Elkton Signage Study


  • The study is completed!
  • Download a copy-  PDF – 19MB


Elkton, Maryland is a town located along the northern headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.  As a “main street community”, the town is dedicated to historic preservation of the business district and redeveloping the downtown.  Partnering with the local business community, efforts are aimed to restore, promote and maintain a diverse historic downtown while attracting new businesses.

Downtown Elkton, however, is faced with cumbersome truck traffic which erodes its quality of life.  Town officials have observed that many heavy trucks routinely use North Street (MD 268) to access US 40 and destinations further afield.  North Street is not optimized to accommodate trailer trucks, and their presence has damaged infrastructure and created noise, health and safety concerns amongst residents.

The Elkton Signage Study aims to ease truck traffic in the Town’s core by re-routing trucks without compromising the area’s economic development.  A key component of the study will focus on routing through truck trips from MD 279 to key highways, such as MD 213 and US 40, without using North Street.  Although signed truck restrictions are in place along Main Street and Delaware Avenue (MD 7), they are often violated by trucks and may require additional restrictions and enforcement.  The study also seeks to relieve congestion along an existing freight bottleneck (MD 213 to US 40) identified in the 2007 WILMAPCO Freight and Goods Movement Analysis.  The Elkton Signage Study proceeded under the close direction of a steering committee comprised of Town, County and State officials.

Tractor trucks often travel along MD 279, and sometimes turn at MD 268 to reach U.S. 40

Materials & Maps

Public Meetings

  • Mayor and Commissioners Meeting — September 2, 2009
  • Elkton Fall Festival — September 19, 2009
  • WILMAPCO Technical Advisory Committee — October 15th, 2009
  • Elkton TOD Workshop (board) — October 29, 2009
  • WILMAPCO Council Meeting — November 12, 2009  (Presentation, PDF)
  • Mayor and Commissioners Meeting — December 16, 2009 (Presentation PDF)


For more information about the Elkton Signage Study, please contact Bill Swiatek at: bswiatek@wilmapco.org

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