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U.S. Route 40 east - East Baltimore to Delaware line
U.S. Route 40 east - East Baltimore to Delaware line
Just past its eastern interchange with the Interstate 695 Baltimore Beltway in Rosedale, U.S. Route 40, known here as Pulaski Highway, passes through the crowded Golden Ring retail complex. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
The route now approaches Rossville Boulevard, which serves interests to the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County and to Franklin Square hospital. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Just further ahead, US 40 crosses over a CSX freight line, which from here on runs along the north side of the highway. Pulaski Highway lasts from east Baltimore at Orleans Street all the way to U.S. Route 13 in New Castle, Delaware. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
This is followed by a ramp to Maryland Route 700, Martin Boulevard toward Eastern Boulevard (MD 150) in Middle River and the same-name Martin State Airport. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
MD 700 crosses over here. Pulaski Highway has multiple trumpet interchanges at which state routes terminate; these formerly included ones at routes 43 in White Marsh and 715 in Aberdeen, both featured and explained below. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Maryland Route 43, White Marsh Boulevard, sits three miles ahead; it is posted this far in advance because it is an important link between White Marsh and Middle River, and is one of the more heavily-traveled access points to Interstate 95 from US 40. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
The posted speed limit is now 55 miles per hour. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Coming up is a traffic signal at Middle River Road. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Middle River Road serves some of the more residential areas of the same-name CDP. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
The Harford County communities of Joppatowne and Aberdeen respectively sit 8 and 19 miles away from this point. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
US 40 then intersects Campbell Boulevard, which exists in two discontinous segments - this one connecting with MD 43 right around the White Marsh/Middle River line. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
The highway now forges northeastward, with the speed limit still 55. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
As a bike lane opens up, a forthcoming intersection with Reames Road is announced - the State Highway Administration loves to post signs like this with no indication of intersection type or in which direction the road goes. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
MD 43's interchange sits half a mile ahead. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
As mentioned above, I-95 is a quick jaunt west on MD 43 - since the 2014 opening of the first stage of I-95's express toll lanes, it has been an elaborate eight-ramp interchange with separate offramps for both the express and regular lanes, and can be seen as a modified version of I-95's current Beltway interchange one exit to the south. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
The White Marsh Town Center can be reached via MD 43 west to Honeygo Boulevard, the first signal after I-95. Also in that hub is an MTA commuter lot - the webmaster rode an MTA bus from there to Camden Yards for a 2001 Baltimore Orioles game. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
"Next right...". Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Here is the ramp to MD 43 from eastbound US 40. A traffic signal sits at the end of the opposite-direction ramp (43 to 40). Known as White Marsh Boulevard, MD 43 links the areas of Parkville at I-695 and Middle River at MD 150, next to the Martin Airport station. MD 43's eastern terminus was once here; the Middle River extension opened in the fall of 2006. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Each carriageway of MD 43 crosses US 40 here. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
The Hammerman area of Gunpowder Falls State Park is next right, on Ebenezer Road to Graces Quarters Road in the Chase area. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
An all-Harford County mileage sign follows the Ebenezer light - Joppatowne, Edgewood and Aberdeen are 5, 9 and 17 miles away. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Stevens Road is the next intersection on tap; it is a short connector which, via a right turn in this direction, leads to Days Cove. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Allender Road sits just beyond. This sign is situated across from the busy White Marsh Truck Stop. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
The Allender light. A left turn here leads you to a fork in the road at which you can either connect with what becomes Forge Road to reach U.S. Route 1 on the north side of Perry Hall, or bear right onto the remainder of Allender toward Maryland Route 7. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
US 40 reassurance follows. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Days Cove Road represents US 40's final traffic signal in Baltimore County; it leads to Loreley Road as well as the White Marsh facility of the Baltimore County landfill. Reports of Harford County's Scarboro landfill being shuttered and consolidated with the White Marsh landfill in the mid-2010s amounted to nothing. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
The Days Cove light, one of Maryland's newer-styled traffic signals. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Joppatowne and Aberdeen are now 4 and 15 miles ahead, Joppatowne's center via one county road. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Roadwork was being done on each Gunpowder Falls bridge at the time of these photos. This one is located amid US 40's downhill approach to the Baltimore-Harford county line. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
This particular work zone speed limit, on approach to the Big Gunpowder Falls bridge, is 50 miles per hour. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
At the Big Gunpowder bridge, one lane in each direction of the highway was blocked off by a concrete barrier as part of the roadwork. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
This is followed by a lane shift as more work lies just ahead. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Past this work area - at the Little Gunpowder Falls bridge, which marks US 40's entry into Harford County - movements return to normal. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
These usually-broken lane lines, next to the Joppa Market Place shopping center, are temporarily painted solid owing to this segment of US 40's construction zone status. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
US 40's first traffic signal in Harford County is at Joppa Farm Road - a right turn here takes you into Joppatowne, a post-World War II bedroom community whose development increased following the emergence of Columbia to the southwest. "Joppa" and "Joppatowne" are often used interchangeably locally, but "Joppatowne" more specifically refers to that residential area, whereas "Joppa" more accurately comprises the rural areas to the north of it, and is the mailing address for the ZIP code, 21085, which covers both areas. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Past Joppa Farm, the highway climbs slightly uphill and curves rightward, as a landscaped, stone-edged median appears. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Joppa Road, not to be confused with the same-name Baltimore County thoroughfare, follows; at that intersection is a displaced Sheetz station. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Following that light, the median becomes a more narrow, traditional concrete one. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
The route intersects Maryland Route 152 - Magnolia Road to the right, and Mountain Road left - just ahead. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
A different area of the Gunpowder Falls State Park, this one the Jerusalem Village and accompanying recreation fields, can be reached through MD 152 northbound. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
MD 152 north leads to I-95, toward US 1 and the Fallston area. On the near-right corner of the intersection going in this direction sits what is now a location of Hip Hop Fish and Chicken, a popular urban local food spot in the Baltimore metro. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Just past that intersection, US 40 transitions from Joppa into Edgewood, and the southern precinct of the Harford County Sheriff's Office sits to the right. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Woodbridge Center Way and Business Center Way intersect ahead, at the bottom of a preceding hill. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Meanwhile, a junction with Maryland Route 755, which leads into the designated center of Edgewood, is a mile ahead, Aberdeen 9 miles and, in its first inclusion on a sign, Philadelphia is indirectly a 74-mile drive away. Photo taken 01-06-2022.
Woodbridge Center Way leads to the shopping center of the same name, which has been without a proper anchor since the 2015 closure of the Mars grocery store. Photo taken 01-06-2022.