Maryland Route 506

Maryland Route 506 marker

Maryland Route 506
Sixes Road
Route information
Maintained by MDSHA
Length 3.79 mi[1] (6.10 km)
Existed 1933–present

Star-Spangled Banner Scenic Byway
Major junctions
West end MD 508 at Bowens
East end MD 2 / MD 4 near Port Republic
Counties Calvert
Highway system
MD 501 MD 508

Maryland Route 506 (MD 506) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. Known as Sixes Road, the state highway runs 3.79 miles (6.10 km) from MD 508 in Bowens east to MD 2 and MD 4 near Port Republic. MD 506 provides access to Battle Creek Cypress Swamp. The state highway was constructed from MD 2 to the swamp in the early 1930s and extended to Bowens in the late 1950s.

Route description [ edit ]

View west from the east end of MD 506 at MD 2/MD 4 near Port Republic

MD 506 begins at a four-way intersection in Bowens. Adelina Road heads north as MD 508 toward Barstow and south as a county highway toward Adelina. Sixes Road continues west as a county highway toward the Patuxent River. MD 506 heads east as a two-lane road that passes through a forested area with scattered residences. The state highway crosses Battle Creek, which flows through the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a National Natural Landmark maintained by The Nature Conservancy that contains the only stands of bald cypress on the Western Shore of Maryland. The sanctuary visitor center is located on Grays Road, which intersects MD 506 just east of Battle Creek.[2] From the swamp, MD 506 veers northeast toward its eastern terminus at MD 2 and MD 4, which run concurrently as Solomons Island Road, near Port Republic.[1][3]

History [ edit ]

MD 506 was constructed from MD 2 west to Grays Road by 1933.[4] The state highway was extended to MD 508 in 1957.[5]

Junction list [ edit ]

The entire route is in Calvert County.

Location mi [1] km Destinations Notes
Bowens 0.00 0.00 MD 508 north (Adelina Road) / Adelina Road south / Sixes Road west – Adelina, Barstow Western terminus; southern terminus of MD 508
Port Republic 3.79 6.10 MD 2 / MD 4 (Solomons Island Road) – Prince Frederick, Solomons Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b c Highway Information Services Division (December 31, 2013). Highway Location Reference. Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2011-02-21.
  2. ^ "Battle Creek Cypress Swamp". The Nature Conservancy. Archived from the original on 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2011-02-21.
  3. ^ Google (2011-02-21). "Maryland Route 506" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-02-21.
  4. ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1933). Map of Maryland Showing State Road System: State Aid Roads and Improved County Road Connections (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey.
  5. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission (1957). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission.

External links [ edit ]

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