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U.S. Highway 301 South - Maryland's Eastern Shore

U.S. 301 South
U.S. 301 (Middletown Warwick Road) crosses the Delaware state line into Maryland and quickly widens from a two-lane roadway into a four-lane divided highway. Designated the Blue Star Memorial Highway, U.S. 301 provides a through route for traffic interests between Wilmington, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Speed limits along U.S. 301 throughout the Eastern Shore are set at 55 mph, although for a time they were increased to 65 mph. Part of the provision for having the higher speed limit was that speed enforcement was more rigorous as this sign suggested. The reduction along the corridor occurred because some of the at-grade intersections include full movements and limited recovery zones. Photo taken 01/02/08.
At-grade intersections advisory sign posted for the 40-mile drive from the Delaware state line near Warwick to junction U.S. 50 at Queenstown. U.S. 301 exists as a controlled access expressway throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland with several interchanges. There are no traffic lights at any of the at-grade intersections on U.S. 301, only caution flashers and stop signs for the intersecting directions. Private driveways are not permitted either. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Just about every intersection along U.S. 301 features freeway style guide signs. Pictured here is the 0.25-mile sign (and its 0.50-mile replacement) for junction Maryland 299 (Sassafras Road) in southern Cecil County. Maryland 299 originally continued north of U.S. 301 to the village of Warwick and into Delaware as Delaware 299. The highway was truncated to U.S. 301 and Maryland 282 now encompasses the former routing between the state line and Warwick. Sassafras Road between Warwick and Delaware 299 is not assigned a route number. Photo taken 09/25/04. Second photo taken 01/02/08.
A southbound side weigh station resides next to the U.S. 301 intersection with Sassafras Road. Commercial trucks must depart the four-lane highway ahead of the at-grade intersection with Maryland 299 south. Interests to Cecilton may otherwise use Sassafras Road north to Wards Hill Road west for Maryland 282. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 299 southbound shield posted within the median of U.S. 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) for southbound. Maryland 299 travels Sassafras Road 0.75 miles to the hamlet of Sassafras in northern Kent County. Although not in view, a short frontage road (Edgar Price Road) stems northward from Maryland 299 to Levels Road in Delaware. Photo taken 09/25/04.
U.S. 301 southbound reassurance shield posted after the Maryland 299 (Sassafras Road) and Edgar Price Road intersection. Many secondary roads that approach U.S. 301 veer to parallel the US highway to tie into intersecting roads rather than the four-lane highway itself. These adjustments help maintain U.S. 301 as a controlled-access expressway and limit development and intersections.
Note the changes to the landscape to coincide with the addition of the southbound side weigh station between 2004 and 2008. Photo taken 09/25/04. Second photo taken 01/02/08.

Nearing the crossing of the Sassafras River, southbound motorists see a mileage sign posted 47 miles northeast of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The approaching river separates Cecil from Kent Counties. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The one-half mile guide sign for the diamond interchange with Maryland 290 (Galena Sassafras road). Maryland 290 begins nearby at Maryland 299 (Sassafras Road) and crosses underneath U.S. 301. From there the state highway travels four miles west to junction Maryland 213 at the hamlet of Galena. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Southbound U.S. 301 at the diamond interchange with Maryland 290 (Galena Sassafras Road). Maryland 290 arcs southwest to Galena and Chesterville before returning to U.S. 301 between Pondtown and Dudley Corners. The state route constitutes 17.20 miles between Maryland 291 and Maryland 300. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Reassurance marker for U.S. 301 southbound posted near the crossing over Jacobs Creek. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Next in line for southbound motorists is the junction with Maryland 313 (Galena Road). Maryland 313 begins nearby in the community of Galena at the crossroads with Maryland 213 and 290. From there the state route travels two miles southeast to meet U.S. 301. Maryland 313 overall travels 75.72 miles between Galena and Mardela Springs through the Eastern Shore. The state highway continues one mile east of U.S. 301 to Massey and four miles south from there to Millington. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The intersection between U.S. 301 and Maryland 313 (Galena Road) is unusual in that cross traffic is prohibited. Travelers on Maryland 313 must turn onto U.S. 301 and use a U-turn lane to make the connection with the other side. So Maryland 313 southbound drivers must turn onto U.S. 301 south to U.S. 301 north to continue onward along Galena Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301 southbound at the U-turn lane for Maryland 313 southbound travelers. As there are no left-hand turns permitted from Maryland 313 (Galena Road), motorists must also use the turnaround for the opposite directions of U.S. 301. A guide sign posted at the southbound u-turn lane features Wilmington as the northbound control city for U.S. 301. Photo taken 09/25/04.
The second interchange of U.S. 301 within Kent County serves Maryland 291 (River Road) near the Queen Annes County line. An interchange facilitates the movements between the two highways two miles west of Millington and four miles east of Chesterville. Maryland 291 travels 18.57 miles east from Maryland 213 in Chestertown to the Delaware state line where the highway transitions into Delaware 6. Photo taken 01/02/08.
A folded diamond interchange facilitates the movements between U.S. 301 and Maryland 291 (River Road) due to the proximity to the Chester River. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301 crosses into Queen Annes County and intersects Maryland 544 (McGinnes Road) two miles south of junction Maryland 291. Maryland 544 links the US highway with nearby Maryland 313 (Millington Road) and the settlement of Unicorn.
Note the sign changes between 2004 and 2008 that eliminated the custom-fonted Maryland 544 shield. Photo taken 09/25/04. Second photo taken 01/02/08.
A set of flashers cautions motorists of the intersection with Maryland 544 (McGinnes Road) on U.S. 301. Maryland 544 continues west on McGinnes Road two miles to junction Maryland 290 (Dudley Corners Road), four miles to McGinnes, and nine miles to its end at junction Maryland 213 (Church Hill Road). Photo taken 09/25/04.
Changes to the Maryland 544 intersection between 2004 and 2008 eliminate the cross-traffic movement for McGinnes Road. Like the junction with Maryland 313, motorists emanating from the side road must utilize a u-turn lane to make connections across U.S. 301 or for left-hand turns. Photos taken 01/02/08.
This U.S. 301 shield, with the old Maryland custom font, was replaced when the intersection with Maryland 544 was reconfigured. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Maryland 290 (Dudley Corners Road) returns to U.S. 301 in northern Queen Annes County. The state highway enters the county at Crumpton and continues south four miles through Pondtown to junction U.S. 301. A folded-cloverleaf interchange joins the two highways one mile north of Dudley Corners. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Drivers bound for Maryland 290 (Dudley Corners Road) departs U.S. 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) southbound. Maryland 290 ends at Maryland 300 one mile to the south. Maryland 300 travels east from there two miles to Sudlersville and six miles to the Delaware state line and transition into Delaware 300. Photo taken 01/02/08.
A look at U.S. 301 southbound as it leaves the interchange with Maryland 290 (Dudley Corners Road). U.S. 301 meets Maryland 300 (Sudlersville Road) in two miles. Photo taken 01/02/08.
0.25-mile guide sign posted for the intersection with Maryland 300 (Sudlersville Road) on U.S. 301 southbound. Maryland 300 entails 13.55 miles of roadway between the Delaware state line and Maryland 213 (Church Hill Road) at Church Hill. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Changes made to the junction with Maryland 300 again eliminate cross traffic movements. Drivers along Sudlersville Road must now turn onto U.S. 301 to make left-hand turns or to continue along Maryland 300. Photos taken 01/02/08.
Southbound at the intersection with Maryland 300 (Sudlersville Road). Maryland 300 in conjunction with Delaware 300, Delaware 44, and Delaware 8 provides the main connection between the U.S. 301 corridor and the capital city of Dover, Delaware. Delaware 300 otherwise continues northeast from Maryland 300 11 miles to junction U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) at Smyrna, Delaware. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301 remains an at-grade facility on the 20-mile drive between Maryland 300 and the merge with U.S. 50 at Queenstown. An advisory sign remains motorists of the upcoming at-grade intersections along the expressway at the u-turn lane for Maryland 300 eastbound drivers. Photo taken 09/25/04. Second photo taken 01/02/08.
Continuing southward on U.S. 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) to junction Maryland 302 (Barclay Road). Maryland 302 begins at U.S. 301 and ventures 10.21 miles east to the Delaware state line and transition into Delaware 11. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301 south at Maryland 302 (Barclay Road) east. The state highway reaches Barclay in four miles and Templeville in nine miles. Hall Road stems west from U.S. 301 & Maryland 302 to Church Hill. Photo taken 01/02/08.
One mile south of Maryland 302 (Barclay Road) is the junction with Maryland 19 (Roberts Station Road) on U.S. 301. Maryland 19 travels 8.60 miles southeast from Maryland 213 (Church Hill Road) at Church Hill to Maryland 313 (Sudlersville Goldsboro Road) at Ingleside. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301 southbound at Maryland 19 (Roberts Station Road). Maryland 19 meets Maryland 405 (Price Station Road) two miles to the west and Church Hill Road in three miles. The state highway enters Roberts one mile to the east on the four mile drive to Ingleside. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Southbound mileage sign posted after Maryland 19 and two miles north of Price. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is now just 26 miles to the southwest. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 405 (Price Station Road) travels two miles south from Maryland 19 (Roberts Station Road) to meet U.S. 301 at Price. The state highway continues three miles south to Roe and six miles to junction Maryland 304 (Ruthsburg Road) near Bridgetown. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Entering the intersection with Maryland 405 (Price Station Road) on U.S. 301 south. Maryland 405 comprises 8.59 miles of pavement between Maryland 19 and Maryland 305. A tourist information center and rest area lies ahead on the four-mile drive between Maryland 405 and Maryland 305. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The carriageways of U.S. 301 separate and accommodate a rest area and tourist information center at Hayden. Photos taken 01/02/08.
Hayden Clark Road connects U.S. 301 with White Marsh Road west, Granny Branch Road north, Clarks Corner Road east from Hayden. Drivers destined for the welcome center need only turn onto Hayden Clark Road to access the facility between the north and southbound carriageways. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301 southbound next meets Maryland 305 (Hope Road) at the community of Carville. Hope Road stems two miles west from Maryland 405 (Price Station Road) at Roe to Hope where it upgrades to Maryland 305. Maryland 305 continues west along Hope Road two miles to Carville. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Southbound at Carville and junction Maryland 305 (Hope Road). Maryland 305 is a short state highway tallying only 5.08 miles between Hope (the intersection with Hayden and Dean Roads) and Maryland 213 (Church Hill Road) near Centreville. Photo taken 01/02/08.
20 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near the U.S. 301 crossing of the Maryland and Delaware Railroad line. Photo taken 01/02/08.
One mile south of Carville is the junction with Maryland 304 (Ruthsburg Road) on U.S. 301. Maryland 304 travels 15.23 miles through Centreville, Ruthsburg, Bridgetown, and Baltimore Corner. The state highway has a disjointed segment west of Centreville along Corsica Neck Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301 southbound at Maryland 304 (Ruthsburg Road). Maryland 304 ends at the Centreville town line as Water Street and resumes west of town along Corsica Neck Road. The Queen Annes County seat lies three miles to the west. East of U.S. 301, Maryland 305 reaches Ruthsburg in four miles and Bridgetown in nine miles. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Rolling Bridge Road spurs south from Maryland 304 (Ruthsburg Road) across U.S. 301 to Maryland 309 (Starr Road). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 213 (Centreville Road) finally crosses paths with U.S. 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) just six miles east of Queenstown and the merge with U.S. 50. The former U.S. highway meanders 68.25 miles northward from U.S. 50 at Wye Mills to the Pennsylvania state line near Fair Hill. The highway locally serves Centreville and interests to U.S. 50 east for Cambridge and Salisbury. Photo taken 01/02/08.
One half mile east from the partial-cloverleaf interchange with Maryland 213 (Centreville Road) on U.S. 301 south. The interchange between the two highways opened in the early 1990s to replace an at-grade intersection. Maryland 213 travels five miles south from U.S. 301 to its terminus at Maryland 662 in Wye Mills. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Auxiliary sign touting the Maryland 213 connections to U.S. 50 east to Easton and north to the Kent County seat of Chestertown. U.S. 50 travels between U.S. 301 at Queenstown and Ocean City. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Traffic to Maryland 213 (Centreville Road) departs U.S. 301 southbound. Maryland 213 meets Maryland 18 (4H Park Road) two miles to the north before the transition onto Liberty Street in Centreville. Maryland 213 represents the former U.S. 213 corridor between Elkton and Ocean City. The US route saw truncation from Ocean City to Wye Mills in 1948 to coincide with the extension of U.S. 50 east from Annapolis.1 Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 213 guide signs line the U.S. 301 southbound off-ramp. Maryland 213 serves the Eastern Shore communities of Centreville, Church Hill, Chestertown, Kennedyville, Cecilton, and Elkton to the north. The highway represents a four mile cut-off between U.S. 301 and U.S. 50 (Ocean Gateway) for the southern counties of the Eastern Shore, Salisbury, and Ocean City. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Bloomingdale Road begins and leads southward from the next U.S. 301 intersection to U.S. 50 (Ocean Gateway). The rural road bisects several farm fields on the drive southward. Photos taken 01/02/08.
Perlee Road follows and ventures north from U.S. 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) to junction Maryland 18 (4-H Park Road) west of Centreville. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Washington appears as a control city for U.S. 301 south on this mileage sign posted after Perlee Road. Queenstown lies three miles ahead. Photo taken 01/02/08.
John Brown Road meanders across U.S. 301 en route to Maryland 18 (4-H Park Road) from its beginning at Maryland 213 (Centreville Road). Photo taken 01/02/08.
The next in a series of flashers hang above the U.S. 301 intersectio nwith Washington Farm Lane east and Cherry Lane west. Cherry Lane connects the US route with Maryland 18 whild Washington Farm Lane spurs to a handful of residences. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Greenspring Road provides the shortest connection with Maryland 18 (4-H Park Road) west to Main Street in Queenstown from U.S. 301. The rural road ends to the south at U.S. 50 (Ocean Gateway) near Maryland 456 (Del Rhodes Avenue). Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301 passes by Queenstown on the south side of town . Despite nearby development, the road retains controlled access standards. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 456 (Del Rhodes Avenue) meets U.S. 301 next at Queenstown. The state route tallies just 1.22 miles from U.S. 50 to Maryland 18 (Main Street). Photos taken 01/02/08.
Cross traffic is nonexistent on U.S. 301 at Maryland 456 (Del Rhodes Avenue). Motorists using Del Rhodes Avenue instead utilize U.S. 301 and u-turn lanes to make left-hand turning movements or to continue along the state route. Photos taken 01/02/08.
Southbound reassurance shield posted for U.S. 301 after the turn lanes to Maryland 456 (Del Rhodes Avenue). Queenstown lies along Queenstown Creek off Coursey Point on the Chester River. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 18 (Main Street) exits Queenstown and meets U.S. 301 ahead of its merge with U.S. 50. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Drivers taking Maryland 18 south from Queenstown default onto U.S. 301 south to U.S. 50 west. Maryland 18 continues across U.S. 301 however, but cross traffic is not allowed from Main Street itself. Instead motorists from Queenstown destined for the continuation of Maryland 18 must use Maryland 454 to U.S. 301 south and the same left-hand turn lane to access U.S. 301 north for Del Rhodes Avenue east. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 18 (Main Street) continues west from Queenstown to Grasonville parallel to U.S. 50 and 301. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301 upgrades to a full freeway after Maryland 18. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301 joins U.S. 50 west across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge through Annapolis to Bowie. Most users refer to the road simply as U.S. 50 as these signs allude. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 50 (Ocean Gateway) enters U.S. 301 south from the Wye Mills area via a partial "Y" interchange. A junction U.S. 50 shield formally announces the merge to U.S. 301 travelers. Photo taken 01/02/08.



Sources:

  1. Ends of U.S. Highway 50, 50-N, and 50-S, Dale Sanderson.
  2. End of U.S. Highway 301, Dale Sanderson.
Photo Credits:
2004-09-25, 2008-01-02 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. Highway 50
Maryland 213 / Former U.S. 213 & Maryland 280

Page Updated 08-17-2010.

 
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