Ohio State Route 32

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State Route 32 marker

State Route 32
James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway

Route of SR 32 in southern Ohio highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 182.71 mi[2] (294.04 km)
Existed: 1962[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 50 in Cincinnati
East end: WV 618 on Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge in Belpre
Highway system
SR 31 SR 34
In Jackson County, State Route 32 overpasses U.S. Route 35 as State Route 93 (background) overpasses U.S. 35
In southwestern Athens County, State Route 32 is concurrent with U.S. Route 50.
U.S. Route 33 during its brief concurrency with U.S. Route 50 and Ohio State Route 32 in Athens.

State Route 32, also known as SR 32 and the James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway,[3] is a major east–west highway across the southern portion of the U.S. state of Ohio. It leads from eastern Cincinnati, near the border between the neighborhoods of Linwood, Mount Lookout, and Columbia-Tusculum, to the Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge across the Ohio River in Belpre.

Except in Belpre, leading up to the bridge into West Virginia, the entire route outside Cincinnati's beltway (Interstate 275) is a high-speed four-lane divided highway, forming the Ohio portion of Corridor D of the Appalachian Development Highway System. This corridor continues east across the Ohio River over the Blennerhassett Island Bridge.

History[edit]

The Batavia Turnpike and Miami Bridge Company was incorporated and chartered by the state of Ohio. It built a road, which was "about finished" as of 1841, beginning at the Wooster Turnpike (Eastern Avenue), crossing the Little Miami River on the Union Bridge, and turning east to Batavia.[4][5] The Ohio Turnpike to Bethel split after the Little Miami was crossed.

The passage of the McGuire Bill in 1911 led to the designation of a large number of Inter-County Highways to be maintained by the Ohio Department of Highways.[6] This network included the Cincinnati-Batavia Road (ICH 41) and Batavia-Winchester Road (ICH 125), connecting Cincinnati to Batavia, Williamsburg, Mt. Orab, Sardinia, Winchester, and beyond to an intersection with the West Union-Belfast Road (ICH 122) south of Seaman (where Graces Run Road now meets State Route 247). This entire route from Cincinnati to south of Seaman was designated and signed as State Route 74 in 1923. The route left downtown Cincinnati on Eastern Avenue, shared with State Route 7 (now U.S. Route 52) and State Route 25 (now State Route 125). SR 7 left at Davis Lane (now Airport Road), while SR 25 and SR 74 turned onto Beechmont Avenue, splitting after crossing the Little Miami River. By 1925, the east end of SR 74 had been realigned and extended, heading east from Winchester through Seaman and continuing through Peebles to State Route 73 northwest of Rarden; the old alignment (Graces Run Road) reverted to local control. Along with U.S. Route 50, US 52, and SR 125, SR 74 was moved to Columbia Parkway in the early 1940s, and in the early 1950s it was removed from downtown Cincinnati to its present terminus. Due to the existence of Interstate 74 west of Cincinnati, the number was changed to State Route 32 in 1962, with SR 74 signs being removed in June 1963 after a period of dual signage.[1]

The state relocated the road between Mount Carmel and Batavia as a four-lane divided highway in the early 1960s, several years after the parallel State Route 125 was widened (but not realigned). Because this was done before or during the renumbering, the old road here is known as Old State Route 74, rather than Old State Route 32 to the east. Improvement of the rest of the road did not take place until after it was added to the Appalachian Development Highway System in 1965.[7] This proposed Appalachian Highway—part of Corridor D—was to run across the southern part of the state from Interstate 275 outside Cincinnati to Belpre.[8] From the east end of SR 32 east of Peebles, the route was to continue northeast, joining State Route 772 near Elmgrove, and following State Route 124 beyond Jackson to Roads. After continuing northeast to Radcliff, it would parallel State Route 346 and a portion of State Route 143, merging with U.S. Route 50 west of Albany and following it past Athens and Coolville to Belpre. A never-built branch, planned as part of Corridor B,[9] would have followed State Route 73 and State Route 348 from east of Peebles to Lucasville on U.S. Route 23 (Corridor C).[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Hamilton Cincinnati 0.00 0.00 US 50 / SR 125 Western terminus; western terminus of SR 125 concurrency; no access from US 50 westbound, or to US 50 eastbound, must use Eastern Avenue
0.13 0.21 SR 561 (Beechmont Street) Southern terminus of SR 561
Anderson Township 1.40–
1.77
2.25–
2.85
SR 125 (Batavia Road) Eastern terminus of SR 125 concurrency at a trumpet interchange
Clermont Union Township 8.72–
9.20
14.03–
14.81
I-275 Cloverleaf interchange
9.47–
9.71
15.24–
15.63
CR 341 (Eastgate Boulevard) No access from CR 341 to SR 32 westbound, must use Eastgate North Drive
UnionBatavia
township line
12.27–
12.73
19.75–
20.49
CR 99 (Olive Branch–Stonelick Road) Diamond interchange
Batavia 14.12–
14.32
22.72–
23.05
CR 171 / CR 7000 No access to CR 171 from SR 32 westbound, or CR 171 to SR 32 eastbound
14.97–
15.27
24.09–
24.57
SR 132 Partial cloverleaf interchange
18.07–
18.33
29.08–
29.50
CR 367 / CR 368 (Batavia Road) Partial cloverleaf interchange
BataviaWilliamsburg
township line
19.45–
19.82
31.30–
31.90
CR 59 (Half Acre Road) Diamond interchange
Williamsburg Township 21.17–
21.41
34.07–
34.46
SR 133 Partial cloverleaf interchange
Brown Mt. Orab 28.885–
29.365
46.486–
47.258
US 68 Diamond interchange
Highland
No major junctions
Brown Washington Township 35.651 57.375 SR 134 Southern terminus of SR 134
Eagle Township 41.221 66.339 US 62
Adams Winchester 45.85 73.79 SR 136 (Main Street)
Seaman 50.419 81.142 SR 247 (Main Street)
Meigs Township 58.841 94.695 SR 41
Franklin Township 64.126 103.201 SR 73
Pike Sunfish Township 76.95 123.84 SR 772 Western terminus of SR 772 concurrency
Newton Township 79.01 127.15 SR 124 / SR 772 Eastern terminus of SR 772 concurrency; Western terminus of SR 124 concurrency
82.71 133.11 SR 104
Seal Township 84.14–
84.27
135.41–
135.62
US 23 Diamond interchange
87.56 140.91 SR 220 (Schuster Road) Eastern terminus of SR 220
Marion Township 94.86 152.66 SR 335
Jackson Scioto Township 102.870 165.553 SR 776
Franklin Township 105.830 170.317 SR 139
Lick Township 108.100–
108.400
173.970–
174.453
SR 93 Diamond interchange
108.940–
109.400
175.322–
176.062
US 35 Irregular diamond interchange
Milton Township 114.350–
114.800
184.028–
184.753
SR 124 / SR 327 Eastern terminus of SR 124 concurrency at a diamond interchange
Vinton Vinton Township 125.070 201.281 SR 160
Meigs Columbia Township 130.990 210.808 SR 689 Northern terminus of SR 689
Athens Lee Township 133.760 215.266 SR 143
134.780 216.907 US 50 Western terminus of US 50 concurrency
Albany 136.91–
137.24
220.34–
220.87
SR 681 / CR 7000 Partial cloverleaf interchange
Athens Township 144.60–
145.31
232.71–
233.85
US 33 Western terminus of US 33 concurrency at a diamond and incomplete directional T interchange
Athens 145.93–
146.33
234.85–
235.50
SR 682 (Richland Avenue) Southern terminus of SR 682 at a trumpet interchange
146.65–
147.05
236.01–
236.65
US 33 / CR 25 Eastern terminus of US 33 concurrency at a irregular trumpet interchange
Canaan Township 149.54–
149.73
240.66–
240.97
CR 40 (State Street) Partial cloverleaf interchange
151.93 244.51 SR 690 Southern terminus of SR 690
Rome Township 156.64 252.09 SR 329 Southern terminus of SR 329
Troy Township 165.92–
166.42
267.02–
267.83
SR 7 (Ohio River Scenic Byway) Western terminus of SR 7 concurrency at a trumpet interchange
167.52 269.60 SR 144
170.52 274.43 SR 124 (Youba Ridge Road) Eastern terminus of SR 124
Washington Belpre Township 174.368 280.618 SR 555 Southern terminus of SR 555
175.163–
175.759
281.898–
282.857
SR 618 Incomplete directional T interchange
176.142–
177.223
283.473–
285.213
US 50 Eastern terminus of US 50 concurrency at a trumpet interchange
176.364–
176.903
283.830–
284.698
SR 339 Diamond interchange
Belpre 180.457–
181.828
290.417–
292.624
SR 7 Eastern terminus of SR 7 concurrency; Access from SR 7 southbound to SR 32 eastbound via SR 618
181.805 292.587 SR 618 (Main Street) Western terminus of SR 618 concurrency
182.575 293.826 SR 618 (Washington Boulevard) Eastern terminus of SR 618 concurrency
Ohio River 182.654–
182.710
293.953–
294.043
Parkersburg–Belpre Bridge
Wood Parkersburg 182.710 294.043 WV 618 Eastern terminus; continuation as WV 618
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ohio maps:
  2. ^ a b "Technical Services DESTAPE (By County)". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Title 55, Chapter 5533, Section 26: James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway". Ohio Revised Code. 
  4. ^ Ford, Henry A.; Ford, A. M. & Ford, Kate B. (1881). History of Hamilton County Ohio. p. 347. 
  5. ^ Cist, Charles. Cincinnati in 1841: Its Early Annals and Future Prospects. p. 81. 
  6. ^ Staff. "History of Roadways in Ohio" (PDF). Right of Way Plan Manual (Ohio Department of Transportation). p. 3. Retrieved June 30, 2007. 
  7. ^ Dunlap, Brett (June 30, 2007). "Bridge Remains Last Major Hurdle for Corridor D". Parkersburg News and Sentinel. 
  8. ^ "175 Miles of Appalachian Road Okayed". Hillsboro Press Gazette. August 3, 1965. 
  9. ^ "Ohio Appalachian Highway Progressing; 38.5 Miles Built". Hillsboro Press Gazette. August 8, 1969.