Maryland Route 480

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Maryland Route 480 marker

Maryland Route 480
A map of the inland Eastern Shore of Maryland showing major roads.  Maryland Route 480 runs from Hillsboro to Greensboro.
Maryland Route 480 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDSHA
Length: 9.08 mi[1] (14.61 km)
Existed: 1933 – present
Major junctions
West end: MD 404 in Hillsboro

MD 312 in Ridgely

MD 314 in Greensboro
East end: MD 313 in Greensboro
Counties: Caroline
Highway system
MD 478 MD 481

Maryland Route 480 (MD 480) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. Known for most of its length as Ridgely Road, the state highway runs 9.08 miles (14.61 km) from MD 404 in Hillsboro east to MD 313 in Greensboro. MD 480 passes through Ridgely, where it has a concurrency with MD 312. The state highway was constructed between Ridgely and Greensboro in the early 1930s. MD 480 was rerouted in both towns in the early 1950s before being extended west to Hillsboro in the late 1950s.

Route description[edit]

MD 480 begins at an intersection with MD 404 in Hillsboro. Ridgely Road continues south toward the center of Hillsboro. MD 480 heads northeast through farmland until it meets MD 312 (Downes Station Road) on the outskirts of Ridgely. The two state highways continue northeast, with MD 776 (Sunset Boulevard) splitting to the north immediately before the road enters the town limits of Ridgely, where its name temporarily changes to Sixth Street and the highway passes Martin Sutton Memorial Park. The concurrency of MD 480 and MD 312 ends where the latter highway heads north into the center of town on Central Avenue. MD 480 heads east out of town, continuing straight through farmland. After traversing Forge Branch, the state highway veers to the northeast, paralleling the Choptank River at a distance until the highway enters Greensboro, where its name changes again to Main Street. MD 480 intersects MD 314 (Sunset Avenue) in the center of the town. The state highway traverses an S-curve and passes Greensboro Elementary School before reaching its northern terminus at MD 313 (Greensboro Road).[1][2]


MD 480 was under construction from Ridgely to Greensboro by 1932 and completed in 1933.[3][4][5] The state highway originally followed Central Avenue in Ridgely south from MD 312, then turned east onto Sixth Street toward Greensboro. In Greensboro, MD 480 had its eastern terminus at present-day MD 314. MD 480 north to its present eastern terminus and MD 314 east across the Choptank River were originally part of MD 313.[6] When MD 313 bypassed Greensboro in 1950, MD 480 was extended north through Greensboro to its present terminus.[7] When the Ridgely Cutoff was completed in 1953, MD 312 replaced MD 480 on Central Avenue.[8][9] MD 480's western terminus was the intersection of Central Avenue and Sixth Street until MD 480 was extended west to MD 404 in Hillsboro in 1959.[10]

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Caroline County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Hillsboro 0.00 0.00 MD 404 (Shore Highway) / Ridgely Road south – Denton, Bay Bridge
Ridgely 2.50 4.02 MD 312 south (Downes Station Road) – Denton West end of concurrency with MD 312
2.90 4.67 MD 776 north (Sunset Boulevard)
3.38 5.44 MD 312 north (Central Avenue) / Central Avenue south – Oakland East end of concurrency with MD 312
Greensboro 8.21 13.21 MD 314 (Sunset Avenue) – Whiteleysburg
9.08 14.61 MD 313 (Greensboro Road) – Goldsboro
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Highway Information Services Division (December 31, 2013). Highway Location Reference. Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  2. ^ Google Inc. "Maryland Route 480". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-75.803604&sspn=0.015246,0.038581&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=12. Retrieved 2010-05-17.
  3. ^ Staff (2012). "NBI Structure Number: 100000050019010". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  4. ^ 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. 324. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  5. ^ Maryland Geological Survey. Map of Maryland Showing State Road System: State Aid Roads and Improved County Road Connections (Map) (1933 ed.).
  6. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission. General Highway Map: State of Maryland (Map) (1939 ed.).
  7. ^ 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. 110. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  8. ^ 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. 153. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  9. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission. Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1953 ed.).
  10. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission. Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1959 ed.).

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing