Ohio State Route 261

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State Route 261 marker

State Route 261
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 25.85 mi[1] (41.60 km)
Existed: 1928 – present
Major junctions
West end: SR 94 in Wadsworth
 

I‑76 / US 224 in Wadsworth

I‑77 in Akron
East end: SR 59 in Franklin Township
Location
Counties: Medina, Summit, Portage
Highway system
SR 260 SR 264

State Route 261 (SR 261) is an east–west state highway located in northeastern Ohio that passes through Medina, Summit, and Portage Counties. At a length of 26 miles (42 km), State Route 261 runs from a signalized intersection with State Route 94 in Wadsworth to a signalized T-intersection with State Route 59 in Franklin Township just east of Kent.

State Route 261's routing is more complicated than other state highways, frequently changing streets and direction. It runs through downtown Akron as two sets of one-way surface streets. It has a divided highway section from the outskirts of southern Kent to just east of State Route 43. This divided section was originally planned to be limited access and tie in with another highway, State Route 435, but this plan was never implemented.[citation needed]

History[edit]

SR 261 was commissioned in 1928 between SR 18, in Tallmadge, and Kent.[2][3] In 1930 the highway was extended southwest to SR 8 in Akron.[4][5] The route was extended west to Wadsworth, in 1937.[6][7] The southeast section of the Kent bypass, between SR 43 and SR 59 opened between 1969 and 1971, with SR 261 be rerouted onto it then.[8][9] The bypass of Kent west of SR 43 was completed in 1972, with SR 261 being rerouted onto that section then.[9][10] In 1983 the highway was rerouted towards the northwest in the City of Akron.[11][12]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Medina Wadsworth 0.00 0.00 SR 94 (High Street)
2.02 3.25 I‑76 / US 224 – Akron, Lodi Exit 11 (I-76)
Summit Norton 4.64 7.47 SR 21 – Massillion, Cleveland Interchange
Akron 8.46–
8.65
13.62–
13.92
I‑77 / Frederick Boulevard – Canton, Cleveland Exit 130 (I-77)
9.97 16.05 SR 93 south (East Avenue) Northern terminus of SR 93
10.61 17.08 SR 59 to I‑76 / I‑77 / Rhodes Avenue / Dart Avenue Interchange
12.36 19.89 SR 18 west / SR 162 (Market Street) SR 261 as a one-way pair; eastern terminus of SR 162
12.51 20.13 SR 59 (M.L. King Boulevard) SR 261 as a one-way pair
14.18 22.82 SR 8 / SR 59 / Gorge Boulevard Interchange
Tallmadge 18.40 29.61 SR 91 – Akron, Mogadore, Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls Tallmadge Circle
Portage Kent 22.81 36.71 SR 43 (Water Street) – Kent, Hartville
Franklin Township 25.85 41.60 SR 59 – Kent, Ravenna
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams". Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  2. ^ Ohio Department of Highways and Public Works (June 1, 1927). Map of Ohio showing State Routes (Map). 1 in=12 mi. Cartography by ODOHPW (1927 ed.). http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/TechServ/TIM/Pages/OfficialTransportationMaps.aspx. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  3. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (August 1, 1928). Map of Ohio showing State Routes (Map). 1 in=12 mi. Cartography by ODOH (1928 ed.). http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/TechServ/TIM/Pages/OfficialTransportationMaps.aspx. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  4. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (August 15, 1929). Map of Ohio showing State Routes (Map). 1 in=12 mi. Cartography by ODOH (1929 ed.). http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/TechServ/TIM/Pages/OfficialTransportationMaps.aspx. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  5. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1930). Map of Ohio showing State Routes (Map). 1 in=12 mi. Cartography by ODOH (1930 ed.). http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/TechServ/TIM/Pages/OfficialTransportationMaps.aspx. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1936). Official Highway map of Ohio (Map). 1 in=12 mi. Cartography by ODOH (1936 ed.). http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/TechServ/TIM/Pages/OfficialTransportationMaps.aspx. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1937). Official Highway map of Ohio (Map). 1 in=10 mi. Cartography by ODOH (1937 ed.). http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/TechServ/TIM/Pages/OfficialTransportationMaps.aspx. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  8. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1969). Official Highway map of Ohio (Map). Cartography by ODOH (1969 ed.). http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/TechServ/TIM/Pages/OfficialTransportationMaps.aspx. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Ohio Department of Highways (1971). Official Highway map of Ohio (Map). 1 in=8.75 mi. Cartography by ODOH (1971 ed.). http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/TechServ/TIM/Pages/OfficialTransportationMaps.aspx. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  10. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1972). Official Highway map of Ohio (Map). 1 in=8.75 mi. Cartography by ODOH (1972 ed.). http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/TechServ/TIM/Pages/OfficialTransportationMaps.aspx. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  11. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation (1982). Official Highway map of Ohio (Map). 1 in=8.75 mi. Cartography by ODOT (1982 ed.). http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/TechServ/TIM/Pages/OfficialTransportationMaps.aspx. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  12. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation (1983). Official Highway map of Ohio (Map). Cartography by ODOT (1983 ed.). http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/TechServ/TIM/Pages/OfficialTransportationMaps.aspx. Retrieved October 25, 2013.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing