Maryland Route 279

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Maryland Route 279 marker

Maryland Route 279
Maryland Route 279 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDSHA
Length: 4.95 mi[1] (7.97 km)
Existed: 1927 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 40 / MD 7 near Elkton

MD 545 in Elkton
MD 213 in Elkton
MD 268 in Elkton
MD 316 near Elkton
I-95 near Elkton

MD 277 near Elkton
North end: DE 279 at Delaware border near Elkton
Counties: Cecil
Highway system
MD 278 MD 280

Maryland Route 279 (MD 279) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. Known as Elkton Road and Newark Avenue, the state highway runs 4.95 miles (7.97 km) from U.S. Route 40 (US 40) and MD 7 west of Elkton to the Delaware state line north of Elkton, where the highway continues as Delaware Route 279 (DE 279). MD 279 functions as a northern bypass of Elkton and is the primary highway to Newark, Delaware, from Maryland. The state highway was constructed in the 1910s. The highway was realigned north of Elkton in the early 1960s when Interstate 95 (I-95) was constructed through eastern Cecil County. MD 279 bypassed Elkton with an extension to US 40 in the late 1960s; the old alignment to downtown Elkton was designated MD 268.

Route description[edit]

MD 279 southbound at MD 268 in Elkton

MD 279 begins at an intersection with US 40 (Pulaski Highway) west of Elkton. MD 7 (Philadelphia Road) heads south and west from the opposite side of the intersection. MD 279 heads northeast as two-lane Elkton Road, passing the Elkton YMCA before crossing Little Elk Creek and entering the town limits of Elkton. The state highway intersects MD 545 (Blue Ball Road) and curves to the east ahead of the junction with MD 213 (Bridge Street), where the highway becomes Newark Avenue and expands to three lanes with a center turn lane. MD 279 goes through a residential area where the highway passes Gilpin Manor Elementary School and Elkton Middle School before the intersection with MD 268 (North Street). The state highway becomes Elkton Road again and crosses Big Elk Creek, leaving the town limits of Elkton and immediately meets the southern terminus of MD 316 (Appleton Road). MD 279 continues northeast as a four-lane divided highway. The state highway intersects Belle Hill Road in the midst of a commercial area catering to travelers before meeting I-95 (John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway) at a cloverleaf interchange. MD 279 intersects MD 277 (Fletchwood Road) immediately before reaching its northern terminus at the Delaware state line. The highway continues northeast as DE 279 toward Newark.[1][2]

MD 279 is a part of the National Highway System as a principal arterial for its entire length.[1][3]


MD 279 was paved as a state-aid road from the northern limit of Elkton to the Delaware state line by 1915.[4] The state highway was completed by 1921 when North Street within Elkton was surfaced.[5] Outside of Elkton, MD 279 followed present day MD 316 north from Big Elk Creek, veered east onto Belle Hill Road, then followed its present alignment northeast to the state line.[6] In 1963, the state highway moved to its present alignment between Big Elk Creek and I-95 in conjunction with the construction of the highway's interchange with I-95.[7] MD 279 was extended west on a new alignment to US 40 west of Elkton in 1967; North Street was redesignated MD 268.[8] The divided highway between MD 316 and the state line was completed around 1983.[9]

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Elkton, Cecil County.

mi[1] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 US 40 (Pulaski Highway) – Philadelphia, Baltimore
MD 7 west (Philadelphia Road)
0.60 0.97 MD 545 (Blue Ball Road) – Childs, Pleasant Hill, Elkton
1.18 1.90 MD 213 (Bridge Street) – Fair Hill, Chesapeake City
1.70 2.74 MD 268 south (North Street)
1.80 2.90 MD 316 north (Appleton Road) – Elk Mills
3.81 6.13 I-95 (John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway) – Baltimore, New York I-95 Exit 109
4.91 7.90 MD 277 west (Fletchwood Road) – Elk Mills
4.95 7.97 DE 279 east (Elkton Road) – Newark Delaware state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Highway Information Services Division (December 31, 2013). Highway Location Reference. Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  2. ^ Google (2010-10-13). "Maryland Route 279" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  3. ^ National Highway System: Maryland (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. October 1, 2012. Retrieved 2015-02-09. 
  4. ^ Weller, O.E.; Parran, Thomas; Miller, W.B.; Perry, John M.; Ramsay, Andrew; Smith, J. Frank (May 1916). "Annual Reports of the State Roads Commission of Maryland" (1912–1915 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 124. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  5. ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1921). Map of Maryland: Showing State Road System and State Aid Roads (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey. 
  6. ^ Elkton, MD quadrangle (Map) (1942 ed.). 1:48,000. 15 Minute Series (Topographic). United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  7. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1963). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. 
  8. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1967). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. 
  9. ^ Maryland State Highway Administration (1983). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1983–84 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Highway Administration. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing