Maryland Roads - MD 7

Two for one in the same EB photo. EB, not NB.

WB on the longest continuous stretch of MD 7. MD 7 is old US 40, so where the new road overlaps the old, MD 7 disappears in a de facto multiplex. This happens in Aberdeen, crossing from Havre de Grace to Perryville, and twice more after that.

Speaking of Aberdeen, I'm heading EB toward a railroad overpass, and of course that means there's an original US 40 at-grade railroad crossing since closed off. It's called Sickle Lane.

One look west from Sickle Lane onto modern MD 7, tracing the original National Road route, and then heading east to the looped end near the tracks. You can make out traces of the old double-yellow striping, so the overpass must be fairly new. (Most likely, the striping was added when the road was cut off and then neglected, as opposed to predating the cutoff.)

Past Old Bay Lane to Bloomsbury Ave. at Revolution St. (MD 7) in Havre de Grace. One of the only white stripes still standing in as a centerline.

Looking east toward Perryville from Havre de Grace. US 40 used to cross on a converted railroad bridge just south of this one, further converted to double-decker but never adequate for the traffic (especially truck) demands on it. This east-facing vantage point is actually from MD 7 West, because it has to come out backward on Otsego St. from US 40 to get to its original routing on Union Ave. (the N-S connection from the old bridge to the E-W road).

The eastern and western faces of Rodgers' Tavern at the end of the road in Perryville.

The eastern and western faces of the sign in front of the tavern, old and embossed but gloriously repainted.

The eastern and western faces of another sign just down from the tavern.

Same deal a fourth time, curving around toward the Perry Point VA Medical Center (VA as in Veterans' Affairs, not Virginia).

Looking west from there across the Susquehanna River to Havre de Grace. The original US 40 bridge was on the other side of the railroad bridge.

Detail of the underside of the trestle. The bright yellow bits are a walkway, but there's no remotely legitimate way to get up there without a permit or key.

After all that hype, here are the remains of the old bridge, marching tirelessly through the water to the other side, broken only where the old draw span was.

Generic sights in that immediate area.

A barge floats down the Susquehanna to the south.

Heading west from North East, which is toward the south center of northeastern Maryland, then jumping segments to Firestone Rd. in Perryville. Not Ikea Way, although that's the best product placement anyone could ask for. There's not even an Ikea there, just a warehouse. The railroad overpass is barely wide enough for two cars, so here we wait for the other side.

Looking east at the Northeast Creek Bridge just west of North East and MD 272. Why is the town two words and the creek one? Why is the fisherman standing within inches of traffic? Others went down to the water where there's less death awaiting.

I, too, go down to the water.

The stub of Old Philadelphia Rd. as MD 7 EB turns to meet US 40 at a 90-degree angle.

EB on Church St. in Elkton, MD 7 EB but not WB because it was converted to a one-way street. MD 7 WB traffic follows parallel Howard St.

A funky, seemingly town-erected sign on what is supposed to be MD 7 WB at South St.

WB entering Elkton. The white one-piece assembly is a quite old way of signing routes - the new way uses a black background and you won't see it on a standalone assembly (in general), only a signal pole.

Onto old MD 7 (MD 267)
Onto modern US 40

Onto I-695
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