Interstate 80 in Ohio

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Interstate 80 marker

Interstate 80
Route information
Maintained by OTC and Ohio DOT
Length: 237.48 mi[1] (382.19 km)
Existed: 1956 – present
Major junctions
West end: I-80 / I-90 / Ind. Toll Rd. at Indiana state line
  I-75 near Toledo
I-90 near Lorain
I-480 near North Ridgeville
I-71 near Cleveland
I-77 near Akron
I-480 near Streetsboro
I-76 / Ohio Tpk. near Youngstown
I-680 near Youngstown
East end: I-80 at Pennsylvania state line
Highway system
SR 79 SR 81

In the U.S. state of Ohio, Interstate 80 (I-80) runs across the northern part of the state. Most of the route is part of the Ohio Turnpike, with only an 18.78-mile (30.22 km) stretch not being on the toll road. That stretch of road is the feeder route to the Keystone Shortway, a shortcut through northern Pennsylvania that provides access to New York City.

Route description[edit]

I-80 Westbound Ohio Turnpike

In Ohio, I-80 enters with I-90 from the Indiana Toll Road and immediately becomes the "James W. Shocknessy Ohio Turnpike", more commonly referred to as simply the Ohio Turnpike. The two Interstates cross rural northwest Ohio and run just south of the metropolitan area of Toledo. In Rossford, Ohio the turnpike intersects with Interstate 75 in an area known as the Crossroads of America. This intersection is one of the largest intersections of two Interstate Highways in the United States.

In Elyria Township, just west of Cleveland, I-90 splits from I-80 (leaving the turnpike and running northeast as a freeway). I-80 runs east-southeast through the southern suburbs of Cleveland and retains the Ohio Turnpike designation. Just northwest of Youngstown, the Ohio Turnpike continues southeast onto Interstate 76, while I-80 exits the turnpike and runs east to the north of Youngstown, entering Pennsylvania south of Sharon, Pennsylvania.

History[edit]

Interstate 80 over the Cuyahoga River

Most of Interstate 80 was constructed as part of the Ohio Turnpike, the origins of which predate the establishment of the Interstate Highway System in 1956. The Ohio state legislature created the Ohio Turnpike Commission in 1949, which was the first step in designing and constructing the east-west freeway. Construction began on October 27, 1952, and the freeway was completed on October 1, 1955 (a total of 38 months).[2]

Although I-80 presently uses the Ohio Turnpike across most of the state, it was once planned to split between Norwalk and Edinburg, with Interstate 80N passing through Cleveland and Interstate 80S passing through Akron.

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[3] km Exit Destinations Notes
Highway continues as Ohio Turnpike (see Ohio Turnpike exit list for exits 0 through 218)
Mahoning Jackson Township 219.47 353.20   I-76 east / Ohio Tpk. east – Pittsburgh Western end of I-76 concurrency; eastern end of Ohio Tpk. concurrency
219.47 353.20   CR 18 (Mahoning Avenue) Eastbound exit / westbound entrance only
219.47 353.20   I-76 west – Akron Eastern end of I-76 concurrency
Austintown Township 223.01 358.90 223 SR 46 – Niles, Canfield
223.91 360.35 224A SR 11 south – Canfield Western end of SR 11 concurrency; signed as exit 224 westbound
224.25 360.90 224B I-680 south – Youngstown Northern terminus of I-680; eastbound exit / westbound entrance only
Trumbull Weathersfield Township 225.94 363.62 226 Salt Springs Road – McDonald
Girard 227.15 365.56 227 US 224 – Girard
Liberty Township 228.32 367.45 228 SR 11 north – Warren, Ashtabula Eastern end of SR 11 concurrency; signed as exit 228B westbound
228.48 367.70 228A SR 711 south – Youngstown Northern terminus of SR 711; eastbound entrance / westbound exit only
228.82–
229.47
368.25–
369.30
229 SR 193 (Belmont Avenue) / East Liberty Street
Hubbard Township 234.43 377.28 234 US 62 / SR 7 – Hubbard, Sharon, PA
237.28 381.87   I-80 east – New York City Pennsylvania state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

Interstate 80
Previous state:
Indiana
Ohio Next state:
Pennsylvania