Part Of Defense Highway Will Be Renamed After Retired Politician: Report


The Capital reported on Oct. 18 that part of Defense Highway in Crofton will be renamed after former Republican state Sen. Ed Reilly of District 33. A Route 450 road sign is pictured above. (Google Maps)

CROFTON, MD - A Crofton stretch of Defense Highway, also known as Maryland Route 450, will be renamed after former Republican state Sen. Ed Reilly, The Capital reported on Oct. 18. The newspaper said the 2-mile dedicated section will run from Maryland Route 3, also known as Crain Highway, in the west to Maryland Route 424, also known as Davidsonville Road, in the east.

The Capital said Reilly, who represented the area until he retired this year after redistricting, worked on flooding solutions for this section of roadway in 2018 and 2019. The newspaper additionally highlighted his fight against noise pollution from airplanes departing from and landing at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Capital also said Reilly was criticized for supporting the teaching of menstrual period tracking in health education and threatening to pull a bill supported by a donor to his political opponent.

"Having a sign dedicated to him will ensure he is honored, and that the public never forgets a great man," fellow Republican state Sen. Bryan Simonaire said of Reilly after nominating him for the dedication, according to The Capital. "When Ed retired, I lost a good friend in the Senate and the state lost an effective leader."

To learn more about Reilly's career and the road renaming, read The Capital's full story. This article is only available to subscribers, however.

Anybody with an Anne Arundel County Public Library card can read the story by searching "Ed Reilly" at this link.

This map shows the stretch of road that will be named after Reilly.

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