Ohio State Route 53

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State Route 53 marker

State Route 53
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 92.75 mi[1] (149.27 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 68 / SR 67 in Kenton
  US 23 / US 30 in Upper Sandusky
I‑80 / I‑90 / Ohio Turnpike near Fremont
North end: Catawba Island, near Port Clinton
Location
Counties: Hardin, Wyandot, Seneca, Sandusky, Ottawa
Highway system
SR 51 SR 54
Houses lining the highway in Kenton.

State Route 53 is a north–south state highway in the U.S. state of Ohio, generally oriented in the north–south direction. Its southern terminus is at the beginning of the U.S. 68/S.R. 67 concurrency in Kenton, Ohio, and its northern terminus is on Catawba Island in Ottawa County, north of Port Clinton.

Route description[edit]

From Kenton, State Route 53 moves northeast to Forest, then continues eastward to Upper Sandusky. It then moves north through the small towns of Tymochtee and McCutchenville before entering Tiffin. The route then moves due north to Fremont, where it joins a four-route bypass around the city with U.S. Routes 6 and 20 and State Route 19. From its northern bypass interchange, it continues on a northeast heading, following the northern coastline of Sandusky Bay to Port Clinton, where it joins State Route 2 on a bypass around that city. From its eastern bypass interchange, State Route 53 heads north onto Catawba Island.

History[edit]

State Route 53 was an original state highway which stretched from the Ohio River at Higginsport to Port Clinton. The route followed that of current State Route 221 to Georgetown, then followed the route currently followed by U.S. Route 68 to Kenton, then along its current route into Port Clinton. The route entered Port Clinton and truncated at State Route 163.

Before the Fremont bypass was certified, State Route 53 was routed along the Sandusky River through Old Fort into Fremont.

In 1929, State Route 53 was routed through the town of St. Martin, a town it originally bypassed. This reroute was reversed in 1931 and is now State Route 251.

In 1933, State Route 53's southern terminus was moved to Kenton when U.S. Route 68 was certified.

In 1946, State Route 53's northern terminus was extended to Catawba Island. It shared a route with State Route 163 for approximately five miles, then split north to the island. This route was formerly the southern portion of State Route 357.

In 1969, State Route 53 was routed along the State Route 2 bypass with an interchange approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south of its split with State Route 163.

Major junctions[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Hardin Kenton 0.00 0.00 US 68 (Fontaine Street / South Detroit Street) / SR 67 (Espy Street)
0.10 0.16 SR 31 south (Main Street) / Espy Street Southern end of SR 31 concurrency
0.48 0.77 SR 309 (Franklin Street)
0.55 0.89 SR 67 (Columbus Street)
0.63 1.01 SR 31 north (Carroll Street) Northern end of SR 31 concurrency
Patterson 10.78 17.35 SR 81 west (Main Street) Eastern terminus of SR 81
Forest 12.39 19.94 SR 37 north (Lima Street) Southern end of SR 37 concurrency
Wyandot Jackson Township 13.73 22.10 SR 37 south / Township Highway 84 – Marseilles Northern end of SR 37 concurrency
JacksonMifflin
township line
17.30 27.84 SR 293 north / CR 95 – Kirby Southern terminus of SR 293
Upper Sandusky 25.36 40.81 SR 67 south (Marseilles Avenue) / Spring Street Southern end of SR 67 concurrency
26.01 41.86 SR 199 north (Wyandot Avenue) / 8th Street Southern end of SR 199 concurrency
26.17 42.12 SR 199 south (Sandusky Avenue) / Wyandot Avenue Northern end of SR 199 concurrency
Upper SanduskyCrane Township
municipal line
28.20–
28.38
45.38–
45.67
US 23 / US 30 Interchange
28.54 45.93 SR 67 north / CR 47 – Sycamore Northern end of SR 67 concurrency
Tymochtee Township 34.04 54.78 SR 103 west – Carey Southern end of SR 103 concurrency
34.59 55.67 SR 103 east – Sycamore Northern end of SR 103 concurrency
37.63 60.56 SR 587 north / CR 35 (Perry Street) – New Riegel Southern terminus of SR 587
Seneca Hopewell Township 45.61 73.40 US 224 – Attica, Findlay, Seneca County Airport
Tiffin 47.00 75.64 SR 18 east / SR 100 east (West Market Street) Western terminus of SR 103; southern end of SR 103 westbound concurrency
47.11 75.82 SR 18 west (West Perry Street) / SR 100 Northern end of SR 103 westbound concurrency
47.96 77.18 SR 100 south (North Washington Street) Northern terminus of SR 100
Sandusky Ballville Township 59.55 95.84 SR 12 west / CR 201 (Hurdic Road) – Bettsville, Fostoria Eastern terminus of SR 12
BallvilleSandusky
township line
63.05 101.47 US 6 west / CR 6 (Hayes Avenue) – Helena, Bowling Green, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Southern end of US 6 concurrency
Sandusky Township 64.67–
65.12
104.08–
104.80
98 US 20 west / CR 20 (West State Street) – Fremont, Toledo Interchange; southern end of US 20 concurrency
Southern end of freeway
Fremont 66.23–
66.38
106.59–
106.83
94 SR 19 north (Oak Harbor Road) – Oak Harbor Southern end of SR 19 concurrency
66.88–
67.92
107.63–
109.31
101 US 6 east / US 20 east / SR 19 south / Rawson Avenue – Norwalk Northern end of US 6 / US 20 / SR 19 concurrencies
Northern end of freeway
Rice Township 70.07–
70.21
112.77–
112.99
I‑80 / I‑90 / Ohio Turnpike – Cleveland, Toledo Exit 91 (Ohio Tpk.)
73.70 118.61 SR 523 west / Marsh Road Eastern terminus of SR 523
Ottawa Bay Township 80.01–
80.27
128.76–
129.18
117 SR 2 west / CR 52 (Fremont Road) – Toledo Southern end of SR 2 concurrency
Southern end of freeway
Portage Township 83.81–
84.30
134.88–
135.67
121A–B SR 2C to SR 163 – Port Clinton, Catawba Island
86.19–
86.69
138.71–
139.51
124 SR 2 east – Sandusky, Cleveland Northern end of SR 2 concurrency
Northern end of freeway
87.82 141.33 SR 163 – Port Clinton, Lakeside, Marblehead
Catawba Island Township 92.75 149.27 East Water Street / Miller Boat LineSouth Bass Island
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b "DESTAPE". Ohio Department of Transportation. July 3, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014.