U.S. 50

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Traveling 140 miles across the Free State, U.S. 50 constitutes a commuter freeway east from Washington, D.C. to the suburbs of Prince Georges and Anne Arundel Counties, including the capital city of Annapolis. U.S. 301 combines with the U.S. 50 east from Exit 13 at Bowie east to Queenstown (Exit 46). Spanning Chesapeake Bay between Annapolis and Kent Island, U.S. 50 joins the D.C. area with Maryland's Eastern Shore via the William Preston Lane, Jr. Bridge. The suspension bridges represent only the second fixed auto route across the expansive body of water from Cecil County south to Hampton Roads, Virginia. South beyond the split with U.S. 301 northeast to Middletown, Delaware, U.S. 50 continues to Easton, Cambridge and Salisbury. U.S. 50 concludes just shy of the Atlantic Ocean in Ocean City.

U.S. 50 Maryland Guides

U.S. 50 departs the city of Washington from New York Avenue NE via a four-lane freeway (John Hanson Highway) at Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Beyond there, the freeway winds northeast to meet the Capital Beltway (I-95/495) where U.S. Interstate 595 begins. Designated in 1989, I-595 overlays John Hanson Highway between Exit 7 and Exit 24. The route was never signed due to the familiarity of motorists with preexisting U.S. 50. Modernization of the route from the mid 1980s to early 1990s expanded the freeway to six or eight overall lanes.

U.S. 50 did not always travel across the Chesapeake Bay onto Maryland's Eastern Shore. Prior to 1948, the US route ended at Annapolis while the highway from Queenstown southeast to Easton, Cambridge, Salisbury and Ocean City was a part of U.S. 213. U.S. 50 was extended across Chesapeake Bay via a ferry route to Queen Anne County in 1948, replacing U.S. 213 southward from Wye Mills. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge replaced the ferry service when it opened in 1952.1

U.S. 50 scenes
Separate ramps connect MD 704 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Highway) west with U.S. 50 (I-595) west to Washington and U.S. 50 c/d roadway to I-95/495 and Garden City Drive south. A loop ramp formerly joined MD 704 west with U.S. 50 east to Annapolis. It was replaced with a left turn onto the eastbound entrance ramp. Photo taken 01/02/08.
MD 704 (Martin Luther King Jr. Highway) intersects Hargrove Road ahead of the ramps with U.S. 50 (I-595) westbound. The forthcoming ramp joins Exit 7B to the Capital Beltway northbound. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The westbound on-ramp to U.S. 50 & U.S. 301 southbound from Winchester Creek Road at Exit 45B. Nesbit Road ventures north from Maryland 18 (Old Stevensville Queenstown Road) to Winchester Creek Road and the Chester River at Exit 45B. Winchester Road provides the connections to/from Nesbit Road for the westbound direction of the freeway. Photo taken 09/25/04.

Sources:

  1. Ends of U.S. Highway 50, 50-N, and 50-S, Dale Sanderson.


Photo Credits:

09/25/04, 01/02/08 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 95
Interstate 97
Interstate 495 - Capital Beltway
U.S. 13
U.S. 113
U.S. 301
Route 2
Route 213

Page Updated 11-16-2010.