Interstate 480 (Ohio)

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Interstate 480 marker

Interstate 480
Outerbelt South Freeway
Senator John Glenn Highway[1]
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 41.77 mi[2] (67.22 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑80 / Ohio Turnpike in North Ridgeville
  I‑71 in Brook Park
I‑77 in Independence
I‑271 in Bedford Heights
East end: I‑80 / Ohio Turnpike / SR 14 in Streetsboro
Highway system
I‑475 I‑490

Interstate 480 (I-480) is a 41.77-mile-long (67.22 km) auxiliary Interstate Highway of I-80 that bypasses the city of Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. I-480 is one of 13 auxiliary Interstate Highways in Ohio. The western terminus of I-480 is an interchange with I-80 in North Ridgeville. Starting east through suburban Lorain County, I-480 enters Cuyahoga County. I-480 then approaches the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which serves as the primary airport for the Greater Cleveland area. After traversing Brooklyn and crossing the Cuyahoga River on the Valley View Bridge, the highway continues east towards the communities of Bedford and Twinsburg toward its eastern terminus at I-80 in Streetsboro. On its route, I-480 crosses interstates I-77 and I-271. In 1998, the Governor of Ohio, George Voinovich, gave I-480 the additional name of the "Senator John Glenn Highway", in honor of the former NASA astronaut and a U.S. Senator from Ohio for 24 years.[1]

Parts of I-480 were to have been I-271 and/or Interstate 80N.[3]

Route description[edit]

The freeway is concurrent with I-271 for two miles. I-271 and I-480 are the only two three-digit interstates in the nation that run concurrently with each other for any distance. Due to the convergence of these high traffic roads traffic jams are common during peak times. They run concurrent through Bedford Heights, Bedford, and Oakwood in Cuyahoga County.[citation needed]

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

The Valley View Bridge, which is 212 feet (65 m) high and spans 4,150 feet (1,260 m),[4] carries I-480 across the Cuyahoga River valley.

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Lorain North Ridgeville 0.00 0.00 I‑80 / Ohio Turnpike west – Toledo Western terminus
0.90 1.45 Ohio Turnpike Toll Plaza
1.16 1.87 1 SR 10 west to US 20 – Oberlin, Norwalk Western terminus of concurrency with SR 10;
westbound exit and eastbound entrance
2.03 3.27 2 SR 10 east (Lorain Road) to I‑80 / Ohio Turnpike east Eastern terminus of concurrency with SR 10
Cuyahoga North Olmsted 3.67 5.91 3 Stearns Road
6.15 9.90 6 SR 252 (Great Northern Boulevard) – North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls Signed as exits 6A (south) and 6B (north) westbound
7.57 12.18 7 Clague Road – Westlake, Fairview Park Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Cleveland 9.44 15.19 9 SR 17 (Brookpark Road) / Grayton Road – Hopkins Airport Eastbound access to SR 17; westbound to Grayton Road
10.17 16.37 11 I‑71 (via Berea Freeway) – Cleveland, Columbus Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; I-71 exit 238
10.17 16.37 10 SR 237 south (Berea Freeway) – Hopkins Airport, Berea Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
10.71 17.24 11 I‑71 south – Columbus No eastbound exit; I-71 exit 238
11.60 18.67 12A West 150th Street — Brook Park Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
12.71 20.45 12 West 130th Street / West 150th Street — Brook Park
12.71 20.45 12B West 130th Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Brooklyn 13.79 22.19 13 Tiedeman Road — Brooklyn
Cleveland 15.21 24.48 15 To US 42 / Ridge Road – Parma
16.49 26.54 16 SR 94 (State Road) to SR 176 south
17.76 28.58 17A SR 176 north – Cleveland Jennings Freeway; Signed as exit 17 eastbound
Brooklyn Heights 18.03 29.02 17B SR 17 (Brookpark Road) to SR 176 south – Brooklyn Heights Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Independence 20.05 32.27 20 I‑77 to Rockside Road – Akron, Cleveland Signed as exits 20A (south to Rockside) and 20B (north)
Garfield Heights 21.72 34.95 21 Transportation Boulevard / East 98th Street
22.92 36.89 22 SR 17 (Granger Road) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance;
no entrance from SR 17 east
23.85 38.38 23 SR 14 (Broadway Avenue) – Garfield Heights
Cleveland 24.58 39.56 24 Lee Road – Maple Heights Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Warrensville Heights 26.03 41.89 25 Warrensville Road — Bedford, Warrensville Heights Eastbound exit and westbound entrance;
split into exits 25A (south) and 25B (north)
26.31 42.34 26 To I‑480N east / US 422 north / I‑271 / Miles Road – Warren, Erie, PA Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Bedford Heights 26.55 42.73 25C SR 8 / SR 43 (Northfield Road)
27.94 44.97 26A Rockside Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
28.02 45.09 I‑271 north – Erie Western terminus of concurrency with I-271;
westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Oakwood 30.99 49.87 23 SR 14 west (Broadway Avenue) / Forbes Road Western terminus of concurrency with SR 14
32.06 51.60 I‑271 south – Akron, Columbus Eastern terminus of concurrency with I-271;
eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Summit Twinsburg 36.30 58.42 36 SR 82 – Aurora, Macedonia, Twinsburg
36.99 59.53 37 SR 91 – Twinsburg, Hudson, Solon
Portage Streetsboro 41.63 67.00 41 Frost Road
42.45 68.32 42 I‑80 / Ohio Turnpike – Youngstown, Toledo
42.45 68.32 SR 14 east – Ravenna Eastern terminus of I-480 and concurrency with SR 14
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Interstate 480N[edit]

Interstate 480N
Location: Maple HeightsWarrensville Heights
Length: 1.99 mi[5] (3.20 km)

The portion of freeway connecting I-480 to I-271 and US 422 is called Interstate 480N, an Ohio Department of Transportation designation.[6] It is rarely referred by this name.


Major intersections
The entire route is in Cuyahoga County.

Location mi[5] km Exit Destinations Notes
Maple Heights 0.00 0.00 I‑480 west – Cleveland, Toledo Exit 26 on I-480
North Randall 0.53–
0.78
0.85–
1.26
1 Miles Road – North Randall, Bedford Heights
Warrensville Heights 1.29 2.08 I‑271 north (Express Lanes) to I‑90 – Erie, PA Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
1.63 2.62 US 422 east – Warren
1.99 3.20 I‑271 north / US 422 west – Harvard–Chagrin
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McIntyre, Michael K. (September 22, 1998). "I-480 Is Renamed in Honor of Glenn". The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH). Retrieved April 12, 2010 – via Newsbank. 
  2. ^ 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 October 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ Staff. "1957–1958 Biennial Report excerpt". Ohio Department of Highways. Retrieved April 2, 2008 – via Roadfan.com. 
  4. ^ Interstate 480
  5. ^ a b Staff. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ Staff. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagram for I-480N" (PDF). Ohio Department of Transportation. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing