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MD 5 originates at Point Lookout, the southern tip of St. Marys County along Chesapeake Bay, and travels 74 miles north to Lexington Park, Hughesville, Waldorf, Joint Base Andrews and Silver Hill outside Washington, D.C. The state route follows a freeway south from the Capital Beltway (I-95/495) through Camp Springs and Clinton to Surratts Road. An overlap with U.S. 301 leads MD 5 south to Walforf. MD 5 bypasses Waldorf to the east while MD 5 Business connects the state route with the center of Walforf at U.S. 301 and MD 228 (Berry Road). An expressway bypass also circumvents Hughesville, with MD 5 meeting MD 231 (Prince Frederick Road) at a dumbbell interchange.

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Construction along MD 5 (Branch Avenue) at Brandywine Road eliminates traffic signals with MD 381 and MD 373 (Accokeek Road). An interchange with service roads replaces the at-grade intersections with both Accokeek Road and Brandywine Road. A notice to proceed (NTP) for the project was issued on July 5, 2016. 77% complete as of September 16, 2019, work on MD 5 north of Waldorf biruns through late Spring 2020.1

Maryland Route 5 Business North - Hughesville
Maryland 231 shield posted along Maryland 5 Business (Old Leonardtown Road) northbound for the intersection with Burnt Store Road and Prince Frederick Road in Hughesville. Maryland 231 comprises 16.39 miles between Burnt Store and Prince Frederick to the east. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Northbound at the signalized intersection with Maryland 231 in Hughesville. Maryland 231 (Prince Frederick Road) migrates two miles to Patuxent and seven miles to Benedict at the Patuxent River crossing. The state highway stems three miles west via Burnt Store Road to Olivers Shop Road at Burnt House. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Maryland Route 5 North - Beantown
The northbound beginning of Maryland 5 Business (Leonardtown Road) at Beantown. Maryland 5 Business continues Leonardtown Road west two miles to U.S. 301 and Maryland 228 (Berry Road) at Waldorf. Maryland 925 (Old Washington Road) intersects Leonardtown Road ahead of U.S. 301 (Robert Crain Highway). Photo taken 09/25/04.
Northbound at the intersection between Maryland 5 Business (Leonardtown Road), Maryland 228 (Berry Road) and U.S. 301 (Robert Crain Highway). U.S. 301 comprises the main commercial arterial through Charles County and the communities of LaPlata, Waldorf and Cheltenham. The US highway crosses the Governor Nice Bridge between Newburg and Owens, Virginia to the south. Maryland 228 stems west from Waldorf as a four-lane divided highway to Maryland 210 (Indian Head Highway) at Accokeek. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Maryland Route 5 South - Hughesville
Maryland 5 southbound reassurance marker posted along now Old Leonardtown Road in the community of Hughesville. The state highway bypasses Hughesville to the east along a short expressway. The rerouted created Maryland 5 Business along the original Leonardtown Road. Pictured here is the business loop south of Maryland 231 (Burnt Store Road / Prince Frederick Road) in the village. Photo taken 09/25/04.

  1. MD 0005 BRANCH AVENUE AT BRANDYWINE ROAD (MD 373/MD 381) - (ROUNDABOUT). Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), web site.

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09/25/04 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 95
Interstate 495 - Capital Beltway
U.S. 301
Route 4
Route 231
Route 234
Route 236

Page Updated 08-31-2010.