Maryland Route 560

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Maryland Route 560 marker

Maryland Route 560
A map of far western Maryland showing major roads.  Maryland Route 560 connects US 50 with MD 135 in southern Garrett County.
Maryland Route 560 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDSHA
Length: 9.32 mi[1] (15.00 km)
Existed: 1933 – present
Tourist
routes:
Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway
Major junctions
South end: US 50 in Gorman
North end: MD 135 in Mountain Lake Park
Location
Counties: Garrett
Highway system
MD 553 MD 561

Maryland Route 560 (MD 560) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. Known for most of its length as Gorman Road, the state highway runs 9.32 miles (15.00 km) from U.S. Route 50 (US 50) in Gorman north to MD 135 in Mountain Lake Park. MD 560 serves as the main street of Loch Lynn Heights. The state highway also provides a connection through southeastern Garrett County between US 50 on the east side of Backbone Mountain and the Oakland area. MD 560 was constructed from both ends beginning in the early 1930s. The northern segment was extended over Backbone Mountain in the late 1930s, but it was not until 1949 that the gap in MD 560 was filled.

Route description[edit]

View south along MD 560 at MD 135 in Mountain Lake Park

MD 560 begins at an intersection with US 50 (George Washington Highway) just west of the Potomac River and CSX's Thomas Subdivision in Gorman. After passing through the village and crossing Nydegger Run, the state highway heads north as two-lane Gorman Road through farmland. MD 560 crosses Glade Run and meets White Church Steyer Road next to the hamlet of Kearney before turning northwest and crossing Backbone Mountain at Kelso Gap. After descending the mountain, the state highway turns west toward Loch Lynn Heights. The name of MD 560 changes to Lothian Street upon entering the town limits. At Argyle Street, MD 560 veers west onto Third Street then turns north onto Paull Street. MD 560 leaves Loch Lynn Heights by crossing CSX's Mountain Subdivision at grade and enters Mountain Lake Park, where the state highway immediately reaches its northern terminus at MD 135 (Maryland Highway).[1][2]

History[edit]

MD 560 was constructed beginning in 1930 from both the Loch Lynn Heights and Gorman ends.[3] By 1933, the state highway was paved from US 50 north to Le Moyne King Road, and from MD 41 (now MD 135) south to Bethlehem Road just north of Backbone Mountain.[4] The northern section was extended over Backbone Mountain to White Church Steyer Road at Kearney by 1939.[5] MD 560 was a two-part route until the gap between Le Moyne King Road and Kearney was filled in 1949.[6][7]

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Garrett County.

Location mi
[1]
km Destinations Notes
Gorman 0.00 0.00 US 50 (George Washington Highway) – Red House, Gormania, WV Southern terminus
Mountain Lake Park 9.32 15.00 MD 135 (Maryland Highway) – Oakland, Westernport 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 2010-10-27. 
  2. ^ Google (2010-10-27). "Maryland Route 560" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  3. ^ 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. 213. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  4. ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1933). Map of Maryland Showing State Road System: State Aid Roads and Improved County Road Connections (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey. 
  5. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1939). General Highway Map: State of Maryland (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. 
  6. ^ Reindollar, Robert M.; George, Joseph M.; McCain, Russell H. (February 15, 1949). Report of the State Roads Commission of Maryland (1947–1948 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 133. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  7. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1949). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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