Ohio State Route 555

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State Route 555 marker

State Route 555
Route information
Length: 62.39 mi[1] (100.41 km)
Existed: 1937 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 50 / SR 7 / SR 32 in Little Hocking
North end: SR 60 near Zanesville
Location
Counties: Washington, Morgan, Perry, Muskingum
Highway system
SR 554 SR 556

State Route 555 (SR 555) is a 62.39-mile (100.41 km) long, north–south running state highway that passes through four counties in southeastern Ohio. State Route 555's southern terminus is at the concurrency of US 50, SR 7 and SR 32 (James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway) in the unincorporated community of Little Hocking in extreme southwestern Washington County. Its northern terminus is at SR 60 in Wayne Township, just outside of Zanesville. The route passes through primarily rural portions of Washington, Morgan, Perry, and Muskingum counties, connecting unincorporated villages along the way. Its emergence into southern Zanesville at the route's northern end takes the route into a more suburban setting before it terminates.

Route description[edit]

SR 555 at its intersection with SR 377 in Chesterhill
SR 555's short concurrency with SR 78 in Ringgold

SR 555 begins at a stop-controlled intersection with US 50, SR 7, and SR 32, a divided highway known as the James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway, in Belpre Township. The route heads on a winding route towards the northwest. Northwest of Cutler, the route clips a part of the Wayne National Forest. After its brief routing through the Wayne National Forest, SR 555 intersects SR 550 in the community of Bartlett. Just shortly after the intersection with SR 676 at its western terminus, SR 555 enters Morgan County and continues in a northwesterly direction. In the village of Chesterhill, one of only two incorporated towns through which SR 555 passes, the route shares a concurrency with SR 377. After exiting the village, the route heads back in a northwestern direction but slowly begins to head in a more northerly direction through Morgan County. After sharing a brief concurrency with SR 78 in Ringgold, SR 555 re-enters another part of the Wayne National Forest and briefly enters Perry County. The road curves back into Morgan County where it begins a new concurrency with SR 37. The two routes head west into Perry County before SR 555 breaks off and travels north.[2]

SR 555's stay in Perry County is short as it soon re-enters Morgan County where it intersects and joins SR 669 for a 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km) overlap in the York Township community of Deavertown. Upon entering Muskingum County, the route travels north in Brush Creek Township. As SR 555 begins to approach the Muskingum River, the route curves to the left at an intersection with County Road 6A and becomes known as Old River Road. At this point, state maintenance of the road ends and SR 555 becomes county-maintained as Muskingum County Road 6.[1] Through the remainder of Brush Creek Township and parts of Springfield Township, the county-maintained highway closely parallels the river but is shielded from view by rows of trees. After making an S-curve to cross the Moxahala Creek, the route barely misses the village limits of South Zanesville but does reach a southern section of the city of Zanesville. At the city limits, CR 6 ends and SR 555 is its own route again (though within any incorporated towns, state highways are maintained by the municipality[3]). Just after the city limits, SR 555 reaches the eastern terminus of SR 719 at a signalized intersection. SR 555 turns right to cross over the Muskingum River before it ends at an intersection with SR 60.[2]

As of 2012, no part of SR 555 is included within the National Highway System.[4] Due of its largely rural setting, SR 555 is not a heavily-used travel route. According to Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) traffic counts from 2012, the most heavily-trafficked segment of the route is its bridge over the Muskingum River in Zanesville with an annual average daily traffic count (AADT) of about 12,600 vehicles.[5] The next highest traffic count along the route was at a station just south of the SR 719 intersection; its AADT in 2012 was only about 4,500 vehicles.[5] The least-traveled section in 2012 was just south of SR 78 in Ringgold with an AADT of 90.[5] Because of its winding route, scenic views, and rolling hills especially in the southern portions of the route, SR 555 also nicknamed The Triple Nickel is a popular route among motorcyclists.[6][7][8]

History[edit]

SR 555 was first designated on a wholly gravel road between Little Hocking and Frazier at SR 77 (now SR 60) in 1937. Except for a rerouting of the northern terminus from Frazier to a point along SR 60 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of Frazier, the route of SR 555 has remained unchanged since its first designation.[9][10]

Originally, SR 555 crossed the Muskingum River on the Five Mile Bridge connecting Brush Creek and Wayne Townships. In 1975, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) proposed a realignment of SR 555 along the west side of the river from Brush Creek Township to South Zanesville utilizing Muskingum County Road 6. This proposal also included the vacation of the Five Mile Bridge from the state system and the creation of a connector road between US 22 and SR 555, then called County Road 719 (now State Route 719).[11] The new alignment of SR 555 was in place by 1980 and still runs along this route today however the new alignment is still maintained as County Road 6.[12][1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Washington Belpre Township 0.00 0.00 US 50 / SR 7 / SR 32 (James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway) – Belpre, Athens, Pomeroy
Bartlett 16.10 25.91 SR 550 – Barlow, Marietta, Athens
Wesley Township 19.34 31.12 SR 676 east – Watertown Western terminus of SR 676
Morgan Chesterhill 22.70 36.53 SR 377 south (Marion Street) / Coal Street – Sharpsburg Southern end of SR 377 concurrency
22.85 36.77 SR 377 north (Marion Street) / Mill Street – Pennsville Northern end of SR 377 concurrency
Union Township 34.66 55.78 SR 78 east – McConnelsville Southern end of SR 78 concurrency
34.78 55.97 SR 78 west – Glouster Northern end of SR 78 concurrency
Perry
No major junctions
Morgan Deerfield Township 42.72 68.75 SR 37 east Southern end of SR 37 concurrency
Perry Bearfield Township 43.16 69.46 SR 37 west – New Lexington Northern end of SR 37 concurrency
Morgan York Township 47.53 76.49 SR 669 west / CR 84 (Deavertown Road) – Crooksville Southern end of SR 669 concurrency
50.50 81.27 SR 669 east – Malta, Eagleport Northern end of SR 669 concurrency
Muskingum Zanesville 62.19 100.09 SR 719 west to US 22 west / SR 93 south / Moxahala Avenue Eastern terminus of SR 719
Wayne Township 62.33 100.31 SR 60 to SR 146
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b c d Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  2. ^ a b Google Inc. "Ohio State Route 555". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=OH-32+E%2FOH-7+N%2FUS-50+E%2FJames+A.+Rhodes+Appalachian+Hwy&daddr=39.3404761,-81.7597923+to:39.557003,-81.9576789+to:39.7185521,-82.0289163+to:OH-60+N%2FOH-60+Scenic+N%2FState+Rte+60+N%2FS+River+Rd&hl=en&ll=39.590874,-81.856384&spn=0.910116,1.783905&sll=39.406754,-81.745834&sspn=0.228133,0.445976&geocode=FZA-VwIdAXwh-w%3BFbxJWAId0HEg-yk3S-aJQEdIiDFXRVvY-LT_Ag%3BFYuXWwId0mwd-ykfBdaAHhpIiDF27mvnYZOqyA%3BFZgOXgIdjFYc-yn7YQxbpeI3iDGD2St77byvow%3BFVH9YAIdSsIc-w&mra=dpe&mrsp=1&sz=12&via=1,2,3&t=m&z=10. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "Financial and Policy Implications on Assuming Primary Responsibility for All State Routes Throughout Ohio Regardless of Local Government Jurisdiction". ODOT. March 11, 2011. Retrieved January 16, 2014. Except in the case of maintaining, repairing, erecting traffic signs on, or pavement marking of state highways within villages, which is mandatory as required by section 5521.01 of the Revised Code, and except as provided in section 5501.49 of the Revised Code, no duty of constructing, reconstructing, widening, resurfacing, maintaining, or repairing state highways within municipal corporations, or the bridges and culverts thereon, shall attach to or rest upon the director, but the director may construct, reconstruct, widen, resurface, maintain, and repair the same with or without the cooperation of any municipal corporation, or with or without the cooperation of boards of county commissioners upon each municipal corporation consenting thereto. 
  4. ^ Federal Highway Administration (October 2012) (PDF). National Highway System: Ohio (Map). http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/national_highway_system/nhs_maps/ohio/oh_ohio.pdf. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Staff. "Transportation Information Mapping System". ODOT. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Triple Nickle - Route 555". MotorcycleRoads.com. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "OH 555 - The Triple Nickel". Open Road Journey. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ohio’s Best Twisty Rides". Ohio Ride Guide. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1936) (MrSID). 1936 Official Highway Map (Map). Cartography by John Jaster, Jr., Director. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/TransSysDev/Innovation/prod_services/Documents/StateMaps/otm1936a.sid. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  10. ^ ODOH (1937) (MrSID). Official Ohio Highway Map 1937 (Map). Cartography by John Jaster, Jr., Director. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/TransSysDev/Innovation/prod_services/Documents/StateMaps/otm1937a.sid. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  11. ^ "Public Hearing Planned on Ohio 555 Proposal". Zanesville Times Recorder. October 23, 1975. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Traffic Survey Report of the State Highway System (Muskingum County)". ODOT. 1980. p. 6. Retrieved January 16, 2014.