Ohio State Route 32

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State Route 32 marker

State Route 32
James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway
Route of SR 32 in southern Ohio highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 182.71 mi[2] (294.04 km)
Existed: 1962[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 50 in Cincinnati
East end: WV 618 on Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge in Belpre
Highway system
SR 31 SR 34
In Jackson County, State Route 32 overpasses U.S. Route 35 as State Route 93 (background) overpasses U.S. 35
In southwestern Athens County, State Route 32 is concurrent with U.S. Route 50.
U.S. Route 33 during its brief concurrency with U.S. Route 50 and State Route 32 in Athens.

State Route 32, also known as SR 32 and the James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway,[3] is a major east–west highway across the southern portion of the U.S. state of Ohio. It leads from eastern Cincinnati, near the border between the neighborhoods of Linwood, Mount Lookout, and Columbia-Tusculum, to the Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge across the Ohio River in Belpre.

Except in Belpre, leading up to the bridge into West Virginia, the entire route outside Cincinnati's beltway (Interstate 275) is a high-speed four-lane divided highway, forming the Ohio portion of Corridor D of the Appalachian Development Highway System. This corridor continues east across the Ohio River over the Blennerhassett Island Bridge.

History[edit]

The Batavia Turnpike and Miami Bridge Company was incorporated and chartered by the state of Ohio. It built a road, which was "about finished" as of 1841, beginning at the Wooster Turnpike (Eastern Avenue), crossing the Little Miami River on the Union Bridge, and turning east to Batavia.[4][5] The Ohio Turnpike to Bethel split after the Little Miami was crossed.

The passage of the McGuire Bill in 1911 led to the designation of a large number of Inter-County Highways to be maintained by the Ohio Department of Highways.[6] This network included the Cincinnati-Batavia Road (ICH 41) and Batavia-Winchester Road (ICH 125), connecting Cincinnati to Batavia, Williamsburg, Mt. Orab, Sardinia, Winchester, and beyond to an intersection with the West Union-Belfast Road (ICH 122) south of Seaman (where Graces Run Road now meets State Route 247). This entire route from Cincinnati to south of Seaman was designated and signed as State Route 74 in 1923. The route left downtown Cincinnati on Eastern Avenue, shared with State Route 7 (now U.S. Route 52) and State Route 25 (now State Route 125). SR 7 left at Davis Lane (now Airport Road), while SR 25 and SR 74 turned onto Beechmont Avenue, splitting after crossing the Little Miami River. By 1925, the east end of SR 74 had been realigned and extended, heading east from Winchester through Seaman and continuing through Peebles to State Route 73 northwest of Rarden; the old alignment (Graces Run Road) reverted to local control. Along with U.S. Route 50, US 52, and SR 125, SR 74 was moved to Columbia Parkway in the early 1940s, and in the early 1950s it was removed from downtown Cincinnati to its present terminus. Due to the existence of Interstate 74 west of Cincinnati, the number was changed to State Route 32 in 1962, with SR 74 signs being removed in June 1963 after a period of dual signage.[1]

The state relocated the road between Mount Carmel and Batavia as a four-lane divided highway in the early 1960s, several years after the parallel State Route 125 was widened (but not realigned). Because this was done before or during the renumbering, the old road here is known as Old State Route 74, rather than Old State Route 32 to the east. Improvement of the rest of the road did not take place until after it was added to the Appalachian Development Highway System in 1965.[7] This proposed Appalachian Highway—part of Corridor D—was to run across the southern part of the state from Interstate 275 outside Cincinnati to Belpre.[8] From the east end of SR 32 east of Peebles, the route was to continue northeast, joining State Route 772 near Elmgrove, and following State Route 124 beyond Jackson to Roads. After continuing northeast to Radcliff, it would parallel State Route 346 and a portion of State Route 143, merging with U.S. Route 50 west of Albany and following it past Athens and Coolville to Belpre. A never-built branch, planned as part of Corridor B,[9] would have followed State Route 73 and State Route 348 from east of Peebles to Lucasville on U.S. Route 23 (Corridor C).[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Exit Destinations Notes
Hamilton Cincinnati (Linwood) 0.00–
0.13
0.00–
0.21

US 50 (Columbia Parkway) / US 50 Truck (Eastern Avenue) / SR 561 north (Linwood Avenue) – Downtown Cincinnati
interchange; west end of SR 125 overlap
0.4 0.6 Wilmer Avenue / Wooster Road - Lunken Airport interchange
Anderson Township 1.40–
1.77
2.25–
2.85
SR 125 east (Batavia Road) interchange; east end of SR 125 overlap
Clermont Union Township 8.72–
9.20
14.03–
14.81
I‑275 to I‑71 / US 52 – Columbus, Kentucky I-275 exit 63
9.47–
9.71
15.24–
15.63
Eastgate Boulevard (CR 341) interchange
Batavia Township 12.27–
12.73
19.75–
20.49
Olive Branch–Stonelick Road (CR 99) interchange
Batavia 14.12–
14.32
22.72–
23.05
Main Street (CR 171) - Batavia interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Batavia Township 14.97–
15.27
24.09–
24.57
SR 132 / SR 222 – Batavia, Owensville interchange
18.07–
18.33
29.08–
29.50
Batavia Road (CR 368) / James Sauls Sr. Drive interchange
Williamsburg Township 19.45–
19.82
31.30–
31.90
Half Acre Road (CR 59) interchange
21.17–
21.41
34.07–
34.46
SR 133 – Williamsburg interchange
Brown Mt. Orab 28.885–
29.365
46.486–
47.258
US 68 – Mt. Orab, Fayetteville interchange
Highland
No major junctions
Brown Sardinia 35.651 57.375 SR 134 north / Purdy Road 76 – Lynchburg, Sardinia Southern terminus of SR 134
Eagle Township 41.221 66.339 US 62 – Hillsboro, Russellville, Ripley, Southern State Community College
Adams Winchester 45.85 73.79 SR 136 (Main Street) – Winchester, Cherry Fork, Manchester
Seaman 50.419 81.142 SR 247 (Main Street) – Seaman, West Union, Adams County Salamon Airport
Meigs Township 58.841 94.695 SR 41 – Peebles, West Union
Franklin Township 64.126 103.201 SR 73 – Hillsboro, Rarden
Pike Sunfish Township 76.95 123.84 SR 772 south – Rarden Western terminus of SR 772 concurrency
Newton Township 79.01 127.15 SR 124 west / SR 772 north / Tennyson Road – Latham, Pike Lake State Park Eastern terminus of SR 772 concurrency; Western terminus of SR 124 concurrency
Jasper 82.71 133.11 SR 104 – Waverly, Portsmouth
Van Meter 84.14–
84.27
135.41–
135.62
US 23 – Chillicothe, Portsmouth interchange
Seal Township 87.56 140.91 SR 220 west / Schuster Road 81 – Waverly Eastern terminus of SR 220
Marion Township 94.86 152.66 SR 335 – Beaver, Stockdale
Jackson Scioto Township 102.870 165.553 SR 776 – Jackson
Franklin Township 105.830 170.317 SR 139 – Jackson, Minford
Lick Township 108.100–
108.400
173.970–
174.453
SR 93 – Jackson, Oak Hill interchange
108.940–
109.400
175.322–
176.062
US 35 – Gallipolis, Chillicothe interchange
Milton Township 114.350–
114.800
184.028–
184.753
17 SR 327 / SR 124 east – Wellston interchange; east end of SR 124 overlap
Vinton Vinton Township 125.070 201.281 SR 160 – Hamden, Wilkesville
Meigs Columbia Township 130.990 210.808 SR 689 south / County Road 55 – Wilkesville Northern terminus of SR 689
Athens Lee Township 133.760 215.266 SR 143 – Middleport
134.780 216.907 US 50 west – McArthur, Chillicothe Western terminus of US 50 concurrency
Albany 136.91–
137.24
220.34–
220.87
SR 681 – Albany interchange
Athens 144.60–
145.31
232.71–
233.85
18 US 33 east / Richland Avenue – Pomeroy, Ravenswood interchange; west end of US 33 overlap
145.93–
146.33
234.85–
235.50
17 SR 682 north to SR 56 – Athens interchange
Athens Township 16C County Road 25 / Stimson Avenue interchange
146.65–
147.05
236.01–
236.65
16B US 33 west / State Street – Columbus interchange; east end of US 33 overlap
Canaan Township 149.54–
149.73
240.66–
240.97
East State Street (CR 40) interchange
151.93 244.51 SR 690 north – Strouds Run State Park Southern terminus of SR 690
Rome Township 156.64 252.09 SR 329 north – Stewart, Guysville Southern terminus of SR 329
Troy Township 165.92–
166.42
267.02–
267.83
SR 7 south – Pomeroy, Gallipolis interchange; west end of SR 7 overlap
167.52 269.60 SR 144 – Stewart, Hockingport
170.52 274.43 SR 124 west / CR 61 – Hockingport Eastern terminus of SR 124
Washington Belpre Township Clifton Road / Newbury Road former SR 124 west
174.368 280.618 SR 555 north – Bartlett Southern terminus of SR 555
175.163–
175.759
281.898–
282.857
SR 618 – Belpre interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
176.364–
176.903
283.830–
284.698
SR 339 – Beverly interchange
176.142–
177.223
283.473–
285.213
US 50 east – Parkersburg interchange; east end of US 50 overlap
Belpre 180.457–
181.828
290.417–
292.624
SR 7 north / Toll Bridge – Marietta, Parkersburg interchange; east end of SR 7 overlap; west end of SR 618 overlap
182.575 293.826
SR 618 west / US 50 Bus. west (Washington Boulevard)
Eastern terminus of SR 618 concurrency
182.654–
182.710
293.953–
294.043
WV 618 east to WV 68 / I‑77 – Parkersburg West Virginia state line (Parkersburg–Belpre Bridge over Ohio River)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b c Ohio maps:
  2. ^ a b "Technical Services DESTAPE (By County)". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Title 55, Chapter 5533, Section 26: James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway". Ohio Revised Code. 
  4. ^ Ford, Henry A.; Ford, A. M. & Ford, Kate B. (1881). History of Hamilton County Ohio. p. 347. 
  5. ^ Cist, Charles. Cincinnati in 1841: Its Early Annals and Future Prospects. p. 81. 
  6. ^ Staff. "History of Roadways in Ohio" (PDF). Right of Way Plan Manual (Ohio Department of Transportation). p. 3. Retrieved June 30, 2007. 
  7. ^ Dunlap, Brett (June 30, 2007). "Bridge Remains Last Major Hurdle for Corridor D". Parkersburg News and Sentinel. 
  8. ^ "175 Miles of Appalachian Road Okayed". Hillsboro Press Gazette. August 3, 1965. 
  9. ^ "Ohio Appalachian Highway Progressing; 38.5 Miles Built". Hillsboro Press Gazette. August 8, 1969.