Maryland Route 424

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Maryland Route 424 marker

Maryland Route 424
Davidsonville Road
A map of central Anne Arundel County, Maryland showing major roads.  Maryland Route 424 runs from Davidsonville to Crofton.
Maryland Route 424 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDSHA
Length: 8.24 mi[1] (13.26 km)
Major junctions
South end: MD 214 in Davidsonville
 

US 50 / US 301 near Davidsonville

MD 450 in Crofton
North end: MD 3 in Crofton
Location
Counties: Anne Arundel
Highway system
MD 423 MD 425

Maryland Route 424 (MD 424) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. Known as Davidsonville Road, the highway runs 8.24 miles (13.26 km) from MD 214 in Davidsonville north to MD 3 in Crofton. MD 424 connects U.S. Route 50 and US 301 with the two communities in central Anne Arundel County. The highway was constructed from Davidsonville to what is now MD 450 in the late 1920s. MD 424 was extended to what is now MD 3 in the late 1940s. The highway's interchange with US 50 opened in the early 1950s when the U.S. Highway was relocated between Bowie and Annapolis. MD 424 temporarily extended south to MD 2 in the early to mid-1950s and north to the Little Patuxent River in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Route description[edit]

MD 424 begins at an intersection with MD 214 (Central Avenue) within the Davidsonville Historic District. The south leg of the intersection is county-maintained Birdsville Road. MD 424 heads northwest out of Davidsonville and passes to the east of the historic homes Mount Airy and Indian Range, which are located along Mount Airy Road. The highway curves north and intersects Governors Bridge Road, which heads west toward the historic one-lane Governor's Bridge across the Patuxent River. MD 424 veers northwest, expands to a four-lane divided highway, and has a four-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange with John Hanson Highway, a freeway that carries US 50, US 301, and unsigned Interstate 595. MD 424 reduces to two lanes, veers north, and passes to the west of the historic home Rosehill before intersecting MD 450 (Defense Highway) on the southeastern edge of Crofton. The highway passes by the historic home Linthicum Walks and along the northeastern edge of the planned community. MD 424 expands to a four-lane undivided highway at Riedel Road before reaching its northern terminus at MD 3 (Robert Crain Highway). The west leg of the intersection is Conway Road, a county highway that crosses the Little Patuxent River a short distance to the west.[1][2]

History[edit]

MD 424 was constructed as a 16-foot (4.9 m) wide gravel highway from what was then MD 254 (now MD 214) in Davidsonville north to US 50 (now MD 450) in 1929 and 1930.[3][4][5] By 1934, the Maryland State Roads Commission recommended the highway be expanded to a width of 20 feet (6.1 m) for its whole length.[5] Much of the highway was expanded from 16 to 24 feet (4.9 to 7.3 m) in 1944.[6] MD 424 was extended northwest to US 301 (now MD 3) at a place called Conaways in 1949.[7] The state highway's interchange with the Annapolis–Washington Expressway, which became part of US 50, was constructed between 1950 and 1952 concurrent with the portion of the freeway between Bowie and Parole.[8][9]

The MD 424 designation was extended south along Birdsville Road to MD 2 in 1951 but truncated at Davidsonville by 1956.[10][11] During that period, Birdsville Road was improved with a bituminous stabilized gravel surface in 1953 and 1954.[12] MD 424 was extended north from MD 3 along Conway Road to the highway's bridge across the Little Patuxent River by 1978; the bridge itself was constructed in 1966.[13][14] The highway's northern terminus returned to MD 3 by 1985.[15] MD 424 was expanded to a divided highway when a pair of new bridges were constructed at its interchange with US 50 and US 301 in 1994.[16] The highway was expanded to four lanes on its northernmost mile in Crofton by 1999.[17]

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Anne Arundel County.

Location Mile
[1]
km Destinations Notes
Davidsonville 0.00 0.00 MD 214 (Central Avenue) / Birdsville Road south – Largo, Edgewater Southern terminus
  3.32 5.34 US 50 / US 301 (John Hanson Highway) – Bay Bridge, Annapolis, Washington, Richmond US 50 Exit 16; US 50 and US 301 run concurrently with unsigned I-595
Crofton 5.85 9.41 MD 450 (Defense Highway) – Bowie, Annapolis
8.24 13.26 MD 3 (Robert Crain Highway) / Conway Road west – Bowie, Baltimore Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Highway Information Services Division (December 31, 2011). Highway Location Reference. Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  2. ^ Google Inc. "Maryland Route 424". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=MD-424+N%2FDavidsonville+Rd&daddr=Davidsonville+Rd&hl=en&geocode=FbzqUQIdRr5u-w%3BFRpjUwIdlLdt-w&mra=ls&sll=38.929636,-76.629553&sspn=0.030514,0.077162&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=12. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  3. ^ Maryland Geological Survey. Map of Maryland Showing State Road System: State Aid Roads and Improved County Road Connections (Map) (1930 ed.).
  4. ^ Uhl, G. Clinton; Bruce, Howard; Shaw, John K. (October 1, 1930). Report of the State Roads Commission of Maryland (1927–1930 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 196. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  5. ^ a b Byron, William D.; Lacy, Robert (December 28, 1934). Report of the State Roads Commission of Maryland (1931–1934 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 22. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  6. ^ Whitman, Ezra B.; Webb, P. Watson; Thomas, W. Frank (March 1, 1945). Report of the State Roads Commission of Maryland (1943–1944 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 14. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  7. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission. Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1949 ed.).
  8. ^ Reindollar, Robert M.; George, Joseph M.; McCain, Russell H. (December 20, 1950). Report of the State Roads Commission of Maryland (1949–1950 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 75. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  9. ^ McCain, Russell H.; Hall, Avery W.; Nichols, David M. (December 15, 1952). Report of the State Roads Commission of Maryland (1951–1952 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 48. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  10. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission. Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1951 ed.).
  11. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission. Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1956 ed.).
  12. ^ McCain, Russell H.; Bennett, Edgar T.; Kelly, Bramwell (November 12, 1954). Report of the State Roads Commission of Maryland (1953–1954 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 196. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  13. ^ Maryland State Highway Administration. Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1978 ed.).
  14. ^ Staff (2012). "NBI Structure Number: 200000AA4005010". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  15. ^ Maryland State Highway Administration. Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1985–86 ed.).
  16. ^ Staff (2012). "NBI Structure Number: 100000020028011". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  17. ^ Highway Information Services Division (December 31, 1999). Highway Location Reference. Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing