Maryland Route 639

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This article is about the current Maryland Route 639. For the former highway, see Maryland Route 639 (former).

Maryland Route 639 marker

Maryland Route 639
A map of central Allegany County, Maryland showing major roads.  Maryland Route 639 connects MD 51 with I-68 on the east side of Cumberland.
Maryland Route 639 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDSHA
Length: 2.79 mi[1] (4.49 km)
Existed: 1970 – present
Major junctions
South end: MD 51 in Evitts Creek
North end:
I-68 / US 40 / US 220 / US 40 Alt. in Cumberland
Location
Counties: Allegany
Highway system
MD 638 MD 640

Maryland Route 639 (MD 639) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. The state highway runs 2.79 miles (4.49 km) from MD 51 in Evitts Creek north to Interstate 68 (I-68), U.S. Route 40, US 220, and US 40 Alternate in Cumberland. MD 639 provides access to Allegany College of Maryland and Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, which opened in November 2009.[2] The Willowbrook Road portion of the state highway was constructed in the late 1960s. MD 639 was extended south to MD 51 in 2008.

Route description[edit]

MD 639 begins at an intersection with MD 51 (Oldtown Road) in Evitts Creek. The state highway heads north as two-lane Messick Road, paralleling the east side of Evitts Creek. At the northern end of Messick Road, MD 639 turns onto Williams Road, which continues to follow Evitts Creek. After crossing the creek, MD 639 turns north onto Willowbrook Road, a two-lane road that passes through two roundabouts at the entrance to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center and then enters the city limits of Cumberland. After passing the entrance to Allegany College of Maryland, MD 639 turns northwest, passing Country Club Road before reaching its northern terminus at a diamond interchange with the I-68, US 40, and US 220 (National Freeway). The roadway continues as US 40 Alternate (Baltimore Avenue), which heads toward downtown Cumberland.[1][3]

History[edit]

The first section of present day MD 639 to become a state highway was the Williams Road segment, which was designated part of MD 52 by 1939.[4] MD 52 was removed from the state highway system in 1956.[5] Willowbrook Road between I-68 and Country Club Road was improved as a county highway in 1968 concurrent with the completion of the Cumberland Thruway east of downtown Cumberland.[6] Willowbrook Road was extended on a new alignment south to Williams Road and brought into the state highway system as MD 639 in 1970.[7] In 2008, MD 639 was extended south along Williams Road and Messick Road to its present southern terminus at MD 51.[8]

Junction list[edit]

The northern roundabout at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, photographed from the seventh floor of the hospital.

The entire route is in Allegany County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Evitts Creek 0.00 0.00 MD 51 (Oldtown Road) – Cumberland, Oldtown
0.76 1.22 Williams Road east Former MD 52; MD 639 turns west on Williams Road
1.34 2.16 Williams Road west – Cumberland Former MD 52; MD 639 turns north on Willowbrook Road
Cumberland 1.56 2.51 Entrance to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center Roundabout
1.78 2.86 Entrance to Allegany College of Maryland Unsigned MD 639A
2.23 3.59 Country Club Road Unsigned MD 639B
2.79 4.49
I-68 / US 40 / US 220 (Baltimore Avenue) / US 40 Alt. west – Cumberland, Frostburg, Hagerstown
Eastern terminus of US 40 Alternate; I-68 Exit 44
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes[edit]

  • MD 639A is the designation for the 0.26-mile (0.42 km) access road from MD 639 to Allegany College of Maryland, a road that intersects itself twice.[1]
  • MD 639B is the designation for the 0.06-mile (0.097 km) section of Country Club Road between MD 639 and Old Willowbrook Road.[1][9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Highway Information Services Division (December 31, 2013). Highway Location Reference. Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  2. ^ Sawyers, Michael A. (2010-02-07). "Closed Hospitals Mean Neighborhood Changes". Cumberland Times–News (Cumberland, MD: Community Newspaper Holdings). Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  3. ^ Google, Inc. "Maryland Route 639". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=md-51+and+messick+road+evitts+creek,+md&daddr=Baltimore+Ave%2FWillowbrook+Rd&hl=en&geocode=FVunXAIdBJRO-ynDwKX1z4jKiTHOqy4xhaNK6A%3BFSAeXQIdTmZO-w&mra=ls&sll=39.641983,-78.73395&sspn=0.030337,0.077162&ie=UTF8&ll=39.641785,-78.739786&spn=0.030337,0.077162&t=h&z=14. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
  4. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission. General Highway Map: State of Maryland (Map) (1939 ed.).
  5. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission. Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1956 ed.).
  6. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission. Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1968 ed.).
  7. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission. Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1970 ed.).
  8. ^ Highway Information Services Division (December 31, 2008). Highway Location Reference. Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  9. ^ Google, Inc. "Maryland Route 639B". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Country+Club+Rd&daddr=Country+Club+Rd&hl=en&geocode=FeUOXQIdJYlO-w%3BFYoRXQIdhopO-w&mra=ls&sll=39.652904,-78.736675&sspn=0.003792,0.009645&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=19. Retrieved 2010-11-09.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

Media related to Maryland Route 639 at Wikimedia Commons