Maryland Route 355

Maryland Route 355

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Maryland Route 355

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Maryland Route 355 is a north–south road in western central Maryland in the United States. The southern terminus of the route is at the Washington, D.C. border in Friendship Heights, Montgomery County, where it continues south as Wisconsin Avenue into Washington. The northern terminus is at an interchange with Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 40 in the city of Frederick in Frederick County. MD 355 serves as a major thoroughfare through Frederick and Montgomery counties, passing through Bethesda, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Urbana, and Frederick, roughly parallel to Interstate 270. The southern portion of the route from the D.C. border to Germantown is a suburban four- to six-lane divided highway lined with many businesses. North of Germantown, the route is predominantly a two lane rural road until it reaches Frederick, where it passes through commercial areas in the southern part of the city.

MD 355 is the original route of U.S. Route 240, which was planned in 1926 to run from Washington, D.C. north to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; however, the route was designated a part of US 15 north of Frederick. This route served as the primary connector linking Frederick and points west to Washington, D.C. In 1953, a freeway called the Washington National Pike was built for US 240 between Bethesda and Frederick, which became Interstate 70S (now I-270) with the creation of the Interstate Highway System. Meanwhile, the portion of former US 240 north of the freeway’s southern...
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