Ohio State Route 81

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State Route 81 marker

State Route 81
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 70.489 mi[1] (113.441 km)
Existed: 1927 – present
Major junctions
West end: SR 124 near Willshire
  I‑75 near Lima
East end: SR 53 in Patterson
Location
Counties: Van Wert, Allen, Hardin
Highway system
SR 79 SR 82

State Route 81 (SR 81) is an east–west route in western Ohio. Its western terminus is at the Indiana state line near Willshire (the route continues as State Road 124), and its eastern terminus is at SR 53 in Patterson. The route also goes through or close to the towns of Elgin, Lima, Ada, and Dunkirk.[2]

History[edit]

SR 81 was certified by 1927. It was originally routed from Ada to Patterson on the former northernmost section of the now-defunct SR 69. At the time of SR 81's current designation, SR 69 was rerouted to Mount Cory (this route is now part of SR 235).[3][4] SR 81 was extended to the Indiana state line in 1940 along formerly unnumbered roads from Ada to Lima and along the route of the now-defunct SR 704 (which was created in 1937[5]) from Lima to the state line.[6][7] No major changes have occurred to the routing since then.

From 1923 to 1926, SR 81 was a short route in northeastern Ohio between Brentwood Lake and Twinsburg. In 1926, the route became part of SR 82.[8][3][4]

Major junctions[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Van Wert Willshire Township 0.000 0.000 SR 124 west Indiana state line
Willshire 0.422 0.679 US 33 west (Decatur Road) Western end of US 33 concurrency
0.633 1.019 US 33 east / SR 49 south (State Street) Eastern end of US 33 concurrency; eastern end of SR 49 concurrency
Willshire Township 0.730 1.175 SR 49 north Western end of SR 49 concurrency
Liberty Township 9.123 14.682 SR 118 – Ohio City, Rockford
11.712 18.849 US 127 – Celina, Van Wert
Jennings Township 20.364 32.773 SR 116 / Elgin Converse Road – Venedocia, St. Marys
Allen SpencerAmanda
township line
24.887–
24.935
40.052–
40.129
SR 66 south – Spencerville Western end of SR 66 concurrency
Amanda Township 25.175 40.515 SR 66 north – Delphos Eastern end of SR 66 concurrency
Lima 37.587 60.490 SR 309 west (North Jameson Avenue) Western end of SR 309 concurrency
38.467 61.907 SR 65 (North West Street) Western end of SR 65 southbound concurrency
38.519 61.990 SR 65 north (North Elizabeth Street) Western end of SR 65 northbound concurrency
38.711 62.299 SR 65 south / SR 309 east (North Union Street) Eastern end of SR 65 southbound / SR 309 eastbound concurrency
38.762 62.381 SR 65 / SR 309 (North Central Avenue) Eastern end of SR 65 northbound / SR 309 westbound concurrency
Bath Township 40.742 65.568 I‑75 – Dayton, Toledo Exit 127 (I-75)
Hardin Ada 54.248 87.304 SR 235 (North Main Street)
Dunkirk 64.372 103.597 US 68 (South Main Street)
Patterson 70.489 113.441 SR 53 (Kenton Street) / Main Street
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Bing

  1. ^ a b "Division of Planning - Office of Technical Services - Destape files". ODOT. July 16, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2014 — Van Wert County, Allen County, Hardin County 
  2. ^ Google (February 15, 2014). "Ohio State Route 81" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Map of Ohio Showing State Routes (MRSID) (Map). Cartography by G.F. Schlesinger, Director. Ohio Division of Highways. 1926. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Map of Ohio Showing State Routes (MRSID) (Map). Cartography by G.F. Schlesinger, Director. ODOH. 1927. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Official Ohio Highway Map 1937 (MRSID) (Map). Cartography by John Jaster, Jr., Director. ODOH. 1937. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Ohio Highway Map 1939 (MRSID) (Map). Cartography by Robt. S. Beightler, Director. ODOH. 1939. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ohio Highway Map 1940 (MRSID) (Map). Cartography by Robt. S. Beightler, Director. ODOH. 1940. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ Map of Ohio Showing State Routes (MRSID) (Map). Cartography by L.A. Boulay, Director. ODOH. 1923. Retrieved August 18, 2013.