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U.S. 50 Highway West & 301 South - Queenstown to Bowie

U.S. 50 West & U.S. 301 South
U.S. 50 & 301 merge together as a six-lane freeway from Queenstown west to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Several interchanges line the islands of western Queen Annes County on the nine mile drive to the Bay Bridge. The first off-ramp serves Nesbit Road at Exit 45B. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Westbound at the modified-diamond interchange with Nesbit Road. A short off-ramp joins with the adjacent Winchester Creek Road ahead of its intersection with Nesbit Road. Winchester Road follows the frontage of U.S. 50 & 301 from Blackbeard Road west to VFW Avenue. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Traffic from U.S. 301 southbound that missed the turn onto Maryland 18 south for U.S. 50 east is directed to U-turn at Exit 45B. Drivers should turn west onto Winchester Road, south onto Nesbit Road, and back east onto the U.S. 50 & 301 freeway. Use Nesbit Road south to Maryland 18 (Old Stevensville Queenstown Road) east for Bennett Point Road south to Bryantown. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Drivers merging onto U.S. 50 & 301 west from Exit 45B form the exit only lane for Exit 45A to Hissey Road. A short off-ramp departs ahead into the intersection of Winchester and Hissey Roads. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Westbound at the right-hand turn for Exit 45A and Hissey Road. Hissey Road stems north from Winchester Creek and Hissey Roads to the Chester River front. Winchester Creek Road continues west from Hissey Road to Exit 44B. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Again merging traffic composes the exit-only lane for the following exit. Exit 44B serves adjacent Winchester Creek Road and nearby Winchester Avenue. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 south at the Exit 44B turn-off onto Winchester Creek Road. Winchester Creek Road ends nearby at VFW Avenue. Photo taken 01/02/08.

Nearing the Exit 44A diamond interchange with VFW Avenue on U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 south. VFW Avenue travels north-south between Maryland 18 (Main Street) & Station Lane to Chester River Beach Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Exit 44A leaves U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 south for VFW Avenue. Use VFW Avenue south to Maryland 18 (Main Street) east for the community of Grasonville. Chester River Beach Road ventures south from the Chester River to VFW Avenue and Exit 43B of U.S. 50 east & U.S. 301 north before ending at Maryland 18. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Continuing west on the U.S. 50 & 301 freeway to Exit 43A (Jackson Creek Road). A frontage road follows the westbound direction of the freeway between Chester River Beach Road and Long Point Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Westbound at the Exit 43A ramp departure onto the adjacent Saddler Road at Jackson Creek Road. Jackson Creek Road stems north from the interchange to the Chester River. Long Point Road continues Saddler Road northwest to the river as well. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 northbound shield assembly posted after the Exit 43A on-ramp from Saddler Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The U.S. 50 & 301 freeway near the Kent Narrows, a waterway that separates Kent Island from the rest of Queen Annes County. Exit 42 ahead serves Kent Narrows Road, a frontage road linking the freeway with Kent Narrow Way and Maryland 18 (Main Street). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Traffic to Exit 42 departs U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 south onto the adjacent Kent Narrows Road westbound. Kent Narrow Way links Kent Narrows Road with Maryland 18 (Main Street) to the south of the freeway. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 50 & 301 elevates to cross the Kent Narrows onto Kent Island just ahead of the Exit 41 folded-diamond interchange with Piney Narrows Road and Maryland 18 (Main Street). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Exit 41 loops onto Piney Narrows Road eastbound. Pine Narrows Road and Maryland 18 (Main Street) are joined by an under crossing near the Kent Narrows. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Traffic interests to Baltimore-Washington International Airport are advised to remain on U.S. 50 west to Interstate 97 north. Interstate 97 travels north from U.S. 50 & 301 to Baltimore from Exit 20. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Piney Creek Road forms a westbound side frontage road near the community of Chester on Kent Island. The nearby road ventures west from Exit 40A to Main Street near Castle Marina Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Exit 39B also joins U.S. 50 & 301 with Piney Creek Road via Chester Station Lane. Traffic interests to Cox Neck Road, Maryland 552 (Dominion Road), and Chester in general should use either Exit 39B or 39A. Maryland 552 comprises a 2.20 mile spur from Maryland 18 (Main Street) south to Dominion at Little Creek Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Reassurance shield assembly for U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 north posted next to Piney Creek Road and Macum Creek. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 south at the sharp off-ramp onto Chester Station Lane north. Piney Creek Road meets Main Street just west of Chester Station Lane. Traffic bound for Chester should use Main Street east to Postal Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The final four exits of U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 southbound on Kent Island serve the community of Stevensville. In the background is the Main Street overpass between Castle Marina Road and Postal Road.
Note the "Bay Bridge Bound?" signage advising motorists to remain on simply U.S. 50 to cross the bay. This is the second pair of these signs heading westbound. Photo taken 01/02/08.
A diamond interchange facilitates the movements between U.S. 50 & 301 and Castle Marina Road at Exit 39A. Castle Marina Road travels south from Benton Road to junction Maryland 18 (Postal Road) at Cox Neck Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Mileage sign listing the distance to Annapolis, Baltimore (via Interstate 97), and Washington (via U.S. 50 west beyond U.S. 301). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Upcoming exits sign featuring the final three Kent Island interchanges: Duke Street (Exit 38A), Maryland 8 (Exit 37), and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge approach. Traffic merges onto U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 south from Shopping Center Road to the right. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Westbound at the Exit 38A turn-off onto Duke Street northbound in Stevensville. Duke Street links the freeway with Maryland 18 (Main Street) and Island Drive. Use Maryland 18 west from Duke Street for Love Point Road and State Street. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Exit 37 represents the final departure point for U.S. 50 & 301 travelers before the freeway ascends onto the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Maryland 8 (Romancoke Road / Business Parkway) interchanges with U.S. 50 & 301 near the Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville. The north-south route journeys 8.37 miles south from Maryland 18 (Main Street) to Romancoke. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 south at the Exit 37 diamond interchange with Maryland 8. Maryland 8 follows Romancoke Road south two miles to Matapeake, three miles to Norman, and six miles to Mattapex. Business Parkway carries the state highway north to its end at junction Maryland 18 (Main Street); Maryland 18 turns north from Maryland 8 and follows Love Point Road four miles to its end at Love Point. Photo taken 01/02/08.
A system of lane control signals lines the approach and both spans of the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge. These signals indicate which lanes are open to traffic and those closed due to construction, an accident, or reverse traffic flow. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Motorists from Maryland 8 (Romancoke Road / Business Parkway) merge onto U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 south at the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge proclamation sign. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Depending on traffic conditions, the Maryland Transportation Authority can adjust the two spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge so that the westbound three lane bridge carries two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane to compensate for traffic demands associated with beach bound traffic and other periods of congestion. The eastbound span only carries two lanes overall. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Motorists needing assistance to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge can seek an escort by pulling over in the designated area and letting the Maryland Transportation Authority know of their needs. A similar service is available for crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge as well. Photo taken 09/25/04.
These U.S. 50 & 301 shields greet westbound traffic as the freeway prepares to cross over the Chesapeake Bay. A travelers advisory overhead lies in the distance. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The 4.3-mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge (William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge) is not tolled in the westbound direction. Operated by the Maryland Transportation Authority, the westbound direction crosses the 1973 span, which was constructed with three lanes rather than two lanes. On certain occasions, traffic from eastbound is routed onto this span in order to account for weekend travel and emergency conditions. A crossover visible at the westbound entrance to the bridge accommodates the two-way traffic flow for the three-lane westbound span. Photos taken 01/02/08.
The eastbound span opened to traffic on July 30, 1952 at a cost of $45 million.1 Photo taken 01/02/08.
Passing under the superstructure of the arched portion of the westbound bridge. The respective bridge clearances above the bay are 186 feet for the eastbound bridge and 200 feet for the westbound span. Photos taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 south enter Anne Arundel County midway between the through truss spans and suspension bridge towers. Photos taken 01/02/08.
Traveling under the two towers of the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge on the 1973-opened span. The eastbound tower rises 354 feet above water, the westbound reaches even higher at 379 feet.1 Photos taken 01/02/08.
Lowering toward Sandy Point in Anne Arundel County along U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 south. The westbound span opened to traffic on June 28, 1973 at a cost of $148 million.1 Photos taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 north kink northwest on the final approach to Sandy Point. A truck weigh station lies opposite the eastbound toll plaza for westbound commercial vehicles. Photos taken 01/02/08.
Exit 32 represents the first Anne Arundel County interchange, joining U.S. 50 & 301 with Oceanic Drive at Sandy Point State Park. Departing first is the aforementioned truck weigh station. The ramp also provides access to the MDTA Administration building. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Exit 24 loops to Oceanic Drive within Sandy Point State Park. Oceanic Drive connects with Skidmore Drive and East College Parkway, frontage roads for U.S. 50 & 301 leading west to Maryland 179 (Exit 29).
U.S. 50-301 assume Interstate standards from here until the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Route 295) and widens to six overall lanes. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Exit 32 includes a collector/distributor roadway for ramps with Oceanic Drive and East College Parkway. East College Parkway and Whitehall Road were referenced at Exit 32 until 2008 sign replacements. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The next exit along westbound is Exit 29, Junction Maryland 179 (St. Margarets Road) southwest to Maryland 648 (Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard), and Cape St. Claire Road north to College Parkway. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Exit 29 provides access to Busch's Frontage Road west, Whitehall Road east, and East College Parkway, all a part of the U.S. 50 & 301 frontage road system. Photo taken 09/25/04.
A partial-cloverleaf interchange connects U.S. 50 & 301 with Maryland 179 (St. Margarets Road) west and Cape St. Claire Road north. College Parkway continues westward from Cape St. Claire Road nearby to Anne Arundel Community College at Maryland 2 (Governor Ritchie Highway). Maryland 179 ends in 3.16 miles at Maryland 648. Photo taken 01/02/08.
One mile west of Maryland 179 is the Exit 28 partial-cloverleaf interchange with Bay Dale Drive. Bay Dale Drive carries travelers north to College Parkway for the communities of Bayberry, Belvedere Heights, and Mago Vista Beach. Photo taken 01/02/08.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the exits for two highways that head north to Baltimore: Maryland 2 (Governor Ritchie Highway) and Interstate 97. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Exit 28 with Bay Dale Drive serves traffic interests onto nearby Old Mill Bottom Road. Old Mill Bottom Road exists in two segments near the U.S. 50 & 301 freeway. The northern segment travels east-west between Shot Town and Bretton View Roads. The southern segment links Fergusen Road with Maryland 179 at St. Margarets. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Bay Dale Drive travels north-south between Fergusen Road and College Parkway. Fergusen Road joins U.S. 50 & 301 with Maryland 179 (St. Margarets Road) via Old Mill Bottom Road. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Westbound at the Exit 28 off-ramp to Bay Dale Drive. The next three interchanges serve the capital city of Annapolis. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Approaching the Exit 27 directional-cloverleaf interchange with Maryland 2 north and Maryland 450 south. Collectively these two routes constitute the Governor Ritchie Highway north from the US Naval Academy Bridge / Annapolis to the city of Baltimore. Photo taken 01/02/08.
This unusual trailblazer sign (since removed) indicated that Exit 27B / Maryland 2 north also connects to Maryland 648 (Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard). Several old sections of Maryland 2 are now designated Maryland 648. Photo taken 06/02/03.
Exit 27B leaves U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 south for Maryland 2 (Governor Ritchie Highway) north to Arnold, Severna Park and Glen Burnie. Maryland 2 south merges with the freeway through to Exit 23A. Photo taken 01/02/08.
A flyover ramp from Maryland 2 south to U.S. 50 & 301 east passes above the loop ramp onto Maryland 450 (Governor Ritchie Highway) south below. Maryland 450 represents the original alignment of U.S. 50 through Annapolis. The state route loops southward to the State House and downtown and westward to Parole and Exit 23B. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge carries U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301-Maryland 2 south across the Severn River between Winchester and Weems Creek. Meeting the freeway next is Maryland 70 (Roscoe C. Rowe Boulevard) at Exits 24B/A. The partial-cloverleaf interchange represents the east end of unsigned Interstate 595. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 70 heads south via Rowe Boulevard to the Maryland State House, while Interstate 595 becomes the hidden designation for U.S. 50-301 between Exit 24 and Exit 7, Junction Interstate 95-495 (Capital Beltway). Photo taken 09/25/04.
Exit 24A onto Maryland 70 (Rowe Boulevard) southbound serves the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the Maryland State Capital, and the Annapolis Historic District and Visitors Center. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 70 (Rowe Boulevard) ends and becomes Bestgate Road just north of Exit 24B. Bestgate Road leads west to Bestgate and the Annapolis Mall at junction Maryland 178 (Generals Highway). Photo taken 01/02/08.
West Interstate 595 begins as U.S. 50-301 reaches Exit 24, Junction Maryland 70 (Roscoe Rowe Boulevard) south. Maryland 70 is a short route traveling just 2.32 miles between U.S. 50 & 301 and Maryland 450 at Church Circle. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Interstate 595 & U.S. 50 West-U.S. 301 South
Maryland 2 shares pavement with the U.S. 50 & 301 freeway between Exits 27 and 23A. Although vastly unsigned, the overlap replaces the original Annapolis routing of Maryland 2 along Maryland 450. The state highway departs the freeway at Exit 23A near the Annapolis Mall at Loretta Heights. Exit 23A splits into ramps for Maryland 2 south and Jennifer Road at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Jennifer Road links Admiral Drive with Maryland 450 (West Street). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Construction reconfigured Exit 23A when Medical Parkway was extended south from Jennifer Road to Maryland 2 (Solomons Island Road). Additionally all guide signs for Maryland 2 south were replaced and no longer reflect Maryland 450 and display Prince Frederick in lieu of Edgewater. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Westbound U.S. 50-Interstate 595 & southbound U.S. 301-Maryland 2 approach Exit 23A. Maryland 2 departs the freeway via Solomons Island Road south toward Calvert County and Solomons Island. A new ramp joins parallel Jennifer Road at Pavilion Parkway; this movement was originally accomplished via a ramp at Medical Parkway. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 450 heads east along old U.S. 50 (local route) to Parole and Annapolis via West Street. A direct ramp (Exit 23B) links the freeway with West Street, but Maryland 2 also intersects the east-west route nearby. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Two lanes depart Interstate 595-U.S. 50 west & U.S. 301 south for Maryland 2 (Solomons Island Road) south and Jennifer Road. Maryland 2 is a very long route that roughly parallels the west shore of the Chesapeake Bay between Baltimore and Solomons Island. Between Annapolis and Baltimore, Maryland 2 is a very busy road, but much of the through traffic has since been redirected onto Interstate 97 (which generally follows the old Maryland 3 corridor). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Jennifer Road travels west from Admiral Drive to Anne Arundel Medical Park and the Annapolis Mall, ending at Maryland 450 (West Street) opposite Exit 23B. Photo taken 09/25/04.
A folded-cloverleaf interchange follows between Interstate 595 & U.S. 50-301 and Maryland 450 (Exit 23B). Maryland 450 exits Parole onto Defense Highway west to Lusby Crossroads. Interstate 97 begins in one mile as well via Exit 21. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 178 (Generals Highway) begins from Maryland 450 (Defense Highway) and leads northwest to Crownsville and Dorrs Corner. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Maryland 450 follows the original route of U.S. 50 between the District of Columbia and Annapolis via Defense Highway between U.S. 50-301 and Maryland 3 (Anne Arundel-Prince George's County Line) and via Annapolis Road in Prince George's County. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Former overheads on this sign bridge addressed Interstate 97 (Exit 21), which heads northwest to meet Maryland 32 at Exit 7. The Howard County seat of Columbia is accessible from Interstate 97 north to either Maryland 32 or 100 west. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Exit 23B loops to the intersection of Maryland 450 (West Street) and Jennifer Road. Maryland 450 was designated in the 1950s when U.S. 50 shifted to its freewa alignment. The state route stretches 30.42 miles from U.S. 1 Alternate to Exit 27 of U.S. 50 & 301. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Westbound U.S. 50 and southbound U.S. 301 reach Exit 21, Junction Interstate 97 north to Baltimore. The next exit along westbound is Exit 22, Junction Maryland 665. The reason why Exit 21 occurs prior to Exit 22 is because traffic for Interstate 97 is separated onto collector distributor lanes until after passing Exit 22 / Maryland 665. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The two right lanes become exit only for northbound Interstate 97. The main lanes for U.S. 50-301 (and secret Interstate 595) continue west toward Washington, D.C. Photo taken 01/02/08.
A loop ramp carries drivers from Interstate 595 & U.S. 50-301 west back onto Maryland 665 (Aris T. Allen Boulevard) south toward south Annapolis. Maryland 665 constitutes a 2.68-mile route entailing a freeway between Exit 22 and Maryland 2 (Solomons Island Road) and an arterial east to Bywater Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Once on the Exit 21 collector-distributor lanes for the transition from U.S. 50-301 west to Interstate 97 north, the lanes pass the Maryland 665 (Exit 22) interchange. Afterward, the right lanes are signed for Interstate 97, while the left lane returns traffic back to U.S. 50-301 west. Photo taken 06/25/10.
The collector-distributor lane splits when the left lane returns back to the U.S. 50 & 301 mainline, while Interstate 97 exits right. Northbound travelers reach Maryland 32 (Patuxent Freeway) west in seven miles. Photo taken 06/25/10.
Interstate 595 & U.S. 50 west-U.S. 301 south continue seven miles to their split at Bowie. The six lane freeway spans the South River in the second scene. Photos taken 01/02/08.
Interstate 595 & U.S. 50 eastbound & U.S. 301 southbound travel five miles from the southern terminus of Interstate 97 to junction Maryland 424 (Davidsonville Road) at Exit 16. Davidsonville Road carries the state route north-south between Maryland 214 (Central Avenue) and Maryland 3 (Crain Highway) at Crofton. Photo taken 01/02/08.
One half mile east of the folded-cloverleaf interchange with Maryland 424 (Davidsonville Road) on Interstate 595 & U.S. 50-301 west. Maryland 424 travels 8.24 miles between Davidsonville (Junction Maryland 214) and Crofton. Trucks over 13 tons are prohibited along the route north of U.S. 50 & 301 and must use Maryland 3 instead. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Westbound at the ramp departure of Exit 16 to Maryland 424 (Davidsonville Road). Use Maryland 424 south to Birdsboro Road as an alternate route to Maryland 2 (Solomons Island Road) south for Mt. Zion and Calvert County. Photo taken 01/02/08. Second photo taken 09/25/04.
Reassurance shield assembly for U.S. 50 west & 301 south posted after the Maryland 424 on-ramp. The freeway passes by the U.S. Air Force Transmitter Station to the south. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Downtown Washington is a 20-mile drive via U.S. 50 westbound. Richmond is signed for the U.S. 301 southbound departure from the John Hanson Highway. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301 departs Interstate 595 & U.S. 50 (John Hanson Highway) west at a directional-cloverleaf interchange with the Robert Crain Highway. Maryland 3 begins at the transition and follows the Crain Highway north to Interstate 97 and Maryland 32 (Patuxent Freeway). Photo taken 01/02/08.
West of the Patuxent River, drivers enter Prince George's County on the approach to Exit 13 (U.S. 301 south / Maryland 3 north). U.S. 301 follows the South Crain Highway from Bowie to Upper Marlboro, Waldorf and the Governor Nice Bridge into Virginia. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301 provides an alternate route to Interstate 95 for southbound travelers bound for Richmond, Virginia. Maryland 3 follows the original U.S. 301 northbound path to Baltimore, serving the Crofton area in Anne Arundel County before merging with Interstate 97 at Millersville. Photo taken 01/02/08.
A nearby interchange (Exit 13C) with Maryland 3 connects to Belair Drive east to the Maryland Science and Technology Center and west into Bowie. Interests to Prince George's Stadium (home to the Bowie Baysox baseball team) should use U.S. 301 south to Ballpark Road. The Baysox play in the Double A Eastern League. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Interstate 595 & U.S. 50 split with U.S. 301 south at the Exit 13A/B/C two-lane off-ramp. U.S. 301 heads four miles south to junction Maryland 214 on the south six of Bowie and ten miles to junction Maryland 4 at Upper Marlboro. Maryland 3 reaches Crofton in three miles. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The exit to Maryland 3 (Robert Crain Highway) north partitions with a ramp to Belair Drive while a collector/distributor roadway continues west to U.S. 301 south. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Maryland 197 (Collington Road) interchanges with Interstate 595 & U.S. 50 west at the next Exit. Exit 13A otherwise loops onto U.S. 301 south ahead of Mitchellville. U.S. 301 continues from Maryland southward and roughly parallels to the Interstate 95 corridor to Jacksonville, Florida and then southwestward to Sarasota. Photo taken 01/02/08.


  1. The Maryland Transportation Authority's Web Site for Everything Bay Bridge.
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2003-06-02, 2004-09-25, 2008-01-02, 2010-06-25 by AARoads

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