Ohio State Route 7
Major highways in Ohio with OH 7 in red.
|Maintained by ODOT|
|Length:||292.20 mi (470.25 km)|
|Existed:||1924 – present|
|South end:||US 52 near Chesapeake|
US 35 in Gallipolis
|North end:||SR 531 in Conneaut|
|Counties:||Lawrence, Gallia, Meigs, Athens, Washington, Monroe, Belmont, Jefferson, Columbiana, Mahoning, Trumbull, Ashtabula|
State Route 7 (SR 7) is a north–south state highway in the southern and eastern portions of the U.S. state of Ohio. At just over 292 miles (470 km) in length, it is the longest state route in Ohio. Its southern terminus is an interchange with U.S. Route 52 (US 52) just west of Chesapeake. Its northern terminus also serves as the eastern terminus of SR 531 in Conneaut. The path of SR 7 stays within five miles (8.0 km) of the Ohio River (Ohio's border with West Virginia) for the southern portion, with the river being visible from much of the route. The road also remains within 10 miles (16 km) of the Pennsylvania state line for the northern portion.
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Chesapeake and Proctorville bypass
The Chesapeake bypass was first proposed in 1953.
In 1961, the US 52 expressway opened from Chesapeake westward towards Sheridan. The original eastern terminus of the four-lane divided highway was at the current Chesapeake northbound-only exit ramp east of Tallow Ridge Road. US 52 originally crossed at the present-day Robert C. Byrd Bridge that connects Chesapeake to Huntington, West Virginia. In 1979, the US 52 designation moved to the Nick Joe Rahall II Bridge as tolls on that span were removed that year; the segment east of the Rahall Bridge to the Chesapeake interchange was renumbered to SR 7.
Ten years later, the four-lane expressway was extended eastward to an incomplete trumpet interchange just east of Big Branch Road. A four-lane connector route from the partially complete interchange to the foot of the Robert C. Byrd Bridge at SR 527 was completed. At the same time, the two-lane Chesapeake interchange ramp just east of Tallow Ridge Road was converted to a northbound-only exit ramp. The abrupt terminus at Chesapeake was envisioned to connect to Proctorville.
On May 31, 2002, ground was broken for Phase 1-A of the Proctorville bypass. Phase 1-A entailed a two-lane connector road from the East Huntington Bridge to Irene Road, with the original loop ramp from the bridge to State Route 7 being modified into an access road. Phase 1-B was designated from Irene Road to State Route 7 near Fairland East Elementary in Rome. Phase 2 was envisioned from Irene Road west to Chesapeake. The total cost was originally estimated to be at $165 million.
On April 27, 2003, Phase 1-A of the Proctorville bypass opened to traffic. The $6.5 million, one-mile (1.6 km) section of three-lane roadway was opened from the foot of the East Huntington Bridge to Irene Road and signed as SR 607.
On June 3, 2003, bids were opened for Phase 1-B from Irene Road to SR 7 near Fairland East Elementary. The projected cost of the 4.5-mile (7.2 km) segment was originally $27 million, however, when the bids were let, the cost had decreased to $24.3 million. The lowest bid, which was also accepted, came in at $22.1 million. The road was designed as a two-lane limited-access facility on a four-lane right-of-way. Construction began on August 4, with an original estimated completion date of June 30, 2005.
An unusual amount of rain, blamed on two hurricanes, caused major delays. More than one-dozen major slips along Phase 1-B required an additional $30 million in repairs and the purchase of additional land for highwall excavations. Another change was the design of the roadway; originally projected to be widened in the future when higher traffic counts warrant the expansion, it was designed on wide right-of-way with no grade separation between the opposing lanes. During the repair of the slips, a terraced roadway was constructed to separate the future southbound lanes from the northbound by a highwall when the roadway is expanded to four lanes.
Other cost overruns had pushed the cost of construction to $62 million total, which included Phases 1-A and 1-B, up from the original estimates of $32 million. The primary cause was rapidly increasing land values and "unchecked zoning" along the project's projected right-of-way along with geo-technical problems with rocky soil. Property values along the projected route, for instance, increased 91.5% from 1992 to 2001 alone.
In October 2006, a small 1⁄2-mile (0.80 km) segment of the Phase 1-B bypass opened to traffic between SR 607 and Irene Road intersection to SR 775. The remainder, east to SR 7 near Fairland East Elementary, opened on December 8, 2006. It includes intersections with SR 775, Kinley Avenue, and SR 7. Upon completion, phases 1-A and 1-B were signed as SR 7; the bypass from the SR 775 junction to the loop at the East Huntington Bridge was co-numbered with SR 775.
Phase 2 of the bypass, from the Chesapeake bypass to Irene Road at Proctorville, has not been funded. Funding which had been previously promised by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) was later denied. Phase 2 is estimated to cost $76 million to complete. Also due to the construction delays (slips) on the bypass from SR 775 to Fairland East Elementary School (Phase 1-B), the design of Phase 2 may be realigned to prevent slips during construction.
The Pomeroy bypass from Middleport east to US 33 was completed in 1968. At the time of completion, the bypass was two lanes but was upgraded to four lanes, divided, in 1976 from SR 143 to US 33 near Rock Springs. The bypass was extended east in 2000 from Rock Springs to a partial diamond interchange with SR 7 as a four-lane divided expressway. It was initially signed just SR 7. The diamond interchange was later completed with all connections, and the highway was extended eastward to Ravenswood, West Virginia as US 33.
|Lawrence||Union Township||0.00||0.00||US 52||Full-access interchange|
|2.28||3.67||SR 527||Western end of SR 527 concurrency|
|2.83||4.55||SR 527||Eastern end of SR 527 concurrency|
|5.09||8.19||SR 243||Western end of SR 243|
|6.08||9.78||SR 775 south||Western end of SR 775 concurrency|
|Proctorville||6.75||10.86||SR 775 north||Eastern end of SR 775 concurrency|
|Rome Township||7.55||12.15||SR 243||Western end of SR 243 concurrency|
|9.96||16.03||SR 243 west||Eastern terminus of SR 243|
|15.97||25.70||SR 217||Eastern terminus of SR 217|
|Gallia||Crown City||20.15||32.43||SR 553 north||Southern terminus of SR 553|
|Gallipolis Township||38.68||62.25||SR 218 south||Northern terminus of SR 218|
|Gallipolis||41.05||66.06||SR 141 west||Eastern terminus of SR 141|
|41.78||67.24||SR 588 west||Eastern terminus of SR 588|
|42.36||68.17||SR 160 north||Southern terminus of SR 160|
|Gallipolis Township||45.41||73.08||US 33 east||Access to eastbound and from westbound US 35 only|
|Addison Township||46.08||74.16||SR 735 west to US 35||Eastern terminus of SR 735; provides access to westbound and from eastbound US 35|
|Cheshire||53.50||86.10||SR 554 west||Eastern terminus of SR 554|
|Meigs||Middleport||57.44||92.44||Hobson Drive||Former routing of SR 7|
|Salisbury Township||59.79||96.22||SR 124 west||Western end of SR 124 concurrency|
|60.82||97.88||SR 143 north||Southern terminus of SR 143|
|63.62||102.39|| US 33
SR 833 west
|Eastern end of US 33 and SR 124 concurrencies; Eastern terminus of SR 833|
|66.14||106.44||US 33||US 33 leaves to the east.|
|Chester Township||69.87||112.44||SR 248||SR 248 begins to the east (western terminus).|
|Orange Township||77.98||125.50||SR 681||SR 681 crosses west–east.|
|Athens||Troy Township||81.53||131.21||US 50 / SR 32||US 50/SR 32 join from the west.|
|Coolville||82.99||133.56||SR 144||SR 144 crosses northwest-southeast.|
|Troy Township||85.99||138.39||SR 124 west||Eastern terminus of SR 124|
|Washington||Belpre Township||89.86||144.62||SR 555||SR 555 begins to the west (southern terminus).|
|91.23||146.82||SR 618||SR 618 begins to the east (western terminus); ramps from eastbound to eastbound and westbound to westbound only.|
|92.08||148.19|| US 50
|US 50 leaves easterly into West Virginia across the Blennerhassett Island Bridge.
SR 339 crosses south–north.
|Belpre||96.70||155.62||SR 32 to SR 618||SR 32 leaves to the east; access from northbound SR 7 to eastbound SR 32 and to westbound SR 618, and from westbound SR 32 and eastbound SR 618 to southbound SR 7.|
|97.14||156.33||SR 618 to SR 32||SR 618 ends to the south (eastern terminus); access from southbound SR 7 to eastbound SR 32 and to westbound SR 618, and from westbound SR 32 and eastbound SR 618 to northbound SR 7.|
|Warren Township||107.62||173.20||SR 550||SR 550 ends to the west (eastern terminus).|
|Marietta||108.64||174.84||SR 676||SR 676 ends to the northwest (eastern terminus).|
|109.08||175.55||SR 60||SR 60 joins from the northwest.|
|109.94||176.93||SR 26||SR 26 begins concurrent (southern terminus).|
|110.12||177.22||SR 60||SR 60 leaves to the south.|
|110.28||177.48||SR 26||SR 26 leaves to the northeast.|
|Marietta Township||111.34||179.18||I‑77||I-77 passes over SR 7 south–north; full-access interchange (I-77 exit 1).|
|Newport Township||126.02||202.81||SR 807||SR 807 passes over SR 7 southeast-northwest to a 180° ramp; SR 807 begins 0.10 mi (0.16 km). later to the northwest (northern terminus).|
|New Matamoras||139.03||223.75||SR 260||SR 260 begins to the northwest (southern terminus).|
|Monroe||Jackson Township||143.44||230.84||SR 800||SR 800 begins to the west (southern terminus).|
|Lee Township||149.98||241.37||SR 255||SR 255 ends to the north (eastern terminus).|
|Ohio Township||154.31||248.34||SR 536||SR 536 joins from the east.|
|154.71||248.98||SR 536||SR 536 leaves to the west.|
|Clarington||163.00||262.32||SR 78||SR 78 ends to the west (eastern terminus).|
|163.54||263.19||SR 556||SR 556 ends to the west (eastern terminus).|
|Belmont||Powhatan Point||170.87||274.99||SR 148||SR 148 crosses northwest–east.|
|171.86||276.58||SR 148||SR 148 ends to the south (eastern terminus).|
|Mead Township||178.03||286.51||SR 872||SR 872 begins to the southeast (western terminus) via full-access interchange.|
|181.41||291.95||Central Avenue||Interchange; former routing of SR 7|
|Pultney Township||183.48||295.28||Central Avenue||Interchange with same-direction connections only; former routing of SR 7|
|Bellaire||184.32||296.63||SR 147||SR 147 ends to the northwest (eastern terminus) via full-access interchange.|
|185.42||298.40||SR 149||SR 149 begins to the west (southern terminus) via full-access interchange.|
|Pultney Township||188.19||302.86||I-470||Inverted SPUI, leading to a trumpet interchange at I-470 (exit 6)|
|Bridgeport||189.64||305.20||SR 767 to US 40 / US 250 / I‑70||Access from northbound SR 7 to SR 767, US 40, US 250, and I-70 (exit 225); access from these routes to southbound SR 7.|
|189.83||305.50||US 40 / US 250 to I‑70||Access from southbound SR 7 to US 40, US 250, and I-70 (exit 225); access from these routes to northbound SR 7.|
|Martins Ferry||191.77||308.62||SR 647||SR 647 begins northwest (southern terminus).|
|Jefferson||Rayland||198.71||319.79||SR 150||SR 150 ends to the west (eastern terminus) via full-access interchange.|
|Wells Township||203.26||327.12||Brilliant Salt Run Road||Interchange with northbound exit only; former routing of SR 7|
|204.50||329.11||Brilliant Salt Run Road||Interchange; former routing of SR 7|
|Steubenville Township||208.18||335.03||SR 151||SR 151 ends to the west (eastern terminus).|
|Steubenville||212.88||342.60||SR 43||SR 43 begins to the west (southern terminus).|
|214.24||344.79||SR 822 east – Weirton, West Virginia||Closed; former routing of SR 822 across the now-demolished Fort Steuben Bridge; was inverted SPUI.|
|213.98||344.37|| US 22
|US 22 leaves to the east; SR 822 joins from the west here and leaves to the east 0.23 mi (0.37 km). later.|
|Island Creek Township||215.23||346.38|| US 22
|Full-access interchange; US 22 joins from the west; SR 213 begins to the northwest (southern terminus).|
|216.12||347.81||Kingsdale Road||Interchange with northbound exit/southbound entrance only; former routing of SR 7|
|217.17||349.50||Kingsdale Road||Interchange with northbound entrance/southbound exit only; former routing of SR 7|
|Empire||224.96||362.04||SR 152||SR 152 ends to the west (northern terminus) via full-access interchange.|
|Saline Township||230.02||370.18||SR 213||SR 213 ends to the southwest (northern terminus).|
|Columbiana||Wellsville||232.15||373.61||SR 39||SR 39 joins from the northwest via full-access interchange.|
|233.64||376.01||SR 45||SR 45 begins to the northwest (southern terminus) via full-access interchange.|
|East Liverpool||236.86||381.19|| US 30 / SR 11 / SR 39
|US 30/SR 11/SR 39 join from/leave to the south; SR 267 begins to the northwest (southern terminus); full-access interchange except from eastbound US 30/southbound SR 7/southbound SR 11 to SR 267.|
|St. Clair Township||240.19||386.55||SR 170||SR 170 begins to the northeast (southern terminus).|
|Madison Township||242.68||390.56|| US 30 / SR 11
|US 30/SR 11 join from/leave to the northwest; SR 267 ends to the south (northern terminus); full-access interchange.|
|Rogers||250.90||403.78||SR 154||SR 154 crosses west–east.|
|Fairfield Township||253.13||407.37||SR 517 / SR 558||SR 517 ends to the west (eastern terminus) concurrent with SR 558 which crosses west–east.|
|256.18||412.28||SR 46||SR 46 joins from the southeast.|
|Columbiana||257.70||414.73||SR 14 / SR 46||SR 46 leaves to the west, concurrent with SR 14 which crosses west–east.|
|Mahoning||Beaver Township||261.89||421.47||SR 165||SR 165 crosses west–east.|
|262.19||421.95||SR 164||SR 164 crosses southwest-northeast.|
|263.45||423.98||I‑76 / Ohio Turnpike||Access via ramps here; turnpike passes over SR 7 northwest-southeast 0.30 miles (0.48 km) later; I-76 exit 232.|
|264.94||426.38||SR 626||SR 626 ends to the southeast (northern terminus).|
|Boardman Township||267.46||430.44||US 224||US 224 crosses west–east.|
|Youngstown||270.00||434.52||SR 170||SR 170 crosses west–east.|
|270.86||435.91||US 62||US 62 joins from the west.|
|271.83||437.47||Market Street||Former routing of SR 7|
|272.16||438.00||I-680||I-680 passes under US 62/SR 7 northwest-south; access from southbound US 62/SR 7 to I-680 and from I-680 to northbound US 62/SR 7 only (I-680 exit 6).|
|273.42||440.03||SR 289||SR 289 passes over US 62/SR 7 west–east; northbound exit/southbound entrance only.|
US 422 / US 62 Truck
|Expressway’s terminus ahead (truck route) to Albert St.; ramps to continue northbound on US 62/SR 7 and join US 422 westbound 0.55 miles (0.89 km) later; US 422 continues east.|
|274.62||441.96||US 422||US 62/SR 7 leave expressway to the north; US 422 continues (joins from the) west.|
|Trumbull||Hubbard||279.94||450.52||SR 304||SR 304 joins from the west.|
|280.78||451.87|| SR 304
|SR 304 continues to the east; SR 616 ends to the south (northern terminus).|
|Hubbard Township||282.06||453.93||Elmwood Road||Former routing of US 62|
|282.16||454.09||I-80||I-80 passes over US 62/SR 7 west–east (I-80 exit 234).|
|282.92||455.32||US 62||US 62 leaves to the northeast; northbound split of concurrency; no access from southbound to northbound on either route.|
|283.35||456.01||To US 62||Connector provides access from southbound on either route to northbound on the other route.|
|Brookfield Township||285.81||459.97||SR 82||SR 82 crosses west–east.|
|Brookfield Center||286.19||460.58||Warren–Sharon Road||Former routing of SR 82|
|Hartford Township||291.49||469.11||SR 305||SR 305 crosses west–east.|
|Vernon Township||296.75||477.57||SR 88||SR 88 crosses west–east.|
|Kinsman Township||300.74||483.99||SR 5||SR 5 joins from the west.|
|301.93||485.91||SR 87||SR 87 ends to the west (eastern terminus).|
|302.28||486.47||SR 5||SR 5 leaves to the east.|
|Ashtabula||Williamsfield Township||307.42||494.74||US 322||US 322 crosses west–east.|
|Andover||312.55||503.00|| US 6
|US 6 joins from the west; SR 85 begins to the east (western terminus).|
|Richmond Township||320.00||514.99||US 6||US 6 leaves to the east.|
|Pierpont Township||322.56||519.11||SR 167||SR 167 joins from the west.|
|323.47||520.57||SR 167||SR 167 leaves to the east.|
|Monroe Township||330.24||531.47||SR 84||SR 84 crosses west–east.|
|Conneaut||333.95||537.44||I-90||I-90 passes under SR 7 west–east; full-access interchange (I-90 exit 241).|
|335.93||540.63||US 20||US 20 joins from the west.|
|336.15||540.98||US 20||US 20 leaves to the east.|
|337.37||542.94||SR 531||SR 531 ends to the west (eastern terminus).|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
State Route 7 Alternate in Bridgeport
|Length:||0.72 mi (1.16 km)|
State Route 7 Alternate (SR 7A) is a short 0.72-mile-long (1.16 km) unsigned connecting loop that serves as a link from SR 7, US 40, and US 250 to I-70 in Bridgeport. Its western (southern) terminus is at SR 767, and its eastern (northern) terminus is along US 40 at its intersection with US 250 and the northern terminus of SR 767. SR 7A begins at the intersections of Howard Street and SR 767 (South Lincoln Avenue). SR 7A continues west as Howard Street until it intersects Marion Street. It then runs north as Marion Street, intersects I-70, and then intersects US 40, Main Street. SR 7A continues east on US 40 until it ends at US 250 and SR 767, just 370 feet (110 m) west of the West Virginia state line.
|0.00||0.00||SR 767 (South Lincoln Avenue) to SR 7 south||Interchange with SR 7|
|I‑70 – Wheeling, WV, Columbus||Exit 225 (I-70)|
|0.46||0.74||US 40 west (Main Street)||Western end of US 40 concurrency|
|0.72||1.16||US 40 east / US 250 (Main Street) to SR 7 north / SR 767 south (South Lincoln Avenue)||Eastern end of US 40 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 767|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Business State Route 7 from Middleport to Pomeroy
Business State Route 7 stretches from 1 3⁄4 miles (2.8 km) west of Middleport to about 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Pomeroy. This route follows the former alignment of State Route 7 that was replaced by the Pomeroy Bypass, and runs through the downtown areas of Middleport and Pomeroy. It joins with State Route 833 (the former alignment of U.S. Route 33) from one mile (1.6 km) west of Pomeroy to 1 3⁄4 miles (2.8 km) east of Pomeroy, including a brief concurrency with State Route 124, and then heads northeast to the eastern U.S. Route 33/State Route 7 interchange. This route is not listed at ODOT’s Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams as a state-maintained route.
|State Route 7T|
|Length:||0.36 mi (0.58 km)|
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