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Maryland Route 23 pushes east from Maryland Route 165 just south of Jarrettsville, in Harford County, as East-West Highway. This opened in 1965 as a relocation of MD 23 from Jarrettsville Road just to the north. Photo taken 08-08-2023.

The speed limit is 55 miles per hour, and this portion of MD 23 is considered a limited-access highway. This is indicated by the mile markers along the highway, reflecting the distance from its southeastern terminus at U.S. Route 1 in Hickory, and by two grade-separated crossings located ahead. Photo taken 08-08-2023.

The highway is dedicated to Gold Star Mothers of the U.S. military. Photo taken 08-08-2023.

MD 23 proceeds to enter a wooded area with guardrails on either side. Photo taken 08-08-2023.

A curve in the highway sits ahead. Photo taken 08-08-2023.

MD 23 straightens out, then crosses over Morse Road next to a VFW post. Photo taken 08-08-2023.

The highway then begins descending downward amid more trees. Photo taken 08-08-2023.

Another curve, this one to the left, is at the bottom of the hill. Photo taken 08-08-2023.

The second of East-West Highway's two overpasses is over Phillips Mill Road. This bridge is much higher and longer than the one over Morse Road. Photo taken 08-08-2023.

MD 23 starts climbing back uphill following the Phillips Mill bridge. Photo taken 08-08-2023.

The route nears the crest of the hill as still more trees surround it. Photo taken 08-08-2023.

MD 23 now approaches an at-grade intersection, the first of two unsignalized ones on this portion of the route, with High Point Road. Photo taken 08-08-2023.

High Point Road leads north a short distance to West Jarrettsville Road, and south along the western edge of Forest Hill before turning hard right and becoming Pleasantville Road, which leads generally south to Baldwin in Baltimore County. Photo taken 08-08-2023.

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