at Maryland 7's westbound beginning (Delaware Avenue). Delaware Avenue carries the state route 1.2 miles to the one-way street couplet of Howard Street (Maryland 7 west) and Main Street (Maryland 7 east). Maryland 281 begins at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Main Street at the east edge of downtown Elkton. Photo taken 04/24/04.
The busiest intersection of U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) within the city of Elkton exists at Maryland 213 (Bridge Street / Augustine Herman Highway). Maryland 213 links Elkton with the rest of the Eastern Shore of Maryland by way of Chesapeake City, Cecil, Galena, and U.S. 301. Northward the state route travels to Maryland 7 (Main Street) and downtown Elkton. Photo taken 07/31/04.
U.S. 40 west at Maryland 213. What once was U.S. 213 became Maryland 213 by 1978. The former U.S. route began in Elkton at U.S. 40 and ended in Ocean City along the Atlantic Coast. The extensions of U.S. 50 and 301 led to the demise of U.S. 213 along with a mandate by AASHTO that all intrastate U.S. routes be decommissioned. Some states such as Maryland adhered to this, others like New Jersey did not and thus U.S. 46, another intrastate U.S. route, remains in place. Nonetheless Maryland 213 remains a vital roadway throughout the Elkton area. Photo taken 07/31/04.

West of Maryland 213 (Bridge Street / Augustine Herman Highway) near the Big Elk Creek crossing and Marina Park. Photo taken 07/31/04.
Junction Maryland 7 shield posted for the U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) westbound intersection with Landing Lane. Landing Lane travels two blocks northward to junction Maryland 7 (Main Street). Maryland 7 concludes officially at the Jeffers Street intersection ahead of the AMTRAK underpass. Photo taken 07/31/04.
Westbound U.S. 40 at Landing Lane to Maryland 7 (Main Street). Landing Lane continues south of the Pulaski Highway to Hollinsworth Park and Old Field Point Road. Maryland 7 follows Main Street between Jeffers Street and Delaware Avenue through older residential areas and the central business district of Elkton. Photo taken 07/31/04.
Just west of the Jeffers Street terminus of Maryland 7 Segment B is the AMTRAK Northeast Corridor underpass of U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway). A guide sign resides in the median of the Pulaski Highway for the forthcoming intersection with the west end of Maryland 279 (Elkton Road) and east end of Maryland 7 Segment C (Old Philadelphia Road). Photo taken 07/31/04.
Maryland 279 (Elkton Road) is the preferred route to Interstate 95 for all Elkton based traffic interests. The state route exists almost wholly as a four-lane facility between Maryland 213 (Bridge Street) and Interstate 95 (Exit 109). Maryland 7 parallels U.S. 40 along Old Philadelphia Road into the heart of North East to the left. Photo taken 07/31/04.
U.S. 40 proceeds west uninterrupted from Maryland 7 and 279 (Elkton Road) to a traffic light at Mechnics Valley Road. Photo taken 08/11/05.
Guide sign for junction Maryland 272 (North East Road) on U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) near the town of North East. Maryland 272 travels 1.5 miles north from the federal route to the Exit 100 interchange of Interstate 95. A half mile drive brings motorists into the Town of North East itself. Photo taken 07/31/04.
Maryland 272 travels northward from the end of Chesapeake Bay at Elk Neck / Turkey Point through North East to U.S. 40 and Interstate 95. From there the state highway continues into the Keystone State via Pennsylvania 272 en route to Nottingham and Lancaster. Photo taken 10/13/04.
U.S. 40 transitions from a suburban landscape back into a rural one as it leaves the confluence with Maryland 272, Mechanics Valley Road, and North East. A State Police Troop resides just west of the signal with North East Road. Photo taken 05/01/04.
A short distance beyond the west end of Maryland 7 Segment C (Old Philadelphia Road) is the eastern conclusion of Maryland 7 Segment B (Principio Furnace Road). Principio Furnace Road sinks southwesterly to Principio Furnace, junction Maryland 327, and downtown Perryville. Photo taken 05/01/04.
U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) at the intersection of Maryland 7 (Principio Furnace Road) and Belvidere Road east of Perryville. Belvidere Road links both routes with Theodore Road east of Woodlawn. Perryville itself lies 2.5 miles to the west. Photo taken 05/01/04.
More undulation awaits for U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) drivers between Maryland 7 (Principio Furnace Road) and the town of Perryville. Photo taken 05/01/04.
A new traffic signal renders this Maryland 222 sign somewhat incorrect as the junction with Perryville Road now is two signals away. U.S. 40 intersects the former U.S. 222 in the Susquehanna River town of Perryville near the beginning of the Hatem Bridge. Maryland 222 travels northward from Maryland 7 (Broad Street) via Aiken Road to its crossing of U.S. 40. Photo taken 05/01/04.
Maryland 222 northbound shield and companion trailblazer for Interstate 95 on U.S. 40 west at Perryville Road. Maryland 222 intersects Maryland 824 and Interstate 95 just north of Perryville. Both Interstate 95 and U.S. 40 cross the Susquehanna River into Harford County to the west. Maryland 222 otherwise continues alongside the river to Port Deposit and Conowingo. Photo taken 05/01/04.
U.S. 40 westbound after Maryland 222 (Aiken Avenue / Perryville Road) at the Hatem Bridge weight station and eastbound toll plaza. All passenger vehicles are levied a $5.00 fee for crossing the span between Havre De Grace and Perryville. Travel across westbound is free. Photo taken 05/01/04.
U.S. 40 follows a concrete highway after the southern terminus of Maryland 222 (historic U.S. 222) as it prepares to cross the Susquehanna River on the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge. Photo taken 06/01/04.
The Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge, opened to traffic in August 1940, is the last vehicular bridge that crosses the Susquehanna River before it empties into Chesapeake Bay. Connecting U.S. 40 between Perryville and Havre de Grace, a toll of $5 is collected in the north eastbound direction. In the direction these photos were taken, there is no toll. This series of photos shows the 1.5-mile long bridge, which has two segments with an island in the middle. For more information, visit the Maryland Transportation Authority web page on the Hatem Bridge. Photo taken 06/01/04. Second photo taken 06/01/04. Third photo taken 06/01/04. Fourth photo taken 05/01/04. Fifth photo taken 05/01/04. Sixth photo taken 06/01/04. photo taken 06/01/04. photo taken 05/01/04. photo taken 05/01/04. photo taken 05/01/04.
Now departing the Hatem Bridge, U.S. 40 enters the town of Havre de Grace and approaches Maryland 155. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Maryland 155 heads west to Susquehanna State Park and the Steppingstone Museum as well as Interstate 95 (Exit 89) and Maryland 22 in Churchville. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Westbound U.S. 40 at Junction Maryland 155 west to Interstate 95 in Havre de Grace. Note the neutered Maryland 155 shield used in this assembly. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Entering the city of Aberdeen, U.S. 40 approaches a partial-cloverleaf interchange with Maryland 22 (Aberdeen Throughway). Photo taken 06/30/10.
Maryland 22 begins as Harford Boulevard on the Aberdeen Proving Ground northward to junction U.S. 40 (Philadelphia Boulevard) and Exit 85 of Interstate 95. The state route tallies 12.91 miles between the Army base and Bel Air. Photo taken 06/30/10.
U.S. 40 westbound crosses northern reaches of Otter Point Creek as a connector (Maryland 24 segment D) joins the Pulaski Highway with Maryland 24 (Emmorton Road) before this shield. Photo taken 06/30/10.
A handful of fast food restaurants and other services line U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) at McComas. Edgewood Road intersects the four-lane highway there from Van Bibber to the north and Edgewood to the south. Maryland 755 follows the road 1.79 miles from U.S. 40 to Edgewood Heights, Edgewood and Aberdeen Proving Ground. Photo taken 06/30/10.
Maryland 755 is one of three state routes to provide access to Aberdeen Proving Ground west of Otter Point Creek. The other two are Maryland 24 (Emmorton Road) and Maryland 152 (Magnolia Road). Photo taken 06/30/10.
U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) enters a commercial strip centered around the intersection with Mohrs Lane. Mohrs Lane connects Pulaski Highway with a mobile home park to the south and Maryland 7 (Philadelphia Road), north of the parallel CSX Railroad line. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Leaving the intersection with Middle River Road, U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) heads one half mile west to a partial trumpet interchange with Maryland 700 (Martin Boulevard). Photo taken 08/27/05.
Maryland 700 constitutes a semi controlled-access arterial east from U.S. 40 to junction Maryland 150 at Middle River and Chesapeake Industrial Park. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Maryland 700 travels 1.97 miles east between U.S. 40 and Maryland 150 (Eastern Boulevard). The arterial bisects Victory Villa and Aero Acres residential area with commercialized frontage. U.S. 40 continues 1.25 miles west to meet the Baltimore Beltway at Rossville. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Westbound U.S. 40 passes over a CSX Railroad line and nears the intersection with Rossville Boulevard. Photo taken 12/28/07.
A mixture of commercial and industrial businesses line U.S. 40 at Rossville. Rossville Boulevard angles southeast through Pulaski Industrial Park to Mace Avenue at Stemmers Run. Northward, the divided highway shadows Interstate 695 toward Fullerton. Photo taken 12/28/07.
The right-hand lane defaults onto Interstate 695 north (outer loop) to Overlea, Towson, and Lutherville. Connections with Interstate 83 lead drivers north to York, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Golden Ring Road provides the link to Interstate 695 south (inner loop) to Essex, Dundalk, and the Francis Scott Key Bridge west. Golden Ring Road doubles as Maryland 588 north to Kenwood Avenue. The state route tallies 1.94 miles between U.S. 40 and the intersection of Kenwood Avenue and Brookwood Drive at Overlea. Photo taken 12/28/07.
More industrialized businesses line U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) on the approach to Rosedale. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Chesaco Avenue arcs southeast from U.S. 40 to Batavia Park and the Chesaco Park community on the Back River. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Northbound Chesaco Avenue ends at parallel Maryland 7 (Philadelphia Road) nearby. Photo taken 12/28/07.
U.S. 40 makes its final approach to the city of Baltimore from Rosedale. Photo taken 12/28/07.
U.S. 40 undulates west by Rosedale Industrial Park to meet Interstate 95 southbound in one mile. Photo taken 12/28/07.
66th Street provides a signalized entry point to the adjacent industrial park opposite the eastbound beginning of Maryland 7 (Philadelphia Road). The westernmost segment of Maryland 7 stretches 22.83 miles east to Aberdeen. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Drivers on Maryland 7 (Philadelphia Road) west merge directly onto U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) ahead of the Baltimore city line. Maryland 7 represents the route of U.S. 40 before the 1935 completion of the Pulaski Highway.1 Photo taken 12/28/07.
U.S. 40 reaches the southbound on-ramp to Interstate 95 beyond the intersection with 62nd Street. A northbound ramp connects with U.S. 40 east as the only other movement between the two roadways. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Interstate 95 travels south to downtown Baltimore and Washington from the city line. Parallel Interstate 895 bypasses the Inner Harbor area, rejoining its parent in Howard County. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Interstate 95 utilizes the tolled Fort McHenry Tunnel across the Patapsco River. All vehicles carrying hazardous materials are prohibited from using the tunnel. Interstate 695 is the through route of choice for that cargo.
A traffic light follows the loop ramp onto I-95 with Frankford Avenue. Frankford Avenue bisects Interstate 95 and Moravia Road north to Cedonia and Gardenville in east Baltimore. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Moravia Road spurs northwest from Interstate 95 to meet Interstate 895 ahead of Herring Park. The road is expressway like between the two freeways and doubles as the connection to Interstate 95 north and Interstate 895 south for westbound motorists of U.S. 40. Photo taken 12/28/07.
The Baltimore Fire Academy occupies the wedge of land between U.S. 40, Moravia Road, and the Moravia Road westbound on-ramp to Pulaski Highway. A pair of signalized intersections follow the Moravia Road overpass on U.S. 40 west. Photo taken 12/28/07.
Traffic lights govern the movements between U.S. 40 west and North Point Road south and U.S. 40 east to a Department of Transportation facility pictured here. Photo taken 12/28/07.
U.S. 40 passes over Interstate 895 (Harbor Tunnel Thruway) and enters a three-quarter cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 40 Truck & Maryland 151 (Erdman Avenue). Sign changes between 2004 and 2007 replaced the hand painted U.S. 40 Truck assembly but neglected to include the missing shield of Maryland 151. 2007-12-28 Photo taken 10/13/04. Second photo taken 12/28/07.
Additional hand painted shields adorned the overheads at the U.S. 40 Truck & Maryland 151 westbound on-ramp to Erdman Avenue until their replacement by 2007. U.S. 40 Truck represents a sparsely signed bypass for U.S. 40 through downtown Baltimore to the north. The truck route follows Maryland 151 along Erdman Avenue west to junction U.S. 1 (Belair Road). Maryland 151 overall comprises 10.80 miles between Belair Road and Sparrows Point. Photo taken 10/13/04. Second photo taken 12/28/07.
A loop ramp carries U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) westbound motorists onto Maryland 151 (Erdman Avenue) eastbound. Maryland 151 crosses over Interstate 895 en route to North Point Boulevard and Edgemere east of the city. U.S. 40 meanwhile continues west into the Orangeville neighborhood of east Baltimore. Photo taken 10/13/04. Second photo taken 12/28/07.



Sources:

  1. MDRoads: Routes 7-11.
Photo Credits:
2004-04-24, 2004-05-01, 2004-06-01, 2004-07-31, 2004-10-13, 2005-08-07, 2005-08-11, 2005-08-27, 2007-12-28, 2010-06-30 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 695 - Baltimore Beltway
Maryland 7
Maryland 43 - Whitemarsh Boulevard
Maryland 213 / Former U.S. 213 & Maryland 280
Maryland 222 / Former U.S. 222
Maryland 272
Maryland 279
Maryland 781

Page Updated 04-06-2011.

 
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