Maryland Route 161
Maryland Route 161 highlighted in red
|Maintained by MDSHA|
|Length||5.38 mi (8.66 km)|
|Existed||1927 – present|
|Lower Susquehanna Scenic Byway|
|South end||MD 155 in Hopewell Village|
|MD 623 in Darlington|
|North end||US 1 in Darlington|
Maryland Route 161 (MD 161) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. The state highway runs 5.38 miles (8.66 km) from MD 155 in Hopewell Village north to U.S. Route 1 (US 1) in Darlington. MD 161 connects Havre de Grace with Susquehanna State Park and northeastern Harford County. The state highway was mostly constructed in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
MD 161 begins at an intersection with MD 155 (Level Road) in Hopewell Village, which is also known as Level. The state highway heads north as two-lane Darlington Road through farmland. A short distance north of MD 155, MD 161 intersects Rock Run Road, which heads northeast toward Susquehanna State Park. After passing through the Silver Houses Historic District, the state highway crosses Deer Creek. At Trappe Church Road, MD 161's name changes to Main Street and the highway passes through the village of Darlington, which is contained within its own historic district. At the north end of the village, the state highway meets the southern end of MD 623 (Castleton Road) and passes the Deer Creek Friends Meetinghouse before reaching its northern terminus at US 1 (Conowingo Road).
The first section of MD 161 to be improved was 1 mile (1.6 km) of macadam road from Shuresville Road in Darlington south to Price Road built by 1910. Two sections of macadam road were constructed in 1928. One segment was constructed from Shuresville Road in Darlington north to US 1. The other section was built from the modern intersection of MD 155 and MD 156 northwest to Hopewell Village, along the path of what is now MD 155. The next portion of MD 161 constructed was a concrete road from Level to Harmony Church Road in 1929 and 1930. The gap between Harmony Church Road and Price Road was filled with a concrete road between 1930 and 1932, a project that included a new bridge over Deer Creek.
The entire route is in Harford County.
|Hopewell Village||0.00||0.00||MD 155 (Level Road) to I-95 – Havre de Grace, Churchville||Southern terminus|
|Darlington||5.17||8.32||MD 623 north (Castleton Road) – Castleton|
|5.38||8.66||US 1 (Conowingo Road) – Bel Air, Rising Sun||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Highway Information Services Division (December 31, 2013). Highway Location Reference. Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
- Harford County (PDF)
- Google (2011-03-03). "Maryland Route 161" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
- Maryland Geological Survey (1910). Map of Maryland (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey.
- Maryland Geological Survey (1928). Map of Maryland: Showing State Road System and State Aid Roads (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey.
- 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. 214. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
- Maryland Geological Survey (1930). Map of Maryland Showing State Road System: State Aid Roads and Improved County Road Connections (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey.
- Maryland Geological Survey (1933). Map of Maryland Showing State Road System: State Aid Roads and Improved County Road Connections (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey.
- Byron, William D.; Lacy, Robert (December 28, 1934). Report of the State Roads Commission of Maryland (1931–1934 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
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Route map: Google