|Outerbelt East Freeway|
|Maintained by Ohio DOT|
|Length:||46.06 mi (74.13 km)|
|Existed:||1972 – present|
|South end:||I‑71 in Medina Township|
| I‑77 / SR 21 in Richfield
I‑480 / SR 14 in Oakwood
I‑480 / US 422 in Bedford Heights
|North end:||I‑90 in Willoughby Hills|
Interstate 271 (I-271) is an auxiliary interstate highway in the suburbs of Cleveland and Akron in the U.S. state of Ohio. The highway is officially designated the Outerbelt East Freeway, but rarely referred to by that name.
The highway runs from a junction with I-71 in Medina Township to I-90 in Willoughby Hills, intersecting I-480 (and running jointly with it for a short stretch). The width varies from point to point, but is mostly four to six lanes wide south of I-480 and eight to twelve lanes wide north of I-480; there it is divided into express and local lanes.
The local-express lanes begin at the southern interchange of US-422 and continue northward slightly beyond the end of I-271. The northbound express lanes allow access to all exits (excluding Chagrin Boulevard, Harvard Road, and SR 175, a southbound-only exit). The southbound express lanes bypass all exits except for one combined exit for Chagrin Boulevard (west US-422), Harvard Road, Richmond Road (SR 175) and US-422 (east) interchange. The lanes then become the mainline of I-480N which in turn becomes I-480 westbound.
Interstate 271 does not have a direct interchange with Interstate 80 – one of only a few examples of Interstate Highways that cross but do not intersect. Another example is in Chicago where Interstate 57 crosses Interstate 294 but does not intersect with it. The 271/480 section is the only instance of a concurrency of two three-digit Interstate Highways.
For many years, the interchange with State Route 8 was only partially complete. The northbound exit and southbound entrance ramps connected with both directions of State Route 8, but southbound I-271 could only access State Route 8 southbound (though later both directions were accessible), and only northbound State Route 8 could access I-271 northbound. To compensate for the missing movements, a half-diamond was built at State Route 82. The I-271/State Route 8 interchange underwent reconstruction in 2008–2009 that turned it into a complete interchange allowing all movements.
Similarly, travelers going to and from the north on I-271 had to take surface streets to get to and from the west on I-480 in Cuyahoga County. This link is now covered by unsigned I-480N.
I-271 Rebuilding and Widening program
The need for the I-271 widening project between Miles Road and the Summit County line was identified in March 2002. Interstate 271 will be widened from two to three lanes north and southbound between Miles and Columbus Road and from three to five lanes north and southbound between Columbus and the I-480/I-271 split near the Summit County line. Construction will last two years and includes replacement of the existing pavement, noise walls, lighting and signing. A similar project to widen I-271 from two to three lanes will be constructed in Summit County between the Cuyahoga County line and SR 8 and will improve access to the Ohio Turnpike. That project is scheduled to begin in 2014 and be complete in 2016.
|Medina||Medina Township||0.00||0.00||1||I‑71 south – Columbus||Southern terminus|
|3.52||5.66||3||SR 94 (Ridge Road) to I‑71 north|
|Summit||Richfield||9.52||15.32||9||Brecksville Road to I‑77 south / SR 21 south||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|10.15||16.33||10||I‑77 / SR 21 – Cleveland, Akron, Columbus||Same-directional movements only|
|12.59||20.26||12||SR 303 (Streetsboro Road) – Richfield, Peninsula|
|Macedonia||18.44||29.68||18||SR 8 – Boston Heights, Akron|
|19.22||30.93||19||SR 82 (East Aurora Road) – Macedonia, Twinsburg||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Cuyahoga||Oakwood||21.84||35.15||21||I‑480 east / SR 14 east – Youngstown||South end of I-480 / SR 14 overlap;
southbound exit and northbound entrance
|Bedford||23.28||37.47||23||SR 14 west (Broadway Avenue) / Forbes Road||North end of SR 14 overlap|
|Bedford Heights||25.87||41.63||26A||Rockside Road||Signed as exit 26 southbound|
|25.87||41.63||26B||I‑480 west – Cleveland, Toledo||North end of I-480 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|27.01||43.47||27A||US 422 east – Warren||South end of US 422 overlap|
|27.94||44.97||27B||I‑480 west (via I-480N west) – Toledo||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|27.94||44.97||27B||Miles Road||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|28.08||45.19||28A||SR 175 (Richmond Road) / Emery Road||Southbound exit and northbound entrance;
remaining movements are via exit 27B northbound
|Beachwood||29.96||48.22||29||US 422 west / SR 87 east (Chagrin Boulevard)||North end of US 422 overlap|
|Lyndhurst||32.92||52.98||32||Cedar Road / Brainard Road|
|Mayfield Heights||34.98||56.29||34||US 322 (Mayfield Road)|
|Highland Heights||36.31||58.44||36||Wilson Mills Road|
|Lake||Willoughby Hills||40.22||64.73||–||I‑90 to SR 91 – Cleveland, Erie, PA||Northern terminus; exit 188 on I-90|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "Route Log - Auxiliary Routes of the Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 2". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- Ohio Department of Highways. "1957-1958 Biennial Report excerpt". Retrieved 2008-04-02.
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- Segall, Grant (November 4, 1998). "Orange Barrels Finally on the Way Out". The Plain Dealer. p. 1B.
- "Northern Summit County". Roadfan.com.
- State Route 8 Phase I Project Overview. State Route 8 Connection. Ohio Department of Transportation District 4.
- Armon, Rick (2009-07-30). "New Route 8 Ramp Eases Congestion". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
- "I-271 Southbound Ramp to SR-8 southbound is now OPEN". State Route 8 Connection, Ohio Department of Transportation District 4, 2009-09-04.
- "Commuters on I-271 Get Congestion Relief with Widening Project". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- Mileages retrieved from Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams