Maryland Route 186

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Maryland Route 186

Brookville Road
Maryland Route 186 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDSHA
Length1.52 mi[1] (2.45 km)
Major junctions
South endWestern Avenue at the Washington, D.C. border
North end MD 410 in Chevy Chase
CountryUnited States
Highway system
MD 185 MD 187

Maryland Route 186 (MD 186) is a state highway in Montgomery County in the U.S. state of Maryland. Known as Brookville Road, the highway runs 1.52 miles (2.45 km) from the District of Columbia boundary at Western Avenue to MD 410 within Chevy Chase. MD 186 passes through an affluent, mainly residential area in its course through the many incorporated and unincorporated areas of Chevy Chase. Brookville Road once connected Tenleytown with what is now MD 97 north of Silver Spring. MD 186 was paved over most of its course by 1910. The northernmost part of the highway was paved when MD 410 was built in the late 1920s.

Route description

View south along MD 186 at Oxford Street in Chevy Chase Village

MD 186 begins at Western Avenue on the District of Columbia boundary. The intersection is one block northeast of Chevy Chase Circle, where Western Avenue intersects Connecticut Avenue. MD 186 heads north along a narrow two-lane undivided street in the town of Chevy Chase Village. The highway has its first and second all-way stops at Melrose Street and Oxford Street, respectively. MD 186 meets the northern end of Broad Branch Road just south of its third all-way stop at Primrose Street. At Quincy Street, the highway begins to follow the boundary between Chevy Chase Village on the west and the village of Martin's Additions on the east. The route follows the boundary to Bradley Lane, which becomes MD 191 west of MD 185 (Connecticut Avenue). North of Bradley Lane, MD 186 follows the boundary between Martin's Additions and the village of Chevy Chase Section Three on the west. The highway has its fourth and fifth stops at Raymond Street and Taylor Street, respectively; the latter stop is in the middle of one block of commercial buildings on the east. MD 186 enters the village of Chevy Chase Section Five just south of Thornapple Street. The highway leaves the village and enters the unincorporated area of Chevy Chase after its sixth all-way stop at Woodbine Street. Three blocks further, MD 186 reaches its northern terminus at MD 410 (East–West Highway).[1][2]


Brookville Road dates to the 19th century as a connection between the Georgetown and Rockville Turnpike (now Wisconsin Avenue) in Tennallytown and the Union Turnpike, also known as the 7th Street Pike and now MD 97 (Georgia Avenue), north of Silver Spring.[3][4] The Union Turnpike connected Washington with Brookeville in northern Montgomery County.[5] Disjoint segments of the road's course in the District of Columbia remain as Belt Road between Chevy Chase and Tenleytown.[3] North of MD 186's terminus, the route is followed by modern MD 410 to Rock Creek, then is lost before resuming as Brookville Road in Silver Spring, which ends at Seminary Road west of MD 97.[3][4] Brookville Road was paved as a 12-foot-wide (3.7 m) macadam road by Montgomery County with state aid from Western Avenue to Thornapple Street by 1910.[6][7] MD 186 was extended north to MD 410 when that highway was built between 1928 and 1930.[8][9] Beyond widening and resurfacing, the state highway has not changed since.

Junction list

The entire route is in Montgomery County.

Chevy Chase Village0.000.00Western Avenue NW to Connecticut Avenue NWDistrict of Columbia boundary; southern terminus
Community of Chevy Chase1.522.45 MD 410 (East–West Highway) – Bethesda, Silver SpringNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c Highway Information Services Division (December 31, 2013). Highway Location Reference. Maryland State Highway Administration. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
  2. ^ Staff. Maryland General Highway Statewide Grid Map (PDF) (Map) (2013 ed.). Maryland State Highway Administration. § F11A, F11C. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
  3. ^ a b c Washington West, DC quadrangle (Map) (1885 ed.). 1:62,500. 15 Minute Series (Topographic). United States Geological Survey.
  4. ^ a b Rockville, MD quadrangle (Map) (1908 ed.). 1:62,500. 15 Minute Series (Topographic). United States Geological Survey.
  5. ^ Clark, William Bullock (1899). Report on the Highways of Maryland. Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey. p. 243. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
  6. ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1910). Map of Maryland (PDF) (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey.
  7. ^ Weller, O.E.; Parran, Thomas; Miller, W.B.; Perry, John M.; Ramsay, Andrew; Smith, J. Frank (May 1916). Annual Reports of the State Roads Commission of Maryland (1912–1915 ed.). Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. p. 124. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
  8. ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1928). Map of Maryland: Showing State Road System and State Aid Roads (PDF) (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey.
  9. ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1930). Map of Maryland Showing State Road System: State Aid Roads and Improved County Road Connections (Map). Baltimore: Maryland Geological Survey.

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