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Maryland Route 213 crosses the Chesapeake and Delaware (C & D) Canal high above the town of Chesapeake City on a tied arch bridge. The steel span was constructed by the Army Core of Engineers between 1946 and 1949. Representing one of only two sea-level commercial canals in the United States, the 14 mile long C & D Canal is 450 feet wide and 35 feet deep. The first proposals for a waterway linking Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware River originated in the 17th century. Construction on the C & D Canal got underway in 1824, with around 2,600 laborers working on the project. It was completed in 1829.1

Linking the communities of Cecilton and Chesapeake City with Elkton, Cherry Hill and Fair Hill, MD 213 is the main north-south route in Cecil County. The state route travels 68.25 miles overall from MD 662 at Wye Mills to the state line at PA 841.

Maryland Route 213 Guides

MD 213 between U.S. 40 and U.S. 50 is former U.S. 213, which was decommissioned in 1973. U.S. 213 was once the main route for the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland. It ran south from Elkton to Chestertown, Centreville, Easton, Cambridge, Salisbury and Ocean City.

Prior to 1948, U.S. 213 was an even longer route, as it continued southeast along current U.S. 50 from Wye Mills to Ocean City. U.S. 213 never extended north of U.S. 40 at Elkton, that route was Maryland Route 280. With the completion of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in 1952, U.S. 50 was extended east to Ocean City (although some maps show that the rerouting between U.S. 50 and U.S. 213 south of Wye Mills occurred circa 1949).

The extension of U.S. 301 northeast from Bowie to Delaware, coupled with the AASHTO mandate that all intrastate U.S. routes be decommissioned, led to the retiring of U.S. 213. MD 213 replaced former MD 280 north from Bridge Street in Elkton to Fair Hill and the Pennsylvania state line by 1978. The renumbering from PA 841 southward provided route continuity with MD 213.

MD 213 - Cecil County Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT)

  • 5,240 - Kent County line to MD 282
  • 6,183 - MD 282 to MD 310
  • 10,318 - MD 310 to MD 286/537
  • 14,090 - Chesapeake City Bridge
  • 17,020 - MD 285 at U.S. 40
  • 17,890 - U.S. 40 to Howard Street in Elkton
  • 15,830 - Main Street in Elkton to MD 545
  • 11,820 - MD 545 to MD 279
  • 7,000 - MD 545 to I-95
  • 8,203 - I-95 and Leeds Road
  • 5,140 - Leeds Road to MD 273
  • 4,320 - MD 273 to Pennsylvania line

Source: Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) - 2016 Traffic Volume Maps by County

Maryland Route 213 scenes
The intersection of Glebe Road and MD 213 (Augustine Herman Highway) in southern Cecil County. Glebe Road loops north from MD 282 (Crystal Beach Road) and Earleville to Hack Point and MD 213 at the Bohemia River. Photo taken 08/10/04.
Still Pond Road (former MD 292) south at MD 213 (Augustine Herman Highway) in rural Kent County. Photo taken 12/29/17.
MD 213 angles northeast from Still Pond Road to Kennedyville and south by Urieville Lake to Chestertown. Photo taken 12/29/17.

Sources:
  1. History sign located in south Chesapeake City, Maryland.


Photo Credits:

08/10/04, 12/29/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 40
U.S. 301
Route 7
Route 273
Route 282
Route 285
Route 286
Route 310

Page Updated 12-12-2018.