Maryland Route 715

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Maryland Route 715 marker

Maryland Route 715
Short Lane
Route information
Maintained by MDSHA
Length: 1.06 mi[1] (1.71 km)
Existed: 1943 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 40 in Aberdeen
East end: Entrance to Aberdeen Proving Ground
Highway system
MD 714 MD 716

Maryland Route 715 (MD 715) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. Known as Short Lane, the state highway runs 1.06 miles (1.71 km) from U.S. Route 40 (US 40) in Aberdeen east to an entrance to Aberdeen Proving Ground. MD 715 was constructed during World War II as a military access project. The state highway is currently being reconstructed to better handle the increased traffic brought by the BRAC process.

Route description[edit]

MD 715 begins at a modified trumpet interchange with US 40 (Philadelphia Boulevard). The state highway heads east from US 40 as a four-lane divided highway that intersects Old Philadelphia Road and the entrance to an industrial park. MD 715 crosses the Amtrak Northeast Corridor and MARC's Penn Line and reaches its eastern terminus at an entrance to Aberdeen Proving Ground.[1][2]

History[edit]

MD 715 was constructed as a military access project under the Defense Highway Act of 1941 along the alignment of the Boothby Hill Road.[3] The state highway, including the interchange with US 40 and the overpass of the railroad tracks, was completed as a divided highway in 1943 and marked as MD 715 by 1946.[4][5][6] The bridges over US 40 and the railroad tracks were replaced or reconstructed in 1985.[7][4]

Future[edit]

MD 715 is presently being reconstructed to handle the increased traffic at Aberdeen Proving Ground as a result of the BRAC process. The partial interchange at US 40 will be expanded to a full interchange, the intersection with Old Philadelphia Road will be improved, and MD 715 will be expanded to six lanes. Construction began in October 2010 and is expected to conclude in 2013.[8][9]

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Aberdeen, Harford County.

Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 US 40 (Philadelphia Boulevard) / Hickory Drive – Havre de Grace, Baltimore Western terminus; partial cloverleaf interchange
0.51 0.82 Old Philadelphia Road Old alignment of US 40; former MD 7
1.06 1.71 Entrance to Aberdeen Proving Ground Eastern 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, 2013). Highway Location Reference. Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  2. ^ Google Inc. "Maryland Route 715". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Maryland+Blvd%2FMD-715+E%2FShort+Ln&hl=en&geocode=FfKeWgId9n51-w%3BFdSNWgIdkrh1-w&mra=ls&sll=39.492417,-76.183019&sspn=0.015201,0.038581&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=16. Retrieved 2010-03-24.
  3. ^ Whitman, Ezra B.; Webb, P. Watson; Thomas, W. Frank (March 15, 1943). Report of the State Roads Commission of Maryland (1941–1942 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 90. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  4. ^ a b Staff (2012). "NBI Structure Number: 100000120058013". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  5. ^ 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. 48. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  6. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission. Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1946–47 ed.).
  7. ^ Staff (2012). "NBI Structure Number: 100000120023010". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  8. ^ "Project Information: US 0040 PULASKI HIGHWAY US 40 AT MD 715 INTERCHANGE". Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  9. ^ "Lt. Governor Brown joins officials to break ground on $42.6 million BRAC project in Aberdeen". Aberdeen, MD: Maryland State Highway Administration. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing