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Joppa Road is a road that runs across the northern suburbs of Baltimore, mostly parallel to the Baltimore Beltway. Joppa Road today is used by motorists as an alternative to congested I-695 traffic, which often causes the road to become congested itself.
Joppa Road starts in the west near the northern end of the Jones Falls Expressway, where this highway intersects with Falls Road. This section, known as West Joppa Road, continues to the center of Towson, is two lanes wide, and is lined with upscale housing.
Joppa Road continues through the center of Towson. However, this section is very narrow, and is partly one way in a westbound direction. In this area, use of Joppa Road as a through street is discouraged, and most through traffic is diverted onto Allegheny Avenue.
After the Towson Circle, which consists of the intersection of York Road, Dulaney Valley Road, and Joppa, the next section is known as East Joppa Road. This road is at least 4-5 lanes wide in all areas, and is mostly lined with commercial development. The end of this section is at Belair Road in Perry Hall, but continuing in a straight direction past this intersection will bring the motorist onto Ebenezer Road. A left and an immediate right at Belair will allow the motorist to continue onto the next section of East Joppa Road.
Joppa Road was originally an Indian trail and was still used as such as late as 1697.
The portion of East Joppa Road from York Road in Towson east to Belair Road was designated Maryland Route 148 until 1962. Joppa Road's removal from the Maryland State Highway system reflected the partial completion of the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695) during that year. At the time, there existed in Maryland an effort to keep the total mileage of state-maintained roads in a given county fixed. Because the Beltway represented a significant addition state-maintained highway mileage in Baltimore County, and because Joppa Road more or less paralleled the northern part of the new roadway, Baltimore County agreed to assume control of Joppa Road in 1962, thereby ending the road's state designation.
Joppa Road intersects with the following major streets and roads:
- Falls Road
- Bellona Avenue
- York Road
- Dulaney Valley Road
- Loch Raven Boulevard
- Perring Parkway
- Old Harford Road
- Harford Road
- Belair Road
Joppa Road does not intersect with Charles Street, but rather passes over. Charles Street is accessible from Joppa Road via Bellona Avenue in either direction.
Points of interest
The following notable points can be found along Joppa Road:
West Joppa Road
- Greenspring Station
- Blakehurst Assisted Living
East Joppa Road
In popular culture