Interstate 271

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Interstate 271
Outerbelt East Freeway
Route information
Maintained by Ohio DOT
Length: 46.06 mi[1] (74.13 km)
Existed: 1972 – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑71 in Medina Township
  I‑77 / SR 21 in Richfield
I‑480 / SR 14 in Cleveland
North end: I‑90 in Willoughby Hills
Highway system
I-270 SR 273

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.

Route description[edit]

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 and only have one combined exit for Chagrin Boulevard (east US-422), Harvard Road, Richmond Road (SR 175) and US-422 (west) interchange.

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.

History[edit]

I-271/I-480 north of the Broadway/Forbes interchange in 2002

Interstate 290 was to have followed the northern end of I-271. I-271 itself was to have followed I-480N and I-480 westward to I-71.[2]

Interstate 271's express lanes were added between 1993 and 1995, with related projects continuing through 1998.[3][4]

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[5]), 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.[6][7][8]

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.[citation needed] This link is now covered by unsigned I-480N.

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[9] km Exit Destinations Notes
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 I-77.svgOH-21.svg 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
Orange 29.01 46.69 28B Harvard Road
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Route Log - Auxiliary Routes of the Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 2
  2. ^ Ohio Department of Highways. "1957-1958 Biennial Report excerpt". Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  3. ^ Thoma, Pauline (December 11, 1992). "Figgie Road Work to Begin". The Plain Dealer. p. 15C. 
  4. ^ Segall, Grant (November 4, 1998). "Orange Barrels Finally on the Way Out". The Plain Dealer. p. 1B. 
  5. ^ "Northern Summit County". Roadfan.com.
  6. ^ State Route 8 Phase I Project Overview. State Route 8 Connection. Ohio Department of Transportation District 4.
  7. ^ Armon, Rick (2009-07-30). "New Route 8 Ramp Eases Congestion". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  8. ^ "I-271 Southbound Ramp to SR-8 southbound is now OPEN". State Route 8 Connection, Ohio Department of Transportation District 4, 2009-09-04.
  9. ^ Mileages retrieved from Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing