U.S. 29 North - Howard County

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U.S. 29 North
U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) leaves an at-grade intersection with Old Columbia Road and approaches the first Howard County interchange (Maryland 216). Photo taken 08/27/05.
Maryland 216 (Scaggsville Road) crosses paths with U.S. 29 at Scaggsville. A folded-cloverleaf interchange utilizing roundabouts between the ramps, Scaggsville Road, and local development facilitates movements between the two highways. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Exit 13 departs U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) northbound for Maryland 216 (Scaggsville Road). Maryland 216 stretches 9.06 miles east from Maryland 108 at Highland to Maryland 198 in Laurel. Fulton lies just west of Scaggsville via the state route. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Exit 15 consists of a parclo interchange between U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) and John Hopkins Road. The exit serves the adjacent Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Photo taken 08/27/05.
A non-freeway style mileage sign lists the distances to Columbia, Interstate 70, and Baltimore as U.S. 29 lowers to cross Hammond Branch. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Continuing north one mile to meet Maryland 32 (Exits 16A/B) on U.S. 29 north ahead of the Patuxent River. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Maryland 32 constitutes a 22-mile freeway from Heritage Highlands to the west and Fort Meade and Interstate 97 to the east. U.S. 29 meets the freeway in one half mile, but first sees an at-grade intersection with Rivers Edge Road. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Rivers Edge Road provides the only access to a subdivision bound by U.S. 29 and Maryland 32 to the north and east. Traffic lights govern the protected turn onto Rivers Edge Road west from a segregated lane from the northbound mainline. A merge lane follows to provide north return access to the freeway from the same intersection. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Northbound U.S. 29 at Exit 16A onto Maryland 32 east. Maryland 32 travels between the suburban communities of Owen Brown and Kings Contrivance on the 3.2-mile drive to Interstate 95 near Savage. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Exit 16B departs from the full cloverleaf interchange of U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) onto Maryland 32 west to Clarksville, West Friendship (Interstate 70) and Sykesville. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Maryland 32 continues as a freeway four miles to Maryland 108 near Heritage Heights. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) northbound approaches the Exit 17 folded diamond interchange with Seneca and Shaker Drives. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Shaker Drive snakes northwest from Eden Brook Drive and Maryland 32 to the intersection with Seneca Drive at Exit 17. Seneca Drive serves residential areas of Atholton and Hickory Ridge within the immediate vicinity of Columbia Pike. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Broken Land Parkway, like Shaker Drive, also travels northwest from the Maryland 32 freeway to meet U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike). Use Exit 18 for the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Oakland Hills, Hickory Ridge, and Howard Community College. A directional cloverleaf interchange joins the two highways in one half mile. Photo taken 08/27/05.
A two-lane ramp departs U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) northbound for Broken Land Parkway. Exit 18 partitions into separate ramps for Broken Land Parkway north to the Columbia Town Center and south to Owen Brown. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) continues north from Broken Land Parkway to Maryland 175 (Exits 20A/B) to the northeast of Columbia. Maryland 175 (Little Patuxent Parkway) constitutes an east-west surface arterial between Columbia and Jessup. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Maryland 175 travels 17.01 miles east from U.S. 29 (Exit 20) to Maryland 3 (Crain Highway) at Millersville. The state highway serves the nearby communities of Oakland Mills and Long Branch on the eastward drive to Interstate 95 at Waterloo. Little Patuxent Parkway continues west from Columbia Pike to Wilde Lake. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Exit 20A departs U.S. 29 in a half mile for MD 175 (Little Patuxent Parkway) east. MD 175 has interchanges with Snowden River Parkway, Columbia Gateway Drive and I-95 at Exit 41. Photo taken 08/27/05.
An at-grade intersection connects U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) with Old Columbia Road. Old Columbia Road constitutes a short frontage road along the northbound side of the freeway. The old road serves three homes that are not otherwise accessible. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Exit 20A departs U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) northbound for the eastbound beginning of Maryland 175 (Little Patuxent Parkway). Maryland 175 reaches the Anne Arundel town of Jessup eight miles to the east. Oakland Mills lies nearby at the crossroads with Thunder Hill Road. Photo taken 09/25/04.
A full cloverleaf interchange facilitates the movements between U.S. 29 and Little Patuxent Parkway. The parkway continues west from Columbia Pike to Wilde Lake, Governor Warfield Parkway, and the The Mall in Columbia. Governor Warfield Parkway stems southwest from the mall area to the Columbia Town Center. Photo taken 09/25/04.
U.S. 29 northbound travels a short distance between Maryland 175 and the full cloverleaf interchange with Maryland 108 (Exits 21A/B). Pictured here is a northbound reassurance shield. All Maryland freeways double as snow emergency routes, and are generally signed as such on reassurance shield assemblies. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Maryland 108 (Old Annapolis Road / Clarksville Pike) meets U.S. 29 at Exits 21A/B near Columbia Hills. The east-west highway arcs 34.23 miles between Maryland 27 at Damascus and Maryland 175 near Waterloo. Maryland 108 meets the west end of the Patuxent Freeway (Maryland 32) at Clarksville 6.3 miles to the west. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Another at-grade intersection lies along U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) northbound with Diamondback Drive. Diamondback Drive constitutes a residential street between the northbound freeway and Mellonbrook Road. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Maryland 108 (Clarksville Pike) westbound serves the Dorsey's Search and Harper's Choice communities via Exit 21B. Clarksville Pike also serves Centennial Park and Elioak to the west. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Northbound at the Exit 21A off-ramp to Maryland 108 (Old Annapolis Road) eastbound. Maryland 108 widens through the interchange with U.S. 29 near Columbia Hills. The state route continues southeast to Waterloo Road near Long Reach en route to Maryland 175 at Waterloo. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Exit 21B loops onto Maryland 108 (Clarksville Pike) westbound for Elioak and Clarksville. Use Clarksville Pike for Centennial Lane north for Centennial and Font Hill. Eliots Oak Road joins Maryland 108 with the town of Columbia to the south. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Traffic merging onto U.S. 29 northbound from Maryland 108 forms an auxiliary lane for the Exit 22 off-ramp to Maryland 100. Maryland 100 constitutes a 22.05 mile long freeway between U.S. 29 east to Maryland 177 (Mountain Road) near Lake Shore and Jacobsville in Anne Arundel County. Photo taken 08/27/05.
There is no direct access from U.S. 29 northbound onto Maryland 103 (Montgomery Road). Therefore drivers bound for Maryland 103 can use the Exit 1A interchange of Maryland 100 to Long Gate Parkway to access Montgomery Road and the adjacent park and ride lot. Maryland 103 parallels Maryland 100 between St. John's Lane and to Dorsey near the Anne Arundel County line. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 29 northbound at the Exit 22 ramp departure for Maryland 100 eastbound. Maryland 100 ventures southeast from U.S. 29 through the suburbs of Howard and Anne Arundel Counties to Southgate and Pasadena. The freeway opened to traffic fully in the late 1990s between U.S. 29 and Interstate 95. Use Maryland 100 east for Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Glen Burnie. Photo taken 09/25/04.
The 1.50-mile overhead for U.S. 40 (Exits 24A/B) appears within the directional interchange (Exit 22) with Maryland 100. U.S. 40 (Baltimore National Pike) meets U.S. 29 just south of Interstate 70 near Ellicott City. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Two miles south of the directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 70 (Exits 25A/B) on U.S. 29 northbound. Toll House Road forms a northbound side frontage road from Old Columbia Pike to Frederick Road (Maryland 144). Maryland 100 traffic merges onto the freeway ahead of the forthcoming exchange with U.S. 40. Photo taken 08/27/05.
A wye interchange connects U.S. 29 northbound with U.S. 40 east via Exit 24A. Originally U.S. 29 and 40 shared pavement eastward along Frederick Road from Ellicott City into Baltimore. That alignment lasted until 1949, leaving Frederick Road as a local road or as Maryland 144. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 29 passes over Frederick Road at the Exit 24A ramp departure for U.S. 40 (Baltimore National Pike). U.S. 40 enters Ellicott City east of U.S. 29 before crossing Patapsco Valley State Park at the Baltimore County line. U.S. 40 continues east from there to Catonsville and Westview before entering the city of Baltimore along Edmondson Avenue. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 29 continues northward to the Exit 24B loop ramp onto U.S. 40 (Baltimore National Pike) westbound. U.S. 40 maintains four-lanes through the communities of Valley Mede and Pine Orchard before merging with Interstate 70 at Exit 82. Photo taken 08/27/05.
U.S. 40 leaves it original alignment for Interstate 70 three miles to the west. Maryland 144 follows Frederick Road (original U.S. 40) west from there through Mayfield, West Friendship, Cooksville, and Lisbon to Mount Airy in Frederick County. U.S. 29 continues northward to meet Interstate 70 in one mile otherwise. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Directional ramps shuttle U.S. 29 northbound travelers onto Interstate 70 east and Interstate 70 westbound motorists onto U.S. 29 south. This setup is like the U.S. 40 interchange to the south, with a standard cloverleaf configuration handling the remaining movements between the two highways. Exit 25A links Columbia Pike with the final seven miles of Interstate 70 east to the city of Baltimore. Photo taken 08/27/05.
Exit 25A branches eastward from U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) northbound onto Interstate 70. Interstate 70 interchanges the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695) three miles to the east near Woodlawn. The freeway tapers down to a park and ride lot three miles east from there at Security Boulevard (Exit 94) and Leakin Park. Photo taken 08/27/05.
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U.S. 29 passes over Interstate 70 ahead of the Exit 25B loop ramp onto westbound. Interstate 70 continues 31 miles west to Frederick and 55 miles to Hagerstown. Photos taken 08/27/05.
A left turn across U.S. 29 south provides a second opportunity to access Interstate 70 west from U.S. 29 north beyond the Exit 25B loop ramp. Photo taken 08/27/05.
An end advisory sign precedes the north end of U.S. 29 where the route meets Maryland 99 (Old Frederick Road / Rogers Avenue). Photo taken 09/25/04.
Maryland 99 guide sign for the upcoming intersection with Old Frederick Road and Rogers Avenue. Maryland 99 constitutes the former U.S. 40 alignment west from Baltimore. Originally U.S. 29 turned eastward onto Old Frederick Road into Baltimore city. Photo taken 08/27/05.
A second guide sign advises motorists merging onto U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) northbound from Interstate 70 west for the intersection with Maryland 99. Maryland 99 travels 7.57 west from U.S. 29 to Maryland 32 (Sykesville Road) at Slacks Corner. Rogers Road turns southeast to meet another segment of Old Frederick Road and U.S. 40 at Ellicott City. Photo taken 09/25/04.
U.S. 29 concludes at Maryland 99 (Old Frederick Road) and Rogers Avenue. The southern terminus of U.S. 29 is located 1036 miles and eight states away at Pensacola, Florida. Photo taken 12/30/08.

Photo Credits:

09/25/04, 08/27/05, 12/30/08 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 70
U.S. 40
Route 32 - Patuxent Freeway
Route 100

Page Updated 03-23-2011.