Ohio State Route 4

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State Route 4 marker

State Route 4
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 206.51 mi[1] (332.35 km)
Existed: 1924 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 42 in Cincinnati
  I‑75 in Cincinnati
I‑75 in Dayton
I‑70 in Huber Heights
I‑70 near Enon
I‑80 / I‑90 / Ohio Turnpike near Sandusky
North end: US 6 / SR 101 in Sandusky
Location
Counties: Hamilton, Butler, Montgomery, Greene, Clark, Champaign, Union, Delaware, Marion, Crawford, Seneca, Huron, Erie
Highway system
SR 3 SR 5
State Route 4 concurrent with State Routes 19 and 100 near Bucyrus

State Route 4 (SR 4) is a major north–south state highway in Ohio. Its southern terminus is at U.S. Route 42 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and its northern terminus is at U.S. Route 6 in Sandusky, Ohio. Its path is nearly ruler-straight for many miles. Some portions of the route are still marked as Dixie Highway. The northern portion was constructed by the Columbus and Sandusky Turnpike Company, see Turnpike Lands.

Route description[edit]

State Route 4 begins in Cincinnati, running through Dayton, then joining Interstate 70, with which it runs concurrently for over three miles. The route then goes through Springfield and continues to Marion. It then travels to Bucyrus, finally heading northeast to Sandusky, where it ends.

History[edit]

  • 1924 – Original route established;[2] originally followed current US 23 alignment from Portsmouth to Waldo, and current SR 423 from Waldo to Marion.[3]
  • 1926 – Alignment from Portsmouth to Marion certified as US 23; SR 4 realigned south of Marion to its current southern terminus in Cincinnati, replacing the former SR 6 from Cincinnati to Middletown, the former SR 52 from Middletown to 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Milford Center, and the former SR 38 from Marysville to Marion.[3]
  • 1959 – Alignment from Dayton to Springfield rerouted and upgraded to freeway; segment through Fairborn around Wright-Patterson Air Force Base designated as SR 444.[3]
  • 1967 – Segment from SR 201 to SR 444 upgraded to freeway.[3]


Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Hamilton Cincinnati 0.0 0.0 US 42 Southern terminus at a signalized intersection.
1.2 1.9 SR 562 (Norwood Lateral Expressway) Full-access interchange with expressway.
2.5 4.0 SR 561
2.7 4.3 I‑75 (Mill Creek Expressway) Full-access interchange; I-75 Exit 9.
Woodlawn 7.1 11.4 Glendale Milford Road Former routing of SR 126
7.5 12.1 SR 747 Southern terminus of SR 747.
Springdale 9.4 15.1 West Kemper Road Former routing of SR 126
10.0 16.1 I‑275 Full-access interchange; I-275 Exit 41.
Butler Fairfield 12.4 20.0
SR 4 Byp.
Southern terminus of bypass route.
Hamilton 18.5 29.8 SR 129
Fairfield Township 21.2 34.1
SR 4 Byp.
Northern terminus of bypass route.
Liberty Township 24.3 39.1 SR 747 Northern terminus of SR 747.
Lemon Township 26.3 42.3 SR 63 Western terminus of SR 63.
28.2 45.4 South Main Street Former routing of SR 4
28.7 46.2 SR 73 SR 73 joins from the west.
Middletown 31.3 50.4 SR 122
31.9 51.3 Tytus Avenue Former routing of SR 4
32.8 52.8 SR 73 SR 73 leaves to the east; former southbound alignment of SR 4.
Madison Township 34.6 55.7 Middletown Germantown Road Former routing of SR 4
Montgomery German Township 38.9 62.6 SR 123 Western terminus of SR 123.
Germantown 39.9 64.2 SR 725 SR 725 joins from the west.
40.5 65.2 Dayton Pike Former routing of SR 4
41.5 66.8 SR 725 SR 725 leaves to the east.
Dayton 51.7 83.2 South Broadway Street Former routing of US 35
53.0 85.3 SR 48 Southbound lanes of SR 48 here; northbound lanes 0.2 mi. later; north of this point SR 4 shares SR 48 lanes southbound.
54.8 88.2 I‑75 / SR 201 / SR 202 SR 4 becomes freeway, with lanes to/from the west connecting to full-access interchange with I-75 Exit 54C; southern terminus of SR 202; southern terminus of SR 201.
59.2 95.3 SR 444 Full-access interchange; former eastbound alignment of SR 4.
Huber Heights 63.2 101.7 SR 235 SR 235 joins from east via full-access interchange.
64.6 104.0 I‑70 / SR 235 I-70 joins from the west; SR 235 leaves to the north; full-access interchange; I-70 Exit 41A-B.
Clark Mad River Township 67.8 109.1 I‑675 Full-access interchange; northern terminus of I-675; I-70 Exit 44A-B; I-675 Exit 26A-B.
70.5 113.5 I‑70 SR 4 leaves interstate; I-70 Exit 47 eastbound and Exit 48 westbound (via Enon Road).
Bethel Township 73.2 117.8 SR 369 / SR 4 Southern terminus of SR 369 via full-access interchange; former cross-alignment of SR 4.
Springfield Township 76.0 122.3 US 40 US 40 joins; SR 4 expressway ends.
76.4 123.0 US 68 Full-access interchange with US 68 expressway.
Springfield 78.5 126.3 SR 41 SR 41 joins from the north.
79.0 127.1 SR 72 Southbound lanes of SR 72; northbound lanes 0.1 miles (0.16 km) later.
79.6 128.1 US 40 / SR 41 US 40/SR 41 concurrency leaves SR 4 to the east.
Moorefield Township 84.3 135.7 SR 334 Eastern terminus of SR 334.
85.6 137.8 Old Mechanicsburg Road Former routing of SR 4
87.9 141.5 Old Mechanicsburg Road Former routing of SR 4
Champaign Union Township 90.8 146.1 SR 54
93.7 150.8 SR 56
Mechanicsburg 96.9 155.9 SR 29
Goshen Township 100.9 162.4 SR 161 SR 161 joins from the southwest.
Union Union Township 102.3 164.6 SR 161 SR 161 leaves to the southeast.
104.3 167.9 US 36 US 36 joins from the northwest.
Paris Township 110.1 177.2 Milford Avenue Former routing of SR 4
112.1 180.4 US 33 US 33 expressway joins from the west; expressway concurrency continues northeast.
112.5 181.1 SR 245 Eastern terminus of SR 245; former cross-alignment of US 33.
Marysville 114.1 183.6 SR 31 Southern terminus of SR 31; former cross-alignment.
Paris Township 114.9 184.9 US 33 / US 36 / SR 38 SR 4 leaves expressway via full-access interchange; expressway continues southeast; northern terminus of SR 38; former southbound alignment of SR 4.
Leesburg Township 122.0 196.3 SR 347
124.9 201.0 SR 37 SR 37 joins from the southeast.
Claibourne Township 125.9 202.6 SR 37 SR 37 leaves to the west.
Delaware Thompson Township 129.9 209.1 SR 47 SR 47 joins from the west.
Marion Prospect Township 130.6 210.2 SR 47 SR 47 leaves to the east.
133.4 214.7 SR 203
Marion 140.7 226.4 SR 423 Southbound lanes of SR4/SR 423 concurrency
140.9 226.8 SR 423 SR 423 continues to the south
141.1 227.1 SR 739 Eastern terminus of SR 739.
141.4 227.6 SR 95 / SR 309 Junction with eastbound lanes; westbound lanes 0.1 mi. later.
Marion Township 143.7 231.3 SR 423 SR 423 leaves to the north.
Grand Prairie Township 147.0 236.6 US 23 Full-access interchange with US 23 expressway.
Crawford Dallas Township 151.8 244.3 SR 294
Bucyrus 158.8 255.6 SR 98 SR 98 joins from the south.
159.5 256.7
US 30 Bus. / SR 19 / SR 100
SR 19 and SR 100 join from the east where concurrent with Bus US 30, which continues west.
159.9 257.3 SR 98 SR 98 leaves to the northeast.
Holmes Township 160.7 258.6 US 30 (Lincoln Highway) Full-access interchange with US 30 expressway.
161.2 259.4 SR 19 / SR 100 SR 19/SR 100 concurrency leaves to the west.
Chatfield 169.4 272.6 SR 103 SR 103 joins from the west.
Chatfield Township 170.5 274.4 SR 103 SR 103 leaves to the east.
Seneca Attica 177.8 286.1 US 224
Reed Township 182.2 293.2 SR 162
Huron Sherman Township 185.8 299.0 SR 269 Southern terminus of SR 269, which straddles the Seneca-Huron county line.
187.9 302.4 SR 547
Lyme Township 192.5 309.8 US 20 / SR 18
193.8 311.9 SR 113
Erie Groton Township 198.1 318.8 I‑80 / I‑90 / Ohio Turnpike SR 4 passes over Turnpike here; access ramps are 0.3 mi. later; Turnpike Exit 110.
198.8 319.9 SR 99 Northern terminus of SR 99.
Perkins Township 202.6 326.1 SR 2 Full-access interchange with SR 2 expressway.
Sandusky 206.4 332.2 US 6 / SR 101 Northern terminus of SR 101; eastern terminus of US 6/SR 101 concurrency; US 6 continues east.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

State Route 4 Bypass[edit]


State Route 4 Bypass
Location: Hamilton, Ohio
Existed: early 1970s–present
Map of SR 4 By-Pass

State Route 4 By-Pass (SR 4B or SR 4 Bypass) is a 5.97-mile-long (9.61 km)[4] north–south state highway through Butler County in the western part of the state. The route runs from SR 4 in Fairfield to SR 4 in Fairfield Township north of the Hamilton city limits.

SR 4B begins at a quadrant roadway intersection with SR 4 (Dixie Highway) and Ross Road in eastern Fairfield. Here, the connector road is located in the northwest quadrant of the intersection. The route travels north as a divided four-lane road first crossing over a CSX railroad and intersecting Port Union Road. The next three intersections SR 4B has (from south to north Symmes Road, Tylersville Road, and Hamilton Mason Road) are superstreet intersections that opened in 2012. The roadway briefly expands to three lanes in each direction between Symmes Road and Tylersville Road as it crosses over a Norfolk Southern railroad. This segment also features the Fairfield-Hamilton city boundary. After the Hamilton Mason Road intersection, SR 4B comes to a diamond interchange with SR 129 (Butler County Veterans Highway). North of Hamilton Princeton Road, the route shrinks to an undivided two-lane road, passes under an overpass carrying Milliken Road, and ends at a signalized intersection with SR 4.[5] The entirety of SR 4B is included as a part of the National Highway System (NHS). The NHS is a network of highways that are identified as being most important for the economy, mobility and defense of the nation.[6]

SR 4B was constructed in the early 1970s by ODOT to allow for easier travel between Cincinnati and Middletown.[7][8][9] In the 1990s, the Butler County Transportation Improvement District (BCTID) was formed to help address traffic congestion along the fully two-lane bypass route. Construction started on the widening of SR 4B in 2010 which included the widening of the road from the southern terminus to SR 129, the widening of three bridges, and the creation of three superstreet and one quadrant roadway intersections.[7] Construction of the expanded roadway finished in August 2012 and the BCTID is continuing to study the option of widening SR 4B north of SR 129.[10]

Major junctions[edit]

The entire route is in Butler County.

Location Mile[4] km Destinations Notes
Fairfield 0.00 0.00 SR 4 (Dixie Highway) / Ross Road
Fairfield Township 4.35 7.00 SR 129 (Butler County Veterans Highway) to I‑75 – Dayton, Cincinnati, Hamilton Interchange
5.97 9.61 SR 4 (Hamilton Middletown Road) / Indian Meadows Drive – Hamilton, Middletown
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams". Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Explanation of the Ohio State Highway System (The Unofficial Ohio State Highways Web Site) by John Simpson[unreliable source][dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d Route 4 (The Unofficial Ohio State Highways Web Site) by John Simpson[unreliable source][dead link]
  4. ^ a b ODOT. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams: SR 4-B, Butler County". Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ Google Inc. "Overview of SR 4-B". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=OH-4+Bypass+N&daddr=OH-4+Bypass+N&hl=en&sll=39.363471,-84.504342&sspn=0.114137,0.222988&geocode=FQQGWAIdaI_2-g%3BFb9UWQIdTZv2-g&mra=prev&t=m&z=13. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Federal Highway Administration (October 2012) (PDF). National Highway System: Ohio (Map). http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/national_highway_system/nhs_maps/ohio/cincinnati_oh.pdf. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "State Route 4 Bypass Widening". Butler County Transportation Improvement District. November 17, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1969) (MrSID). 1969 Official Ohio Highway Map (Map). Cartography by P.E. Masheter, Director. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/TransSysDev/Innovation/prod_services/Documents/StateMaps/otm1969a.sid. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  9. ^ ODOH (1971) (MrSID). 1971 Ohio Highway Map (Map). Cartography by J. Phillip Richley, Director. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/TransSysDev/Innovation/prod_services/Documents/StateMaps/otm1971a.sid. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  10. ^ "Bypass 4 Widening Project Overview". Bypass 4 - The City of Fairfield. Retrieved January 5, 2014.