Ohio State Route 3

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State Route 3 marker

State Route 3

Route of SR 3 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 248.50 mi[1] (399.92 km)
Existed: 1923 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 27 / US 42 / US 52 / US 127 in Cincinnati
  I-71 in Cincinnati
I-71 near Orient
I-70 in Columbus
I-71 in Columbus
I-76 in Seville
I-71 near Brunswick
North end: US 6 / US 20 / US 322 / US 422 in Cleveland
Location
Counties: Hamilton, Warren, Clinton, Fayette, Madison, Pickaway, Franklin, Delaware, Knox, Ashland, Holmes, Wayne, Medina, Cuyahoga
Highway system
SR 2 SR 4

State Route 3 (SR 3) is a major north–south highway in Ohio which leads from Cincinnati to Cleveland by way of Columbus. Because of this the road is also known as the 3-C Highway, a designation which predates the Ohio state highway system.[2] It is the only state route to enter all three of Ohio's largest cities (though it has largely been bypassed by Interstate 71). The route's southern terminus is in downtown Cincinnati at the US 27/US 52/US 127 concurrence, which is also the western terminus of US 22. SR 3 and US 22 share the same path for nearly 70 miles (110 km), parting ways in the city of Washington Court House, where SR 3 is joined with US 62. This concurrency runs nearly 40 miles (64 km) to Columbus. From there SR 3 continues solo to Sunbury, where it joins US 36 for just over 24 miles (39 km) until it reaches Mount Vernon. SR 3 ends in Cleveland at Public Square, with the last several miles concurrent with US 42 from Parma.

Route description[edit]

History[edit]

  • 1923 – Original route established;[3] originally followed its current alignment (more or less) from Cincinnati to 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Loudonville, the SR 226 alignment from 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Loudonville to 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Wooster, its old alignment from 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Wooster to Medina, and US 42's alignment from Medina to Cleveland.[4]
  • 1927 – 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Loudonville to 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Wooster rerouted to current alignment, along former SR 250; original alignment certified as SR 250; Medina-to-Parma routing changed to current alignment, and former alignment here certified as US 42.[4][5]
  • 1932 – Alignment from Cincinnati to Washington Court House dually certified with US 22; alignment from Washington Court House to Columbus dually certified with US 62.[4]
  • 1938 – Medina-Parma alignment changed to the pre-1926 routing and dually certified with US 42; previous alignment signed SR 200 until 1939.[4]
  • 1939 – Medina-Parma alignment switched back to current alignment.[6]
  • 1961 – SR 3 routed to new freeway alignment from Harrisburg to Columbus.[4]
  • 1962 – Harrisburg-Columbus alignment dually certified as I-71.[4]
  • 1967 – Reverted to US 62 alignment from Harrisburg to Columbus.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Hamilton Cincinnati 0.00 0.00 US 27 / US 42 / US 52 / US 127
US 22 / SR 264
SR 3 begins northbound concurrent with US 22 (also its western terminus), US 27, US 42, US 52 and US 127; eastern terminus of SR 264 (eastbound)
0.09 0.14 US 27 / US 42 / US 52 / US 127 Southbound lanes of US 27, US 42, and US 127 as well as eastbound US 52 enter from the east; westbound SR 264 crosses from east to west.
0.17 0.27 US 27 / US 52 / US 127 US 22/US 42/SR 3 leaves northbound lanes of concurrency, heading east; northbound US 27/US 127 as well as westbound US 52 continue north.
0.25 0.40 US 27 / US 42 / US 52 / US 127
SR 264
Southbound lanes of US 27, US 42, and US 127 as well as eastbound US 52 and westbound SR 264 cross from north to south.
0.33 0.53 US 42 Northbound lanes of US 42 leave US 22/SR 3 to the north.
1.45 2.33 I-71 Ramps from eastbound US 22/SR 3 concurrency to northbound I-71 and southbound I-71 to westbound US 22/SR 3 only; I-71 Exit 2.
4.46 7.18 I-71 Northbound exit/southbound entrance to/from interstate only; I-71 Exit 5.
Norwood 6.19 9.96 SR 561 SR 561 joins from the southeast
6.22 10.01 SR 562 (Norwood Lateral Expressway) Full-access interchange with US 22/SR 3/SR 561.
6.29 10.12 SR 561 SR 561 leaves to the northwest.
Cincinnati 11.41 18.36 I-71 Full-access interchange; I-71 Exit 12.
Montgomery 13.30 21.40 SR 126 (Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway) Eastern terminus of expressway; SR 126 joins from the west.
13.57 21.84 SR 126 SR 126 leaves to the east.
Sycamore Township 16.15 25.99 I-275 Full-access interchange; I-275 Exit 50.
Warren Hamilton Township 24.69 39.73 SR 48
Morrow 30.02 48.31 SR 123 SR 123 joins from the north.
Salem Township 31.75 51.10 SR 123 SR 123 leaves to the south.
Washington Township 37.59 60.50 SR 350
Clinton Adams Township 41.73 67.16 SR 380 Southern terminus of SR 380.
Wilmington 47.20 75.96 SR 73 SR 73 joins from the northwest.
48.06 77.35 US 68 / SR 134
50.63 81.48 SR 73 SR 73 leaves to the south.
Richland Township 56.81 91.43 SR 72
Sabina 58.95 94.87 SR 729
Fayette Union Township 68.58 110.37 US 35 Full-access interchange with US 35 expressway, shared with US 62 to the south.
Washington Court House 69.75 112.25 US 62 / SR 41 US 62 joins from the southwest; SR 41 joins from the south.
70.23 113.02 SR 41 SR 41 leaves to the northwest; former southeastbound alignment of US 35.
70.38 113.27 US 22 / SR 38 US 22 leaves to the east; SR 38 begins, joining US 62/SR 3.
Union Township 74.85 120.46 SR 238 Southern terminus of SR 238.
Madison Mount Sterling 85.63 137.81 SR 207 SR 207 joins from the south.
85.89 138.23 SR 56 / SR 207 SR 207 leaves northwest concurrent with SR 56; SR 56 continues southeast.
Pickaway Darby Township 94.08 151.41 SR 762 Northern terminus of SR 762
Franklin Pleasant Township 96.18 154.79 I-71 Full-access interchange; I-71 Exit 94.
97.72 157.27 SR 665
Jackson Township 102.66 165.22 I-270 Full-access interchange; I-270 Exit 2.
Columbus 106.46 171.33 I-70 Full-access via side streets to the south and north of crossing; I-70 Exit 98A-B.
107.98 173.78 SR 315 Full-access interchange from SR 315.
109.15 175.66 US 23 south / US 33 south
109.25 175.82 US 23 north / US 33 north Southern terminus of US 23/US 33/US 62/SR 3 concurrency
109.68 176.51 US 40 / US 62 / SR 16 US 62 leaves to the east, concurrent with US 40 and SR 16 which continue west
109.88 176.83 US 23 / US 33 US 23 leaves to the north; US 33 leaves to the west 0.1 mi. later
110.62 178.03 I-670 I-670 Exits 4C (eastbound) and 5 (westbound); westbound exit/entrance via Jack Gibbs Blvd.
Minerva Park 118.93 191.40 SR 161 (Dublin-Granville Road) Full-access interchange with expressway.
Blendon Township 120.39 193.75 I-270 Full-access interchange; I-270 Exit 29.
Delaware Sunbury 131.47 211.58 US 36 / SR 37 / SR 61 US 36 joins from the northwest concurrent with SR 37; SR 37 continues to the southeast; SR 61 begins concurrent with US 36/SR 3 concurrency.
131.90 212.27 SR 61 SR 61 leaves to the north
Knox Centerburg 142.13 228.74 SR 314 Southern terminus of SR 314.
Hilliar Township 143.22 230.49 SR 657 Western terminus of SR 657.
Clinton Township 154.89 249.27 SR 229 SR 229 joins from the west.
Mount Vernon 155.85 250.82 SR 13 SR 13 southbound directional alternate joins from the north.
155.97 251.01 SR 13 / SR 229 SR 13 southbound directional alternate and SR 229 eastbound leave to the south (concurrency).
156.11 251.23 US 36 / SR 229 US 36 leaves to the east; US 36/SR 229 westbound directional alternate enters from the east.
156.16 251.32 US 36 / SR 229 US 36/SR 229 westbound directional alternate leaves to the west.
156.18 251.35 SR 13 Northbound SR 13 crosses from east to west.
Monroe Township 158.92 255.76 SR 768 Northern terminus of SR 768.
Brown Township 170.64 274.62 SR 205 Northern terminus of SR 205.
Ashland Hanover Township 176.38 283.86 SR 97 Eastern terminus of SR 97.
Loudonville 178.98 288.04 SR 39 SR 39 joins from the west.
179.13 288.28 SR 39 / SR 60 SR 39 leaves to the east concurrent with SR 60; SR 3/SR 60 concurrency continues north.
179.30 288.56 SR 60 SR 60 leaves to the north.
Holmes Washington Township 184.19 296.43 SR 179 / SR 226 SR 226 begins east, concurrent with SR 179, which continues north.
Wayne Wooster Township 195.86 315.21 SR 226 Northern terminus of SR 226; former northbound alignment of SR 3.
196.43 316.12 SR 95 Eastern terminus of SR 95
Wooster 197.95 318.57 US 30 / US 250 (Lincoln Way) SR 3 joins expressway via full-access interchange; former northbound alignment of SR 3.
198.62 319.65 SR 302 Full-access interchange.
Wooster Township 199.57 321.18 US 250 Full-access interchange (direct ramp eastbound; westbound via Pittsburgh Avenue)
200.15 322.11 US 30 US 30 leaves to the east at full-access interchange.
200.33 322.40 SR 83 SR 83 joins from the south at full-access interchange.
Wooster 201.08 323.61 SR 585 Southern terminus of SR 585 (former cross-alignment) at full-access interchange.
203.26 327.12 SR 83 SR 3 leaves expressway; SR 83 continues northwest; former cross-alignment of SR 3.
Canaan Township 210.85 339.33 SR 604
Medina Seville 217.95 350.76 I-76 / US 224 Full-access interchange; I-76 Exit 2.
Montville Township 222.56 358.18 SR 162 SR 162 joins from the west.
223.05 358.96 SR 162 SR 162 leaves to the east.
Medina 224.96 362.04 US 42 / SR 57 US 42 joins from the west; SR 57 joins from the east.
225.22 362.46 SR 18 SR 18 eastbound lanes cross.
225.30 362.59 US 42 / SR 18 / SR 57 US 42 leaves to the north; SR 18 westbound lanes, concurrent with SR 57, leave to the west.
225.36 362.68 SR 18 / SR 57 SR 18 westbound lanes, concurrent with SR 57, join from the south.
Medina Township 231.04 371.82 I-71 Full-access interchange; I-71 Exit 222.
Hinckley Township 232.03 373.42 SR 606 Western terminus of SR 606.
233.63 375.99 SR 94 SR 94 joins from the south.
234.66 377.65 SR 606
236.16 380.06 SR 94 / SR 303 SR 94 leaves to the east concurrent with SR 303 which continues west.
Cuyahoga North Royalton 241.55 388.74 SR 82
Parma 248.50 399.92 US 42 SR 3 joins US 42.
Cleveland 250.23 402.71 SR 94 SR 94 northern terminus.
254.60 409.74
US 6 Alt. / US 6 / US 20
US 42 and SR 3 join US 6 and US 20.
255.48 411.16 US 20 / Public Square west US 20 leaves.
255.53 411.24 US 422 / SR 8 / SR 14 / SR 43
SR 87 / Public Square
255.58 411.32 US 6 / US 322 / Public Square east
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mileages retrieved from Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams unless otherwise noted.
  2. ^ In Search of...The Three-C Highway by Michael G. Buettner, February, 2006
  3. ^ Explanation of the Ohio State Highway System (The Unofficial Ohio State Highways Web Site) by John Simpson
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Route 3 (The Unofficial Ohio State Highways Web Site) by John Simpson
  5. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation Official maps for 1926 and 1927
  6. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation Official map for 1939

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