Maryland Route 208

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Maryland Route 208 marker

Maryland Route 208
Maryland Route 208 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDSHA and Town of Brentwood
Length: 1.86 mi[1] (2.99 km)
Existed: 1927 – present
Major junctions
South end:
US 1 Alt. in Cottage City
  US 1 in Brentwood
North end: MD 500 in Hyattsville
Location
Counties: Prince George's
Highway system
MD 202 MD 210

Maryland Route 208 (MD 208) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. The highway runs 1.82 miles (2.93 km) from U.S. Route 1 Alternate (US 1 Alternate) in Cottage City north to MD 500 in Hyattsville. MD 208 connects the northwestern Prince George's County suburbs of Cottage City, Colmar Manor, Brentwood, and Hyattsville. The highway was built in the late 1910s and early 1920s and originally passed through Mount Rainier. The portion of MD 208 between US 1 Alternate and US 1 was originally MD 206; the northern portion of the highway was originally part of MD 209 and then MD 410. MD 208 was extended to MD 500 and removed from Mount Rainier in the late 1950s, and extended south through Cottage City around 1970.

Route description[edit]

MD 208 begins as 38th Avenue as its intersection with US 1 Alternate (Bladensburg Road), which forms the border between the towns of Cottage City and Colmar Manor. The state highway heads northwest as a two-lane road through Cottage City and crosses over CSX's Capital Subdivision, which carries MARC's Camden Line. At the railroad bridge, MD 208 enters the town of Brentwood and its name changes to 38th Street, which intersects US 1 (Rhode Island Avenue). The highway continues north through Brentwood as a municipally maintained street. State maintenance resumes at MD 208's bridge across the Northwest Branch Anacostia River, where the highway leaves Brentwood and enters the city of Hyattsville. There, the state highway turns west onto Hamilton Street. MD 208 expands to a four-lane undivided highway shortly before it reaches its northern terminus at MD 500 (Queens Chapel Road). Hamilton Avenue continues straight to provide access to Ager Road and the West Hyattsville station on the Washington Metro's Green Line.[1][2]

History[edit]

The first portion of what is now MD 208 was paved between Bladensburg Road and Rhode Island Avenue between 1916 and 1919.[3] This 1-mile-long (1.6 km) concrete road included Rhode Island Avenue from 38th Street to 34th Street in Mount Rainier and part of 34th Street to the north.[3][4] The segment of 38th Street between US 1 and US 1 Alternate was originally part of MD 206.[5] By 1921, the concrete road was extended north to Hamilton Street.[4] The portion of Hamilton Street from 38th Street west to Queens Chapel Road was paved in concrete by 1923.[6] MD 208 originally began in Mount Rainier at Rhode Island Avenue, which was MD 411 before it became part of US 1. The highway followed 34th Street north to Taylor Street, followed that east into Brentwood to 37th Street, took that north to Windom Road, and rejoined the modern route of MD 208 at 38th Street.[7]

The portion of Hamilton Street now used by MD 208 was originally part of MD 209.[8] By 1946, MD 209 was replaced with an eastward extension of MD 410.[9] This portion of Hamilton Street was widened and resurfaced with bituminous concrete in 1949.[10] MD 208 itself was widened and resurfaced along its entire length in 1954.[11] MD 208's modern bridge across the B&O Railroad (now CSX) was built in 1954 and 1955.[12][13] The highway's bridge across Northwest Branch, which had been built in 1932, was raised to a higher level in 1956.[14][15] When MD 410 was relocated to its present alignment through Riverdale Park in 1956, MD 208 was extended west to its present terminus at MD 500.[16] MD 208 was removed from Mount Rainier in favor of its present route through Brentwood by 1960.[17] MD 208 was extended south along the route of MD 206 in 1970.[18]

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Prince George's County.

Location mi
[1]
km Destinations Notes
Cottage City 0.00 0.00
US 1 Alt. (Baltimore Avenue) – Bladensburg, Hyattsville
Southern terminus
Brentwood 0.40 0.64 US 1 (Rhode Island Avenue) – Hyattsville, Mount Rainier
Hyattsville 1.86 2.99 MD 500 (Queens Chapel Road) / Hamilton Street west – Hyattsville, Mount Rainier 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, 2013). Highway Location Reference. Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  2. ^ Google (2013-07-04). "Maryland Route 208" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b Zouck, Frank H.; Uhl, G. Clinton; Mudd, John F. (January 1920). "Annual Reports of the State Roads Commission of Maryland" (1916–1919 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 31. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  4. ^ a b Maryland Geological Survey (1921). Map of Maryland: Showing State Road System and State Aid Roads (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey. 
  5. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1963). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. 
  6. ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1923). Map of Maryland: Showing State Road System and State Aid Roads (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey. 
  7. ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1933). Map of Maryland Showing State Road System: State Aid Roads and Improved County Road Connections (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey. 
  8. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1939). General Highway Map: State of Maryland (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. 
  9. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1946). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1946–47 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. 
  10. ^ 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. 152. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  11. ^ 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. 163. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  12. ^ Bonnell, Robert O.; Bennett, Edgar T.; McMullen, John J. (November 2, 1956). "Report of the State Roads Commission of Maryland" (1955–1956 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 152. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  13. ^ Staff (2012). "NBI Structure Number: 100000160033010". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  14. ^ Bonnell, Robert O.; Bennett, Edgar T.; McMullen, John J. (December 15, 1958). "Report of the State Roads Commission of Maryland" (1957–1958 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 52. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  15. ^ Staff (2012). "NBI Structure Number: 100000160034010". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  16. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1956). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. 
  17. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1960). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. 
  18. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1970). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing