Ohio State Route 309

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State Route 309 marker

State Route 309
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 103.20 mi[1] (166.08 km)
Existed: 1973 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 30 near Delphos
  I‑75 near Lima
US 68 in Kenton
US 23 near Marion
East end: US 30 in Mansfield
Location
Counties: Allen, Hardin, Marion, Morrow, Crawford, Richland
Highway system
SR 308 SR 310

State Route 309 (SR 309) is an east–west highway in central Ohio. Its western terminus is at its interchange with U.S. 30 near Delphos, Ohio, and its eastern terminus is at its interchange with U.S. 30 in Mansfield, Ohio. Its current route takes it through the cities of Lima, Kenton, Marion, Galion, and Ontario; as well as the villages of Elida and Caledonia.

History[edit]

SR 309's current route was the route of U.S. Route 30S, a divided U.S. route of US 30 until November 1973 when what was US 30N became the mainline of US 30.[2][3] US 30S was so numbered in the 1920s to avoid conflict from local business owners worried about the diversion of traffic from their shops along the southern route.[4]

The only significant change of the route since this certification is its western terminus, which originally was with U.S. 30 in Delphos. When U.S. 30's bypass around Delphos was completed in 1981, Ohio 309's western terminus was made the easternmost interchange of the bypass.

A road going straight from the foreground to the background, narrowing in the distance, between two fields, to a flat horizon. At the right is a sign with the number "309" in a white shape of the state of Ohio on a black background
Route 309 between Marion and Kenton

Before being used as its current route, the route number 309 was used as the route number of what is now State Route 541. It was replaced with the now defunct State Route 271 in 1935.[5][6][7]

Harding Highway[edit]

Ohio 309 was U.S. 30S until 1973.

The Lincoln Highway left the present State Route 309, a better-quality road at the time, in favor of the direct Delphos-Mansfield route now generally followed by US 30. Only two weeks after the official route was announced in September 1913, it had already been redefined to a straighter path between Lima and Galion; the rest of the straightening came later. The towns along the route got together and formed the Harding Highway, named after President Warren G. Harding, who had grown up in the area.

This Harding Highway continued east via the Lincoln Highway to Canton, turning southeast from there to Steubenville via State Route 43. To the west, it was marked along the Lincoln Highway to Van Wert, heading west along the present U.S. Route 224, roughly State Road 114, State Road 10, State Road 8, and State Road 2 through Indiana to the Illinois state line.[8]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Allen Delphos US 30 west – Van WertFort Wayne Western terminus of SR 309
Lima SR 81
SR 117 west Western end of SR 117 concurrency
SR 65 north Western end of SR 65 concurrency
SR 65 south Eastern end of SR 65 concurrency
I‑75 – Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo
SR 117 east Eastern end of SR 117 concurrency
Hardin Alger SR 235 south Eastern end of SR 235 concurrency
Ada SR 235 north Western end of SR 235 concurrency
  SR 701 east Western terminus SR 701
  SR 195
Kenton US 68 / SR 67 – Bellefontaine, Findlay
Marion   SR 37
  SR 203 south Northern terminus of SR 203
Marion SR 95 west Western end of SR 95 concurrency
SR 4 / SR 423
SR 95 east Eastern end of SR 95 concurrency
  US 23
  SR 98
MarionMorrow
county line
  SR 100 north Southern terminus of SR 100
Morrow   SR 288 east Western terminus of SR 288
  SR 61 south Southern end of SR 61 concurrency
Crawford Galion SR 19 west / SR 598 north Western end of SR 19 concurrency; southern terminus of SR 598
SR 19 east Eastern end of SR 19 concurrency
SR 61 north Northern end of SR 61 concurrency
Richland   SR 181 west Eastern terminus of SR 181
Ontario SR 314
SR 430 east Western terminus of SR 430
Mansfield US 30 east – Mansfield, Wooster Eastern terminus of SR 309
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams". 
  2. ^ "Renaming Of Rt. 30s Draws No Opposition". The Lima News. October 12, 1973. p. 13. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Butko, Brian (2005, 2013). Greetings from the Lincoln Highway. Stackpole Books. p. 84. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (September 20, 1973). "Eye U.S. 30 Location". The Times Bulletin. p. 1. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1932) (MrSID). Map of Ohio Showing State Highway System (Map). Cartography by O.W. Merrell, Director. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/TransSysDev/Innovation/prod_services/Documents/StateMaps/otm1932a.sid. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  6. ^ ODOH (1934) (MrSID). Map of Ohio Showing State Highway System (Map). Cartography by O.W. Merrell, Director. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/TransSysDev/Innovation/prod_services/Documents/StateMaps/otm1934a.sid. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  7. ^ ODOH (1935) (MrSID). Official 1935 Ohio Highway Map (Map). Cartography by John Jaster, Jr., Director. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/TransSysDev/Innovation/prod_services/Documents/StateMaps/otm1935a.sid. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  8. ^ Rand McNally Auto Road Atlas, 1926, accessed via the Broer Map Library

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing