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Maryland Route 322

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Existed:  1965 – present
North end:  US 50 north of Easton
Length  8.24 km
County  Talbot County
South end:  US 50 south of Easton
Counties:  Talbot
Constructed  1965
Maryland Route 322
Tourist routes:  Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway

Maryland Route 322 (MD 322) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. Known as Easton Parkway, the highway runs 5.12 miles (8.24 km) on the west side of Easton between two junctions with U.S. Route 50 (US 50). MD 322 serves as a bypass of downtown Easton for traffic between US 50 and highways to western Talbot County, including MD 33 toward Saint Michaels and MD 333 toward Oxford. Easton Parkway was constructed in the mid to late 1960s. The state highway was originally designated as part of MD 33; MD 322 became the sole designation on the bypass in 1978.

Contents

Map of MD-322, Easton, MD 21601, USA

Route description

MD 322 begins at a directional intersection with US 50 (Ocean Gateway) south of Easton; there is no direct access from southbound MD 322 to westbound US 50. MD 322 heads north as a four-lane divided highway to MD 565 (Washington Street). Beyond this intersection, the state highway reduces to two lanes, curves to the northwest, and crosses Paper Mill Pond. MD 332 parallels the pond through the highway's intersection with MD 333, which heads southwest as Oxford Road and northeast as Peach Blossom Road. After the pond turns west, the state highway intersects Port Street, which heads east toward downtown Easton as MD 334 and west as a county highway into the Easton Point industrial area.

MD 322 temporarily expands to a four-lane undivided highway at its intersection with MD 33, which heads east as Bay Street toward downtown Easton and west as St. Michaels Road. The MD 322–MD 33 intersection lies on a crossing of Tanyard Creek just east of its confluence with an unnamed creek to form the North Fork of the Tred Avon River. MD 322 continues northeast past several shopping centers and industrial parks between MD 33 and Glebe Road. Near its northern terminus, the state highway meets the northern end of Washington Street and Airpark Drive, which immediately has an intersection with MD 662 (Centreville Road) before entering an industrial park adjacent to Easton Airport. MD 322 reaches its northern terminus at a directional intersection with US 50.

MD 322 is a part of the National Highway System as a principal arterial for its entire length.

History

Easton Parkway was constructed as a way for traffic from Oxford and Saint Michaels to access points north and south via US 50 without having to travel through downtown Easton. The first section of the state highway was completed in 1965 from the present intersection with MD 33 north to US 50. MD 33 was removed from Bay Street and Washington Street north of downtown Easton and placed on the first section of Easton Parkway. The highway was extended south to MD 333 in 1966. The remainder of the highway south to US 50 was completed in 1970. The MD 322 designation was originally applied to the southern part of the parkway as well as Bay Street. MD 33 and MD 322 were reassigned to their present lengths of highway in 1978.

Junction list

The entire route is in Easton, Talbot County.

Auxiliary routes

  • MD 322A is the designation for the unnamed 0.07-mile (0.11 km) ramp from eastbound US 50 to northbound MD 322 south of Easton.
  • MD 322B is the designation for the 0.03-mile (0.048 km) section of Airpark Drive between MD 322 and MD 662 north of Easton.
  • References

    Maryland Route 322 Wikipedia


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