U.S. 222 in Maryland encompasses a short stretch of roadway between U.S. 1 at Conowingo and the Pennsylvania state line. This was not always the case however as the federal route ended much farther south at Perryville (junction Maryland 7) until 1995. A narrow stretch of Main Street in Port Deposit that carried Maryland 222 prohibited just about all truck traffic and large vehicles from passing through town. Therefore the route was not sufficient enough to support U.S. highway status. U.S. 222 therefore and its companion U.S. 222 Truck bypass to the east were downgraded to Maryland 222.
U.S. 222 Cecil County Average Annual Traffic (AADT)
6,075 - U.S. 1 to Ragan Road (former Maryland 273)
4,075 - Ragan Road (former Maryland 273) to Pennsylvania state line
U.S. 222 North
The first northbound U.S. 222 reassurance shield, posted on Rock Springs Road after its intersection with U.S. 1 (Conowingo Road) and Rowlandsville Road. U.S. 222 travels 1.7 miles north to Oakwood and 3.6 miles to the Pennsylvania state line. Photo taken 07/25/04.
A U.S. 222 Truck shield was posted adjacent to the first U.S. 222 northbound shield for several years. The truck route of Maryland 222 ties into the southern terminus of U.S. 1 as a leftover from the U.S. 222 routing to Perryville. U.S. 222 Truck however would have no need to overlap with its parent and thus the sign was removed. Photo taken 12/15/99.
U.S. 222 South
U.S. 222 southbound draws to a close at junction U.S. 1 at the village of Conowingo. Maryland 222 begins here and overlaps southward with U.S. 1 to Susquehanna River Road at the Conowingo Dam. U.S. 1 northbound travels five miles to the split with Maryland 273 (Rising Sun Road) for Rising Sun, Fair Hill, and Newark, Delaware. Photo taken 07/25/04.
Maryland 222 southbound follows U.S. 1 (Conowingo Road) southbound for one mile. Maryland 222 Truck joins U.S. 1 northbound along Conowingo Road six miles to junction Maryland 276 (Jacob Tome Memorial Highway) outside of Rising Sun. The truck alternate route bypasses the narrow stretch of Maryland 222 through Port Deposit. This stretch was the main reason why U.S. 222 saw truncation in 1995. Photo taken 07/25/04.
State-name trailblazer for Interstate 95 posted at the Rock Springs Road intersection with U.S. 1 (Conowingo Road) and Rowlandsville Road. Rowlandsville Road (former Maryland 338) travels south from U.S. 222 1.3 miles to Moore Road and Susquehanna State Park. Photo taken 07/25/04.
Close-up of the Interstate 95 Maryland trailblazer at U.S. 222's southern terminus. Traffic to Interstate 95 is advised to take the Maryland 222 truck route via U.S. 1 north and Maryland 276 / Maryland 275 south to Exit 93 at Perryville.
This Interstate 95 shield was replaced by 2007. Photo taken 12/15/99.
Scenes Related to U.S. 222
Rowlandsville Road (former Maryland 338) northbound at U.S. 1 (Conowingo Road) & 222 (Rock Springs Road). U.S. 222 travels northward from Cecil County, Maryland to Lancaster, Ephrata, Reading, Kutztown, and ultimately to Allentown, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 07/25/04.
1999-12-15 by AARoads. 2004-07-25 by AARoads.