Maryland Route 42 (MD 42) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. Known as Friendsville Road, the state highway runs 15.06 miles (24.24 km) from U.S. Route 219 (US 219) near McHenry north to the Pennsylvania state line near Asher Glade, where the highway continues as State Route 2013 (SR 2013) in Fayette County toward Pennsylvania Route 281 (PA 281) in Markleysburg. MD 42 provides the most direct route between Friendsville and southern Garrett County. The state highway was constructed as a modern highway from Friendsville to north of Accident in the early 1920s. The remainder of the highway through Asher Glade was completed in the early 1930s. The southern terminus was shifted from Accident to McHenry in 1960.

Maryland Route 42 marker

Maryland Route 42
Friendsville Road
A map of northern Garrett County, Maryland showing major roads. Maryland Route 42 connects Friendsville with US 219 near Deep Creek Lake.
Maryland Route 42 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDSHA
Length15.06 mi[1] (24.24 km)
Existed1927–present
Tourist
routes
Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway
Major junctions
South end US 219 near McHenry
  I-68 in Friendsville
North endSR 2013 near Asher Glade
Location
CountiesGarrett
Highway system
MD 41MD 43

Route descriptionEdit

 
View north along MD 42 at I-68 near Friendsville

MD 42 begins at a tangent intersection with US 219 (Garrett Highway) at the northern edge of McHenry near Deep Creek Lake. The state highway heads north as a two-lane road. After meeting Hoyes Sang Run Road in the hamlet of Hoyes, MD 42 curves west then north again through farmland. The state highway features a pull-off for trucks to check their brakes before starting a descent with grades of up to 8%. The uphill direction has a climbing lane for part of the ascent. At the bottom of the hill, MD 42 enters the town of Friendsville and turns west. First Avenue, which is unsigned MD 742, heads north into the center of Friendsville while MD 42 bypasses the town center to the south and west.[1][2]

After crossing the Youghiogheny River, MD 42 turns northwest and meets Interstate 68 (I-68) at a diamond interchange. The entrance ramp from MD 42 to westbound I-68 forms the fourth leg of the intersection with the other end of MD 742, Maple Street, which receives the exit ramp from westbound I-68. MD 42 heads west up a creek valley to an intersection with Blooming Rose Road, then turns north and crosses Buffalo Run. Shortly after crossing Laurel Run and Glade Run, the state highway passes through the unincorporated community of Asher Glade before the highway reaches its northern terminus at the Pennsylvania state line.[1][2] The road continues north as SR 2013 (Friendsville Road) toward Markleysburg, where the highway meets PA 281.[2][3]

HistoryEdit

MD 42 originally connected Friendsville with US 219 north of Accident via Bear Creek Road instead of the current connection near McHenry.[4] The state highway was paved for about 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Friendsville in 1921.[5][6] The highway was complete to present day US 219 at the hamlet of Kaese Mill north of Accident in 1923.[7] The first section of MD 42 from Friendsville to the Pennsylvania state line was completed in 1928 from the west side of the Youghiogheny River to Blooming Rose Road.[8] The modern Maple Street bridge over the Youghiogheny River was built in 1932.[9] Construction of MD 42 from Blooming Rose Road to the state line began in 1932 and was completed in 1935.[10][11] MD 42 was transferred from its eastern terminus near Accident to a southern terminus near McHenry, following First Street north to Maple Street within Friendsville, in 1960.[12] The state highway originally followed Hoyes Road east from the crossroads in Hoyes to US 219 north of the present terminus.[13] MD 42 was shifted to its present terminus south of Hoyes around 1972.[14] The state highway was relocated in Friendsville to connect with its interchange with I-68 in 1975; First Street and Maple Street through Friendsville were designated MD 742.[15]

Junction listEdit

The entire route is in Garrett County.

Locationmi
[1]
kmDestinationsNotes
McHenry0.000.00  US 219 (Garrett Highway) – Oakland, AccidentSouthern terminus
Friendsville7.2711.70MD 742 north (First Avenue)Southern terminus of MD 742
7.6712.34  I-68 (National Freeway) – Cumberland, MorgantownI-68 Exit 4
7.8312.60MD 742 south (Maple Avenue)Northern terminus of MD 742
Asher Glade15.0624.24  SR 2013 (Friendsville Road) to PA 281 – MarkleysburgPennsylvania state line; northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routeEdit

MD 42A is a 0.02-mile (0.032 km) connector between MD 42 and MD 828A near Blooming Rose Road west of Friendsville.[1][16]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Highway Information Services Division (December 31, 2013). Highway Location Reference. Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  2. ^ a b c Google (2010-02-28). "Maryland Route 42" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  3. ^ General Highway Map: Fayette County, Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map) (2009 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-02-28.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1939). General Highway Map: State of Maryland (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission.
  5. ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1921). Map of Maryland: Showing State Road System and State Aid Roads (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey.
  6. ^ "NBI Structure Number: 200000G-0085010". National Bridge Inventory. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  7. ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1923). Map of Maryland: Showing State Road System and State Aid Roads (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey.
  8. ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1928). Map of Maryland: Showing State Road System and State Aid Roads (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey.
  9. ^ "NBI Structure Number: 100000110011010". National Bridge Inventory. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  10. ^ Byron, William D.; Lacy, Robert (December 28, 1934). Report of the State Roads Commission of Maryland (1931–1934 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 337. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  11. ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1935). Map of Maryland Showing State Road System: State Aid Roads and Improved County Road Connections (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey.
  12. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1960). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission.
  13. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1963). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission.
  14. ^ Maryland State Highway Administration (1972). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Highway Administration.
  15. ^ Maryland State Highway Administration (1975). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1975–1976 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Highway Administration.
  16. ^ Google (2010-11-02). "Maryland Route 42A" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-11-02.

External linksEdit

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