U.S. 50 East & 301 North - Bowie to Queenstown

Interstate 595-U.S. 50 east & 301 north
The first exit along eastbound in Anne Arundel County is Exit 16, Junction Maryland 424/Davidsonville Road, one mile. Maryland 424 heads north to Crofton and south to Davidsonville. Photo taken 06/02/03.
Maryland 424 begins at Maryland 214/Central Avenue in Davidsonville, then follows Davidsonville Road north past U.S. 50-301 and Staples Corners before culminating at the intersection with Maryland 3 in Conaways near Crofton. Photo taken 06/02/03.
At the interchange with Exit 16, Maryland 424/Davidsonville Road, the pull-through sign omits U.S. 301 and does not have the space allocated for an Interstate 595 shield. This is a newer sign, minted after the original signs left that space. Also note that the Bay Bridge is mentioned as a control city on the overhead sign. Photo taken 06/02/03.
Although there is no visible sprawl or any sign of development to reflect it, the freeway approaches the city of Annapolis, the capital of Maryland. A seaside city, Annapolis is home to the U.S. Naval Academy and features a unique downtown setting featuring a variety of beautiful governmental buildings, parks, and state grounds. Waterways permeate the area, which proved to be a liability during Hurricane Isabel in September 2003. Several areas of picturesque Annapolis were flooded, but the city recovered well. Of the next four interchanges, use the last three (Exits 22/Maryland 665, Exit 23/Maryland 450, and Exit 24/Maryland 70) to reach Annapolis. Photo taken 06/02/03.
The first interchange in the vicinity of Annapolis is the southern terminus of Interstate 97, which heads northwest to Baltimore, with connections to both Maryland 32 and Maryland 100. Interstate 595, the hidden designation of U.S. 50-301, continues east beyond the interchange with Interstate 97 (Exit 21). Photo taken 06/02/03.
Use Exit 22, Maryland 665/Aris T. Allen Boulevard, to reach Maryland 2 south to Prince Frederick. Photo taken 06/02/03.
Interstate 97, built in stages during the 1980s and 1990s, was opened between U.S. 50-301 and Maryland 3 around 1989. Through the 1990s, existing Maryland 3 and the Glen Burnie Bypass were upgraded to Interstate standards, resulting in an express corridor from Annapolis north to Baltimore. Although there has been some consideration to extending Interstate 97 south, perhaps along U.S. 301 toward Richmond (especially as U.S. 301 grows as a result of development near La Plata), no firm plans exist for any southern extension of Interstate 97 at this time. At the northern end, Interstate 97 ends at the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695), with connections to Interstate 895/Harbor Tunnel Thruway via Spur Interstate 895 and to Interstate 95 via Interstate 695. Photo taken 06/02/03.
Eastbound Interstate 595 and U.S. 50 and Northbound U.S. 301 at Exit 21, Junction Interstate 97 north to Baltimore. The next exit along eastbound is Exit 22, Junction Maryland 665/Aris T. Allen Boulevard to Riva Road and Annapolis, one-half mile. Photo taken 06/02/03.
Eastbound U.S. 50 and Northbound U.S. 301 reaches Exit 22, Junction Maryland 665/Aris T. Allen Boulevard to Riva Road. This exit ramp merely transfers local traffic onto a collector-distributor lane that originated from traffic transitioning from Interstate 97 south onto U.S. 50 east. The actual interchange with Exit 22/Maryland 665 is still ahead. Photo taken 06/02/03.
Traffic from Interstate 97 south merges onto the Exit 22 collector/distributor roadway. A similar c/d roadway follows Interstate 595 & U.S. 50-301 west to the northbound beginning of Interstate 97. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Motorists joining the Exit 22 roadway from Interstate 97 are advised of the Maryland 665 (Aris T. Allen Boulevard) connection with Maryland 2 (Solomons Island Road) leading south to Calvert County. Maryland 665 comprises a full freeway between Interstate 595 & U.S. 50-301 to Solomons Island Road. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Maryland 665 (Aris T. Allen Boulevard) goes into the city of Annapolis south of Parole and west of Forest Villa. The state route is just 2.68 miles long from Interstate 595 & U.S. 50-301 to the intersection of Forest Drive and Bywater Road. Photo taken 08/27/05.
The next exit along eastbound is Exit 23, Junction Maryland 450 (Old U.S. 50) to Maryland 178 and Parole, one-half mile. Note the use of the smaller state shield used for Maryland 178/Generals Highway. Maryland 178 parallels Interstate 97, and much of its importance has been transferred to the freeway. Photo taken 06/02/03.
The exit only lane here is the only lane left of the collector-distributor lanes from the Interstate 97 and Maryland 665 interchange complex. U.S. 50-301 (Interstate 595) resumes three through lanes at this point. Note that U.S. 301 is signed "east" here, but at least it is signed (unlike Maryland 2). After Exit 23, Maryland 2 northbound silently yet briefly merges onto the U.S. 50-301 freeway (until Exit 27). Photo taken 08/27/05.
A sharp loop ramp departs Interstate 595-U.S. 50 east & U.S. 301 north for Maryland 450 (West Street) at Loretta Heights. Maryland 178 begins nearby and follows Generals Highway northwest to Crownsville. Maryland 450 otherwise continues east to Parole and downtown Annapolis. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Interstate 595 approaches its eastern terminus as the U.S. 50-301 & Maryland 2 freeway reaches the next exit, which is Exit 24, Junction Maryland 70 (Rowe Boulevard) south to downtown Annapolis and the Maryland State House and Capitol. Since this is the major exit into Annapolis, it makes sense for Interstate 595 to end here. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Spanning Weems Creek on the approach to the Exit 24 partial-cloverleaf interchange with Maryland 70 (Rowe Boulevard). Roscoe C. Rowe Boulevard transitions into Bestgate Road leading west from the freeway to Bestgate and the Annapolis Mall. Maryland 70 only follows Rowe Boulevard south from Bestgate Road to Maryland 450 at Church Circle. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Eastbound U.S. 50 and Northbound U.S. 301 & Maryland 2 reach the Exit 24 off-ramp to Maryland 70 (Rowe Boulevard). Interstate 595 concludes and now beyond Annapolis, the control city on the U.S. 50-301 pull-through sign reads "Bay Bridge." With the exception of the Bay Bridge, which is substandard (limited shoulders and reduced speed limit), U.S. 50-301 remains a freeway adhering to Interstate standards even though Interstate 595 ends. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 50 East & U.S. 301 North
U.S. 50 east & U.S. 301-Maryland 2 north span the Severn River between Weems Creek and Winchester. Exit 27 follows as a directional-cloverleaf interchange with Governor Ritchie Highway. Maryland 2 splits off the freeway and heads north to Baltimore via the Governor Ritchie Highway, while the southbound exit links back to Maryland 450 to the U.S. Naval Academy. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Maryland 2 is a major north-south highway that roughly follows the west shore of Chesapeake Bay between Solomons Island in the south and Baltimore in the north; it briefly merges silently with U.S. 50-301 between Exits 24 and 27. For a time, Maryland 2 may have followed Old U.S. 50 (now Maryland 450) into Annapolis (based on older maps), but its routing has since shifted onto the freeway. Maryland 450, meanwhile, heads south beyond the U.S. Naval Academy, then heads west around downtown Annapolis, then northwest again to meet U.S. 50-301 and Interstate 595 at Exit 23. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Westbound U.S. 50 and Northbound U.S. 301 meet Exit 27, Junction Maryland 2 north and Maryland 450 south (Historic U.S. 50 east). The flyover from Maryland 2 south to U.S. 50 & 301 east creates a stack with the freeway mainline below. Maryland 2 continues north to Arnold, Severna Park and Glen Burnie. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Passing through the stack interchange of Exit 27, U.S. 50 east & U.S. 301 north see a partial-cloverleaf interchange with Bay Dale Drive north and Ferguson Road in one mile. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Bay Dale Drive heads north to College Parkway (which heads northwest to Anne Arundel Community College and Maryland 2 / Ritchie Highway) and south to St. Margarets Road. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Use Exit 28 to reach Old Mill Bottom Road as well as some motorist services. Notably, the blue signs for gas, food, and lodging are not very common along the Interstate 595 portion of U.S. 50. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Exit 28 links U.S. 50 east & U.S. 301 north with Ferguson Road, an eastbound side frontage road, near its intersection with Bay Dale Drive. Ferguson Road to Old Mill Bottom Road connects with Maryland 179 (St. Margarets Road) at St. Margarets. Maryland 179 continues east to meet the freeway at Exit 29. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Maryland 179 leads 3.16 miles eastward from Maryland 648 (Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard) near Naval Station Annapolis to end at Exit 29A of U.S. 50 & 301. Busch's Frontage Road provides access to the state route (St. Margarets Road) from the Exit 29A off-ramp. Photo taken 08/27/05.
A loop ramp follows (Exit 29B) onto Cape St. Claire Road north to East College Parkway west. Cape St. Claire Road links U.S. 50 & 301 with Cape St. Claire Road on the Magothy River. Photo taken 08/27/05.
College Parkway winds westward from Cape St. Claire Road nearby to Anne Arundel Community College at Maryland 2 (Governor Ritchie Highway). East College Parkway lines the north side of U.S. 50 & 301 through to Sandy Point State Park. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Whitehall Road represents an eastbound side frontage road lining U.S. 50 & 301 between Maryland 179 and Skidmore Drive. Exit 30 provides a short connector between the two east-west roads. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Exit 31 consists of a right-hand turn lane into the Whitehall Road intersection with Skidmore Drive. Whitehall Road spurs south to the merge of Whitehall and Meredith Creeks. U.S. 50 east & 301 north meanwhile see the first toll schedule sign for the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge over Chesapeake Bay. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Skidmore Drive continues the Whitehall Road service road to U.S. 50 & 301 to Oceanic Drive and Exit 32. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Beyond Exit 32 is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge toll plaza for U.S. 50 east & U.S. 301 north. Tolls are only charged in the eastbound direction and are $2.50 per passenger vehicle. See the Maryland Transportation Authority toll rates page for the latest toll schedule. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Oceanic Drive links U.S. 50 & 301 with Sandy Point State Park on Chesapeake Bay. The local road also provides access to MDTA facilities parallel to the freeway and Westinghouse Bay. Holly Beach Road stems south from the three-quarter cloverleaf interchange (Exit 32) to Hackett Point as well. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 50 east & 301 north reach the Chesapeake Bay Bridge toll plaza between Westinghouse Bay and Mezick Pond. EZPass holders may pass through the freeway at slow speeds through the left-hand toll lanes. All others most stop to pay tolls at one of the eight other booths to the right and center of the barrier. The toll collection facility may back up considerably during summer weekends with beach-bound travelers. Photos taken 08/27/05.
Now past the toll booth, U.S. 50 and U.S. 301 prepare to cross Chesapeake Bay. There are actually two bridges that cross the bay: the 1952 eastbound bridge, which carries two lanes and the 1973 westbound bridge, which carries three lanes. The lane configurations may be altered for periods of construction, special events (such as the annual Bridge Walk), holiday weekends, and even evacuations. On occasion, the eastbound span may carry one lane for each direction. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Rising along the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge eastbound. Unlike many other suspension bridges, two separate spans carry the two directions of traffic. As we drive eastbound, U.S. 50-301 will cross the older, 1952 span. Prior to the completion of this span, U.S. 301 headed north to end in Baltimore, and U.S. 50 terminated in Annapolis. Ferries used to connect Annapolis with the Delmarva Peninsula. With the completion of the span, U.S. 50 was extended east via former U.S. 213 all the way to Ocean City (this rerouting occurred between 1948 and 1952). By 1973, the remaining northern portion of U.S. 213 (from Queenstown to Elkton) was replaced by U.S. 301 and Maryland 213. Photos taken 08/27/05.
Dual suspension bridges rise above the main shipping channel of Chesapeake Bay. Both bridges travel 4.3 miles with the eastbound span rising 354 feet and westbound rising 379 feet.1 Photos taken 08/27/05.
This suite of photos shows the U.S. 50 east and U.S. 301 north crossing of the Chesapeake Bay over the 1952 span. With only two lanes and no shoulders, this bridge is not Interstate standard and offers no opportunity for pulling off the road in case of a vehicle malfunction, tire blow out, or other problem. For more information on the construction of the bridge, aerial photos, and other information, visit Roads to the Future: Chesapeake Bay Bridge (Scott Kozel). Photos taken 08/27/05.
Lane control signal sign bridges are omnipresent along both bridges of U.S. 50 & 301. During construction, accidents, reverse traffic flow and other events, lanes may be periodically closed or traffic redirected onto the opposite span or split between both spans. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Midway between the two sections of superstructure is the Queen Anne's County line. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Lowering toward Stevensville along the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge. The respective bridge clearances above the bay are 186 feet for the eastbound bridge and 200 feet for the westbound span. The original bridge opened to traffic on July 30, 1952 at a cost of $45 million.1 Photos taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 50 east & U.S. 301 north reach Kent Island. This view looks at the final lane control signals before the freeway returns to a conventional orientation. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Queen Anne's County is a part of Maryland's Eastern Shore. The Eastern Shore differs culturally and geographically from the rest of the state. It is fitting that it also receives its own welcome sign. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Approaching Stevensville, U.S. 50 east & U.S. 301 north expand to six lanes overall and meet Maryland 8 (Romancoke Road south / Business Parkway north) at the Exit 37 diamond interchange. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Maryland 8 constitutes 8.37 miles from Romancoke to the south and nearby Stevensville at junction Maryland 18 (Main Street). Maryland 18 turns north at Maryland 18 to Love Point while Maryland 8 heads south to Normans and Mattapex before concluding. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 50 & 301 merge together as a six-lane freeway from the Bay Bridge east to Queenstown. Several interchanges line the islands of western Queen Annes County on the nine mile drive to the split of U.S. 50 and 301. Photo taken 08/27/05.
A frontage road lines the east side of U.S. 50 & 301 from Maryland 8 (Romancoke Road) east to Thompson Creek Road south. Exit 38A connects with the service road at the southward turn along Thompson Creek. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Eastbound traffic spans Cox Creek on the approach to Exit 39A. Exit 39A comprises a 90 degree ramp to the intersection of Cox Neck Road south and Postal Road east at Chester. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Both Exits 39A and 39B serve the Chester area. Postal Road parallels U.S. 50 & 301 east from Cox Neck Road to become Maryland 18 (Main Street) ahead of Maryland 552 (Dominion Road) south. Maryland 18 crosses the freeway northwest to Castle Marina Road between Exits 39A and 39B. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Exit 39A departs U.S. 50 east & 301 south for Cox Neck Road south and Postal Road east. Cox Neck Road stems south to the Kent Island Research Wildlife Management Area and Turkey Point on Eastern Bay. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Exit 39B forms the southbound beginning of Maryland 552 (Dominion Road). Maryland 552 travels 2.20 miles south from U.S. 50 & 301 to Little Creek Road at Dominion. Photo taken 08/27/05.
South Piney Creek Road, displayed here as simply South Piney Road, leads south from Exit 40A to Maryland 18 (Main Street) east of Chester. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Eastbound at the Exit 40A ramp departure to South Piney Creek Road and Maryland 18. U.S. 50 & 301 approach Kent Narrows and the final Kent Island interchange next. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Pine Narrows Road and Maryland 18 (Main Street) are joined by an under crossing near the Kent Narrows and Exit 41. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Dundee Avenue links Maryland 18 (Main Street) with Exit 40B of U.S. 50 & 301 west of Piney Creek. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 50 east & U.S. 301 north cross Piney Creek and enter a folded-diamond interchange (Exit 41) with Maryland 18 (Main Street) and Piney Narrows Road. Maryland 18 travels east along side the freeway across Kent Island Narrows via a bridge built in 1951. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 50 & 301 cross a six-lane bridge over Kent Narrows. Kent Island Narrows separate Kent Island from the rest of Queen Annes County. The waterway links the Chester River to the north with Prospect Bay to the south. Photo taken 08/27/05.
A folded-diamond interchange (Exit 42) follows the 1990-built bridge with the split Maryland 835. Maryland 835 (Seward Marina Road) simply connects U.S. 50 east & 301 north with Maryland 18 (Main Street) to the south. Kent Narrows Road entails Segment G of Maryland 835 from Exit 42 of U.S. 50 west & 301 south to Maryland 18. For much more on Maryland 835, see MDRoads.com. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Continuing east, U.S. 50 & 301 next see a ramp (Exit 43A) onto Maryland 18 (Main Street) ahead of Grasonville. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Maryland 18 (Main Street) bends southward to Grasonville from Exit 43A. Exit 43B also provides access to Grasonville via Chester River Beach Road south to Main Street. Photo taken 08/27/05.
The Main Street on-ramp of Exit 43A forms an exit-only lane for Exit 43B. Chester River Road (Maryland 18 Segment "V") runs northward from Maryland 18 to VFW Avenue and Chester River Drive by Stony Bar Bluff. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Exit 43B consists of a partial cloverleaf interchange between U.S. 50 east & 301 north and Chester River Road. Exit 44A follows with Station Lane south to Grasonville. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Station Lane connects U.S. 50 & 301 with Maryland 18 east of Perrys Corner Road and west of Evans Avenue. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 50 east & U.S. 301 north at the Exit 44A ramp departure to Station Lane south. Evans Avenue replicates the connection between the freeway and Maryland 18 east of Grasonville. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Traveling by Winchester Creek on the quarter-mile approach to Exit 44B (Evans Avenue south). Photo taken 08/27/05.
Eastbound at the Exit 44B off-ramp to Evans Avenue. Hess Road (Exit 45A) Nesbit Road (Exit 45B) follow in quick succession. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Hess Road spurs north from Evans Avenue to Exit 45A of U.S. 50 & 301 and a frontage road. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Exit 45A, like many others along the U.S. 50 & 301 freeway on the Eastern Shore, entails a 90-degree off-ramp. Exit 45B resembles a conventional diamond interchange with Nesbit Road (Maryland 835 Segment "K"). Photo taken 08/27/05.
Nesbit Road travels south from Exit 45B to Maryland 18 (Main Street) and north to Winchester Creek Road (westbound side frontage road) and Blackbeards Bluff along the Chester River. U.S. 50 & 301 prepare to split in 1.50 miles at Queenstown. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 50 continues the drive to the resort town of Ocean City for D.C. area tourists. The route doubles as the main route to the Eastern Shore population centers of Easton and Salisbury. Photo taken 08/27/05.
One half mile west of the partial "Y" interchange of the U.S. 50 east and U.S. 301 north split. U.S. 301 continues northward from Queenstown to Middletown, Delaware as an expressway. U.S. 50 turns south at Wye Mills to Cambridge. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Travelers bound for Rehoboth Beach on the Delaware coast are directed to remain along U.S. 50 east to Maryland 404 east near Wye Mills. Maryland 404 comprises a multi-state route with Delaware 404 through Denton, Bridgeville, Georgetown, Delaware. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Interests to Outlet Center Drive can access the shopping complex from either U.S. 50 (Ocean Gateway) or U.S. 301 beyond the split. The retail area resides between U.S. 50 and Maryland 18 / 656. The right-hand turn onto Maryland 18 from U.S. 301 north is the preferred access point for motorists from the west. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Maryland 18 (Main Street) intersects U.S. 50 (Ocean Gateway) just east of the freeway split with U.S. 301. The state route follows a dog-leg route by the Outlets to Maryland 656 (Friel Road) opposite Queenstown. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 301 north continues north as a rural expressway through Queen Annes and Kent Counties toward Delaware. The route eventually ends at U.S. 40 in Glasgow, Delaware, with connections to Interstate 95 via Delaware 896 or the SR 1 Turnpike. U.S. 50 ends at Maryland 528 in Ocean City. Photo taken 08/27/05.
A final look at the end of the 32.2-mile overlap between U.S. 50 east & U.S. 301 north. Photo taken 08/27/05.



  1. The Maryland Transportation Authority's Web Site for Everything Bay Bridge.

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2003-06-02, 2005-08-27 by AARoads

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