Interstate 280 (Ohio)

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Interstate 280 marker

Interstate 280
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 12.41 mi[1] (19.97 km)
Major junctions
South end: I‑80 / I‑90 / Ohio Turnpike / SR 420 in Lake Township
  SR 2 in Oregon
North end: I‑75 in Toledo
Highway system
SR 279 SR 281

Interstate 280 (I-280) is a 12.41-mile-long highway that connects I-75 in northeast Toledo, Ohio with I-80/I-90 (part of the Ohio Turnpike) southeast of the city in northeastern Wood County, Ohio.

Route description[edit]

I-280 northbound at exit 1B (Bahnsen Road) in Lake Township

The southern end of I-280 is an interchange in Wood County with exit  71 along the Ohio Turnpike's (I-80/I-90). South of this interchange, the I-280 freeway transitions to State Route 420 (SR 420), a divided highway without access control, that also provides access to a truck stop and other businesses. Continuing north, I-280 runs through farm land and through an interchange with Bahnsen Road, which also provides access to other motorist- and trucking-related businesses. North of the SR 795 interchange, the freeway turns to the northwest. At the Walbridge Road interchange in Walbridge, Ohio, I-280 turns back due north. On either side of the Interstate, the surroundings transition from farms to residential subdivisions. I-280 crosses the rail line used by the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited passenger train routes operated by Amtrak. North of this crossing, the freeway passes into Lucas County.[2][3]

I-280 turns northwesterly again in the city of Oregon. This area is suburban residential neighborhoods as the freeway approaches the Maumee River. The Interstate crosses the river on the Veterans' Glass City Skyway, an 8,800-foot (2,700 m), cable-stayed bridge. On the opposite bank of the river, I-280 turns northward and passes through an intersection with SR 25. There is one final interchange with I-75 where I-280 terminates.[2][3]


The highway that would eventually carry I-280, the Detroit-Toledo Expressway,[4] opened as a relocated SR 120 between US 20 and SR 51 by 1955.[5] The highway was extended to Summit Street in Toledo by 1957,[6] and by 1959 was extended into Michigan.[7] By this time, the I-280 designation had been added,[7] but the portion carrying I-280 was not fully converted to Interstate standards until 1990.[4]

Initially, the freeway had several at-grade intersections with crossroads: Hanley and Latcha roads near Perrysburg; Ayers, Lemoyne, and Walbridge roads near Walbridge; and Curtice Road in Northwood. The Walbridge intersection was later upgraded to a traffic signal, one of the few on the Interstate Highway System at the time, while the interesection underwent study for conversion to an interchange.[8] Hanley and Latcha roads were truncated to dead-end just before the freeway, but access to both roads was retained by construction of a new interchange and service drives in the early 1970s; the Ayers and Lemoyne crossings were also upgraded to overpasses at this point. The removal of direct access to Hanley and Latcha was originally disputed by business owners who owned motels and gas stations along those roads.[9] The crossing at Curtice Road was upgraded to an interchange concurrently with the upgrade of the nearby interchange with Woodville Road.[10]

The freeway was originally carried across the Maumee River by the Craig Memorial Bridge, a drawbridge that frequently caused backups along the route. In addition, a ramp leading from northbound Summit Street directly onto the bridge lacked sufficient acceleration room, so it was removed in the mid-1990s.[11] On June 24, 2007, the Veterans' Glass City Skyway opened, replacing the drawbridge. After the Glass City Skyway opened, the Craig Bridge was reconstructed, and it now carries SR 65. Its construction also led to the reconstruction of the Front Street exit, and removal of the Summit Street interchange entirely; access from I-280 to Summit Street is now provided by the Front Street exit and the Craig Bridge.

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi[12][13] km Exit Destinations Notes
Wood Lake Township 0.00 0.00 SR 420 south Continuation beyond southern terminus
0.00 0.00 1A I‑80 / I‑90 / Ohio Turnpike – Cleveland, Chicago Southern terminus; Ohio Turnpike exit 71
0.72 1.16 1B Bahnsen Road Connects to Hanley and Latcha roads
2.29 3.69 2 SR 795 (Moline–Martin Road) – Perrysburg
Walbridge 4.52 7.27 4 Walbridge
Northwood 6.04 9.72 6 SR 51 (Woodville Road) / Curtice Road Signed as 6A (SR 51) and 6B (Curtice Road); Curtice Road interchange added to existing Woodville Road interchange c. 1991[14]
Lucas Oregon 8.24 13.26 7 SR 2 (Navarre Avenue) – Oregon Exit also connects to Wheeling Street
Toledo 8.83 14.21 8 Starr Avenue No southbound entrance; northbound exit via service drives at Exit 7
9.68 15.58 9 SR 65 (Front Street) / Summit Street SR 65 crosses the Maumee River on the Craig Memorial Bridge to connect to Summit Street
Maumee River 9.45–
Veterans' Glass City Skyway
Toledo 10 Summit Street Southbound entrance from northbound Summit Street removed late 1990s; rest of exit replaced by Craig Memorial Bridge connections from exit 9 in 2007; originally Exit 10A before removal of exits 10B and 10C
10B Huron Street Former exit with no southbound entrance; northbound exit was via 10A and northbound entrance was via Erie Street; northbound exit removed before rest of exit was removed in 1999[15]
10C Michigan Avenue Former northbound exit and southbound entrance via Champlain Street; exit removed 1999[15]
11.23 18.07 11 SR 25 south (Buckeye Basin Parkway / Greenbelt Parkway) – Downtown Toledo Northbound exit connects to Galena Street
11 Central Avenue Former diamond interchange, eliminated c. 1987; northbound exit and southbound entrance were eliminated before southbound exit and northbound entrance[16]
12.10 19.47 12 Manhattan Boulevard No access from Manhattan Boulevard to southbound I-75 or northbound I-75 to Manhattan Boulevard
12.38 19.92 I‑75 – Detroit Northern terminus; no control city for southbound I-75; exit 208 on I-75
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Staff (October 31, 2002). "Table 2: Auxiliary Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002". Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Official Transportation Map (Map). Cartography by ODOT. Ohio Department of Transportation. 2011. Toledo inset. 
  3. ^ a b Google (January 11, 2012). "Overview Map of I-280" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Harvey, Hank (October 12, 2000). "Life in the Fast Lane Surrounds Toledo". The Blade (Toledo, OH). Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Official Highway Map (MRSID) (Map). Cartography by ODH. Ohio Department of Highways. 1955. 
  6. ^ Official Highway Map (MRSID) (Map). Cartography by ODH. Ohio Department of Highways. 1957. 
  7. ^ a b Official Highway Map (MRSID) (Map). Cartography by ODH. Ohio Department of Highways. 1959. 
  8. ^ "Walbridge Road to be protected at I-280 crossing". Toledo Blade. 5 July 1969. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Need for I-280 safety upgrading questioned by business operators". Toledo Blade. 13 December 1972. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Changes proposed for I-280, Woodville Road". Toledo Blade. 5 August 1976. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Weber, Lauren (June 17, 2007). "Beneath the beams, abutments, and concrete, Toledo's Maumee crossings have a story to tell". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Staff (January 2002). "Straight Line Diagram for I-280 in Wood County" (PDF). Bowling Green, OH: Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ Staff (January 2009). "Straight Line Diagram for I-280 in Lucas County" (PDF). Bowling Green, OH: Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ Harvey, Hank (October 12, 1989). "Woodville Road closes to build interchange". The Blade. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Patch, David (19 November 1999). "Road Warrior". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  16. ^ Marrison, Ben (5 January 1987). "Council asked for final OK on Parkway". The Blade. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing