Ohio State Route 235
|Maintained by ODOT|
|Length:||133.22 mi (214.40 km)|
|Existed:||1926 – present|
|South end:||US 68 near Xenia|
| I-675 in Fairborn
I-70 / SR 4 in Huber Heights
US 30 near Ada
I-75 near Bluffton
|North end:||SR 65 near Grand Rapids|
|Counties:||Greene, Montgomery, Clark, Champaign, Logan, Hardin, Hancock, Wood|
State Route 235 (SR 235, Ohio 235) is a north–south state highway in the western portion of the U.S. state of Ohio. Its southern terminus is at U.S. Route 68 near the small town of Oldtown just north of Xenia, and its northern terminus is at State Route 65 at the Maumee River nearly 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Grand Rapids.
Prior to 1969 it was numbered State Route 69, but was renumbered 235. There are a number of urban legends pertaining to why this renumbering occurred.[according to whom?] One is that the number 69 has certain sexual meanings in popular culture, and the signs kept getting stolen. (There were actually numerous cases of people stealing the signs for this route.) Another was that it was too close to Interstate 69 (less than 40 miles (64 km) in some areas) and the state decided to avoid the confusion.
The portion of SR 235 within Fairborn is designated "Army Specialist Jesse Adam Snow Memorial Highway", in honor of a Fairborn High School graduate who was killed by enemy fire on November 14, 2010 in Afghanistan.
- 1926 – Original route certified; originally routed along its current alignment from Oldtown to Fairborn (which was Fairfield and Osborn in 1926).
- 1935 – Extended north to State Route 4 approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Fairborn along previously unnumbered road.
- 1969 – Extended north to its current terminus along previous State Route 69.
State Route 69 before 1969
- 1926 – Originally routed from Ada to Mount Cory.
- 1938 – Extended north to McComb along previously unnumbered road, from McComb to Hoytville along the previous alignment of State Route 186, and from Hoytville to 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Grand Rapids along a previously unnumbered road.
The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee have conducted a SR 235 Corridor Management Study, examining improvements to SR 235 in Bethel Township, between US 40 to the north, and the Greene County line to the south. The study primarily covered the Park Layne section of the township. The study area has had many vehicle crashes and four pedestrian fatalities between 2007 and 2010. The road has many closely spaced commercial driveways and lacks crosswalks, among other problems. Proposed changes included a raised median with breaks only at a few major cross streets, consolidated driveways limited to right-in/right-out access, and jughandles or U-turns at each end of the corridor for turnarounds. Other proposals included U-turns at the busiest cross street, Styer Drive, roundabouts at the major cross streets and "backage" roads. Public meetings related to this study were held in September 2011 and April 2012. The projected cost of the improvements ranged from $7.4 million to $12.2 million and construction was not expected to begin until 2017 to 2020. In mid-October 2012, it was decided by the Ohio Department of Transportation and Clark County officials to make about $3 million in improvements to this stretch of SR 235, including the consolidation of driveways and the construction of cul-de-sacs. Construction is expected to begin in 2015. The development of any "backage" roads will be left to future private developers.
On November 9, 2012, the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee announced that a roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of SR 235 and SR 41 in Pike Township, which has been the site of numerous vehicle crashes, including five fatalities from 1992 to 2013. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2014 and is estimated to cost $1.3 million to $1.5 million. It will be the first roundabout in Clark County and is believed it will be the first in Ohio with all approaches at high speed, 55 mph (89 km/h).
- Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams". Retrieved April 30, 2010.
- "5533.645 Army Specialist Jesse Adam Snow Memorial Highway". Ohio Revised Code. LAW Writer. March 22, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
- Staff (April 19, 2013). "Part of Ohio 235 dedicated to Army Spc. Jesse Snow". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
- John Simpson. "Route 235". The Unofficial Ohio State Highways Web Site. Archived from the original on November 28, 2010. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- "SR235 Corridor Management Study". Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
- Tiffany Y. Latta (April 21, 2012). "Road changes may cost $12M". Springfield News-Sun. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
- Tiffany Y. Latta (October 14, 2012). "$3M makeover to improve Ohio 235 safety". Springfield News-Sun. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- Tiffany Y. Latta (November 9, 2012). "Ohio 235 to get nearly $4 million in safety improvements". Springfield News-Sun. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- "CLA SR 235 Corridor Management Study Final Recommended Concept" (PDF). Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee. October 24, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- "November 2012 TCC Board Meeting Agenda" (PDF). Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee. November 9, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- Tiffany Y. Latta (January 17, 2013). "Deadly intersection will get roundabout". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved January 24, 2013.