Interstate 480 (Ohio)

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Interstate 480 marker

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

Interstate 480 (I-480) is a 41.77-mile-long (67.22-kilometer) 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, Ohio. Starting east through suburban Lorain County, I-480 soon 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 Parma 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 Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Lorain North Ridgeville 0.00 0.00 I‑80 / Ohio Tpk. west – Toledo Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.90 1.45 Ohio Turnpike Toll Plaza
1.16 1.87 1 SR 10 west to US 20 – Oberlin, Norwalk West end of SR 10 concurrency; westbound left exit and eastbound entrance; continuation beyond I-80
2.03 3.27 2 SR 10 east (Lorain Road) to I‑80 / Ohio Tpk. east East end of SR 10 concurrency
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 E: SR 17 (Brookpark Road) – Airport
W: Grayton Road — Rental Car Return
Signed eastbound as SR 17 and westbound as Grayton Road
10.17 16.37 11 I‑71 (via Berea Freeway) – Cleveland, Columbus Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
10.17 16.37 10 SR 237 south (Berea Freeway) – Airport, Berea Westbound exit and eastbound entrance (eastbound exit is via exit 9)
10.71 17.24 11 I‑71 south – Columbus No eastbound exit
11.60 18.67 12A West 150th Street — Brook Park Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
12.71 20.45 12B West 130th Street, West 150th Street — Brook Park Signed as exit 12 eastbound; No access to West 150th Street westbound
Brooklyn 13.79 22.19 13 Tiedeman Road — Brooklyn
15.21 24.48 15 To US 42 / Ridge Road – Parma
Cleveland 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) and 20B (north); Rockside Road access via exit 20A
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 US 422 east / I‑271 north / Miles Road – Warren, Erie, PA (via I-480N east) 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 West end of I-271 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Oakwood 30.99 49.87 23 SR 14 west (Broadway Avenue) / Forbes Road West end of SR 14 concurrency
32.06 51.60 I‑271 south – Akron, Columbus East end of I-271 concurrency; 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 Tpk. – Youngstown, Toledo
42.45 68.32 SR 14 east – Ravenna Continuation past I-80 / Ohio Turnpike; east end of SR 14 concurrency
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 Mile[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]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing