Maryland Roads - MD 2



Above: Hughes St. WB at Hanover St., both MD 2 SB. Baltimore has a lot more shields with the proper state name and with a lot more age.


Leaving MD 4, MD 2 SB is still right next to it for a short distance. It looks ludicrous alone in such a large shield that can fit the "2-4" so easily.


This sign is conveniently located in a pullout so you can photograph it.


MD 4 crosses the Patuxent River and continues alone.


MD 2 SB joins 4 for awhile, and like US 1-9 in NJ, this is considered notable enough that the two routes are included in one shield. It's sure easier when they're both single digits. MD 2 then leaves MD 4 by making a left, but when you're in the left lane making your left turn, you kind of expect the arrow in front of you to also point to the left. It would help prevent problems.


MD 2 SB jogs west on US 50/US 301 to avoid Annapolis, and here turns onto Solomons Island Rd. just after heading off Exit 23. Except it actually jogs south in the US 301 world. Very few signs acknowledge that for the length of the duplex, and some omit the 301 shield completely (just like in the lower left corner), even though it's been around for more than 50 years!


MD 648 traces the original Ritchie Highway, the old routing of MD 2, from Balto to Annap. It also extends from Annapolis to Baltimore, but signs don't really tell you that.


NB at I-895B, officially. Unofficially, it's just a long ramp connecting to the Harbor Tunnel Freeway, and has some ugly shields on it.


Maryland likes to group route numbers together. The first photo is at MD 170, and both are SB in Brooklyn Park. MD 173 also lurks nearby.


Leaving Baltimore on the 1916 Hanover Street Bridge across the Patapsco River. The drawbridge has been defiled by improper bicycle signs - they should be white on green.


A few NB photos, including the bridge plate, and looking west at the elevated I-95/395 interchange above Baltimore Harbor.


SB past the shield atop the page but clearly still in Baltimore. I haven't seen shields like these outside the city, and by far most of the ones left are on this route.


Here are a few in the NB direction, starting at McComas (not W. M. Coma) St.


A couple of SB trailblazers, the first at Pratt St. I believe and the second at Key Highway. The outline is correct, and the paint is definitely not.


NB non-shields, with the second one at MD 2's left turn onto Light St.


Nothing's new in this part of Baltimore, apparently. That overpass is the Orleans St. viaduct carrying US 40, and these photos start at the top of MD 2 and head south.


NB into the heart of the city at Lombard St., with one last old shield just below the oddly shaped I-395 to round out this page.


Before there's MD 2, there's St. Paul Street, SB at North Ave. (US 1) where 2 begins. St. Mark's Lutheran Church is on the corner.

Onto MD 648, former MD 2

Onto MD 4
Onto US 50/301
Onto I-97
Onto I-895
Onto MD 170
Onto I-695
To I-83
To I-95
Onto US 40
To I-395
Onto US 1
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