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Maryland Route 231

Maryland Route 231 ( MD 231 ) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. The state highway runs 16.39 miles (26.38 km) from Olivers Shop Road near Hughesville east to MD 765 in Prince Frederick. MD 231 crosses the Patuxent River on the Benedict Bridge . which connects Benedict in eastern Charles County with Hallowing Point in central Calvert County. Due to the state highway serving as the sole connection between the two areas of Southern Maryland. MD 231 is part of the National Highway System between MD 5 in Hughesville and MD 2 and MD 4 in Prince Frederick. [ 2 ]


Route description [ edit ]

MD 231 begins at an intersection with Olivers Shop Road in the hamlet of Burnt Store in eastern Charles County. Olivers Shop Road connects Dentsville to the south with Bryantown to the north. MD 231 heads east as two-lane Burnt Store Road, crossing Gilbert Creek on its way to Hughesville. Within Hughesville, the state highway intersects MD 5 Business (Old Leonardtown Road), where the highway’s name changes to Prince Frederick Road. East of the village center, MD 231 meets MD 5 (Leonardtown Road) at a dumbbell interchange. In the hamlet of Patuxent. the state highway intersects MD 381 (Brandywine Road), which heads north into the southeastern corner of Prince George’s County. [ 1 ] [ 3 ]

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From Patuxent, MD 231 heads southeast through the neck of far eastern Charles County that reaches to the Patuxent River between Prince George’s County and St. Mary’s County. Before reaching the river, the state highway passes to the north of the village of Benedict. which was the site of the landing of British troops to march toward Washington prior to the Battle of Bladensburg during the War of 1812. [ 1 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] The state highway crosses the Patuxent River on the Benedict Bridge, a 3,343-foot (1,019 m) long steel beam bridge whose roadway is 24 feet (7.3 m) wide. [ 5 ] At the Patuxent River’s navigation channel, the bridge features a through steel girder swing span that has 17 feet (5.2 m) vertical clearance when closed and provides two openings with 50 feet (15 m) horizontal clearance when opened. [ 6 ]

MD 231 enters Calvert County at Hallowing Point and continues east as Hallowing Point Road, passing an industrial park and Hallowing Point Park. After intersecting MD 508 (Adelina Road), the state highway veers northeast through the village of Barstow. where the highway intersects Barstow Road, which serves the historic homes Cedar Hill and Willow Glenn. MD 231 passes the Prince Frederick campus of the College of Southern Maryland before entering Prince Frederick. The state highway meets MD 2 and MD 4, which run concurrently as Solomons Island Road, on the west side of the county seat. MD 231 continues northeast as Church Street, passing the historic home Linden. home of the Calvert County Historical Society. The state highway reaches its eastern terminus at MD 765 (Main Street), a short distance north of the county courthouse. [ 1 ] [ 3 ]

History [ edit ]

The Prince Frederick Road portion of MD 231, originally named Benedict Road, was constructed as a gravel road by 1921. [ 7 ] The Hallowing Point Road section was built in gravel around 1923. [ 8 ] Burnt Store Road was constructed of gravel starting in 1930 and was completed by 1933. [ 9 ] [ 10 ] At MD 231’s western terminus, Olivers Shop Road was originally MD 232, which ran from MD 234 at Wicomico north to what was then MD 233 (Woodville Road) north of Bryantown. [ 11 ] MD 232 was removed from the state highway system around 1989, leaving MD 231’s western terminus at a county highway. [ 12 ]

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