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Piney Grove, MD

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A Brief History

Scenic US 40 is the old US 40/National Road in the part of the Maryland panhandle near Piney Grove. Other sections became Alternate US 40 or MD 144, but the section between Exits 62 and 77 of the new US 40 (also, Interstate 68) was designated "Scenic" because of the very mountainous terrain the road traverses. Only one other Scenic US route has been designated: Scenic US 412 in Oklahoma. Like I-68/US 40, Scenic US 40 climbs over Sideling Hill in a very steep and windy alignment full of warning signs for trucks. Scenic US 40 is still known locally as the National Road.

Eastern End | Western End

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Eastern End · I-68/US 40 & MD 144, 4 miles west of Hancock


Timothy Reichard 8/25/02

Westbound on I-68/US 40 at Exit 77. Scenic US 40 begins at this interchange, and MD 144 ends. Each parallels I-68/US 40 on the old US 40 alignment.

Aerial photo (Terraserver/USGS, 1996): The eastern end interchange of Scenic US 40.

 

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Western End · I-68/US 40 & MD 144, 7 miles west of Piney Grove


Timothy Reichard 8/25/02

Further eastbound on I-68/US 40 at the other end of Scenic US 40. MD 144 begins at this interchange and continues on the old US 40 alignment westward toward Cumberland (where old US 40 becomes yet another route, Alternate US 40).

Aerial photo (Terraserver/USGS, 1993): The western end interchange of Scenic US 40 and US 40.

 

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