U.S. Route 20 in Ohio

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This article is about the section of highway in Ohio. For the entire length of highway, see U.S. Route 20.

U.S. Route 20 marker

U.S. Route 20
Route of US 20 in red across northern Ohio
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 260.54 mi[1] (419.30 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 20 at the Ohio-Indiana border near Edon
  US 127 in Fayette
I‑475 / US 23 in Toledo
I‑75 / US 23 in Perrysburg
US 6 in Fremont
US 250 in Norwalk
I‑80 near Elyria
I‑90 / US 322 in Cleveland
East end: US 20 at the Ohio-Pennsylvania border at Conneaut
Location
Counties: Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Wood, Sandusky, Huron, Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Ashtabula
Highway system
SR 19 SR 21

U.S. Route 20 (US 20) is a United States Numbered Highway that runs from Newport, Oregon to Boston, Massachusetts. Within the state of Ohio, the route runs from the Indiana border near Edon to the Pennsylvania border at Conneaut. The route passes through rural areas west of Toledo, and again between Toledo and the Cleveland metropolitan area. It is one of many routes to enter downtown Cleveland, and it serves some of Cleveland's northeastern suburbs.

History[edit]

Prior to the establishment of the U.S. highway system in 1926, the general routing of US 20 was occupied by SR 23 from the Indiana state line to Toledo, SR 102 from Toledo to Woodville, and SR 2 from Woodville east to the Ohio-Pennsylvania border.[2] The route has existed closely to its 1926 routing, except for two bypasses: one built around the north side of Fremont between 1957 and 1958,[3][4] and a second built around the south side of Norwalk by 1967.[5] By 1932 US 20 between Pioneer and Maumee had become US 20N and a US 20S designation had been created to the south between those points;[6] by 1935 US 20N had reverted to US 20 and US 20S had become US 20A.[7]

Route description[edit]

US 20 enters the state in Northwest Township, Williams County. The route parallels the Ohio Turnpike (Interstate 80/Interstate 90) through rural farmland in the northwest corner of the state. Within the city of Toledo, the route turns east-west along Reynolds Road, which becomes Conant Street as the route enters Maumee. After crosing the Maumee River into Perrysburg, US 20 continues through downtown Perrysburg, then angles southeasterly, becoming concurrent with US 23 until Woodville. US 20 continues southeasterly towards the bypass of Fremont, most of which is concurrent with US 6.

From Fremont eastward, the route becomes a divided highway, except when passing through the communities of Clyde, Bellevue, and Monroeville. The route bypasses Norwalk to the south as an expressway, with much of the old routing of US 20 maintained as part of SR 61. Near Oberlin, US 20 once again becomes an expressway, until the route continues northward on a divided bypass on the east side of Elyria while the freeway continues easterly as SR 10. US 20 turns east again on the east side of Elyria, following Cleveland Street and Center Ridge Road through western suburban Cleveland.

In Lakewood, the route becomes concurrent with US 6 and SR 2, with a portion of the route following the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway. US 20 departs from the Shoreway then crosses the Detroit-Superior Bridge over the Cuyahoga River into downtown Cleveland. From there, the route passes through Public Square easterly, paralleling U.S. Route 322 one block to the south until nearing Case Western Reserve University. It travels northeasterly through the east side of Cleveland, then through the suburbs of Euclid, Wickliffe, Willoughby, Mentor, Ohio, and Painesville, then continues easterly, roughly paralleling the Lake Erie shoreline through Geneva, Ashtabula, and Conneaut and into Pennsylvania.


Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Williams Northwest Township 0.000 0.000 US 20 west – Fort Wayne Indiana state line
SR 49 south – Edon, Edgerton West end of SR 49 concurrency
SR 49 north – Camden, Michigan East end of SR 49 concurrency
Bridgewater Township SR 576 north – Bridgewater Center, Hillsdale, Michigan West end of SR 576 concurrency
SR 576 south – Montpelier East end of SR 576 concurrency
BridgewaterMadison
township line
US 20A east Western terminus of US 20A
Madison Township SR 15 – Pioneer, Holiday City, Bryan
Mill Creek Township US 127 south – West Unity, Bryan West end of US 127 concurrency
Fulton Gorham Township US 127 north / Meridian Road East end of US 127 concurrency
Fayette SR 66 south / Fayette Street Northern terminus of SR 66
Chesterfield Township SR 108 north West end of SR 108 concurrency
SR 108 south – Wauseon East end of SR 108 concurrency
Royalton Township SR 109 – Adrian, Michigan, Delta
Assumption SR 120 west / SR 64 – Metamora, Swanton West end of SR 120 concurrency
Lucas Richfield Township SR 295 / Berkey Southern Road – Berkey, Whitehouse
Sylvania I‑475 / US 23 – Maumee, Ann Arbor, Michigan Exit 13 on I-475
SR 120 east / Central Avenue East end of SR 120 concurrency
Toledo SR 246 east / Dorr Street Western terminus of SR 246
SR 2 / Airport Highway
Maumee I‑80 / I‑90 / Ohio Turnpike – Chicago, Cleveland Double trumpet interchange; exit 59 on Ohio Turnpike
US 20A west / Illinois Avenue Eastern terminus of US 20A
US 24 / Anthony Wayne Trail
Wood Perrysburg SR 25 south / SR 65 south / Boundary Street Northern terminus of SR 25; west end of SR 65 concurrency
SR 65 north / Front Street East end of SR 65 concurrency
SR 795 east / Indiana Avenue Western terminus of SR 795
I‑75 / US 23 north West end of US 23 concurrency; exit 193 on I-75
Troy Township SR 163 east Western terminus of SR 163
81A SR 420 to I‑280 – Toledo To Ohio Turnpike (I-80/I-90); exits 81A and 81B are connected eastbound
81B Pemberville Road
WoodSandusky
county line
TroyWoodville
township line
US 23 south East end of US 23 concurrency
Sandusky Woodville SR 105 west West end of SR 105 concurrency
SR 105 east East end of SR 105 concurrency
Woodville Township SR 300 south Northern terminus of SR 300
WoodvilleWashington
township line
SR 51 north Southern terminus of SR 51
Hessville SR 600 west Eastern terminus of SR 600
Washington Township SR 590
Sandusky Township 98 US 6 west / SR 53 south / State Street – Tiffin, Fremont West end of US-6 and SR 53 concurrencies; west end of expressway; no access from westbound US 20 to eastbound State Street
Fremont 100 SR 19 north – Oak Harbor West end of SR 19 concurrency
101 SR 53 north – Port Clinton, Lake Erie Islands East end of SR 53 concurrency
102 US 6 east – Sandusky East end of US 6 concurrency
Sandusky Township 103 SR 412 / Castalia Street
Green Creek Township State Street — Fremont Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; east end of expressway
SR 19 south East end of SR 19 concurrency
Clyde SR 510 north / Main Street Southern terminus of SR 510
SR 101 / Maple Street
SanduskyHuron
county line
Bellevue SR 18 west / Kilbourne Street West end of SR 18 concurrency
SR 269 / Sandusky Street
Huron SR 113 east Western terminus of SR 113
Lyme Township SR 4
Monroeville SR 99
SR 547 west Eastern terminus of SR 547
Ridgefield Township Western end of expressway
SR 61 – Norwalk Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Norwalk US 250 / SR 13 – Norwalk, Ashland
SR 18 east East end of SR 18 concurrency
Cleveland Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; east end of expressway
NorwalkTownsend
township line
SR 601
Wakeman SR 303 east Western terminus of SR 303
SR 60 SR 60 is concurrent for one block
Lorain Camden Township SR 511
Oberlin SR 58
Russia Township Western end of expressway
SR 511 south Eastern terminus of SR 511
Carlisle Township SR 301 south / Lagrange Road – Lagrange West end of SR 301 concurrency
Grafton Road
Eaton Township SR 10 east to I‑480
SR 57 / SR 301 north – Medina, Elyria
East end of expressway, which continues eastbound as SR 10; US 20 and SR 301 depart eastbound via exit ramp; west end of SR 57 concurrency
Elyria SR 301 north / SR 57 north / SR 113 west / Cleveland Street / John F. Kennedy Memorial Parkway East end of SR 301 and SR 57 concurrencies; west end of SR 113 concurrency
North Ridgeville SR 83 / Avon Belden Road
Cuyahoga Westlake SR 252 / Columbia Road
Rocky River
SR 254 west / SR 113 south / US 6 Alt. west
Eastern terminus of SR 254; northern terminus of SR 113; west end of ALT US 6 concurrency
Cleveland
US 6 Alt. east / Detroit Avenue
East end of ALT US 6 concurrency
SR 237 south / West Clifton Boulevard West end of SR 237 concurrency
US 6 west / SR 2 west / Clifton Boulevard West end of US 6 and SR 2 concurrencies; northern terminus of SR 237
Western end of expressway
Lake Avenue, West Boulevard Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Edgewater Park, Whiskey Island
West 45th Street, West 49th Street 45th Street signed eastbound only; 49th Street signed westbound only; all trucks must exit at 49th Street westbound
SR 2 east US 6 and US 20 exit onto 25th Street; SR 2 continues eastbound as expressway; eastern end of SR 2 concurrency

US 6 Alt. west / US 42 south / SR 3 south / Detroit Avenue / 25th Street
West end of US 42 and SR 6 concurrencies; northern terminus of SR 3
Detroit-Superior Bridge over the Cuyahoga River
US 6 east / US 322 east / US 422 south / SR 8 south / SR 14 south / Public Square East end of US 6 concurrency; western terminus of US 322; northern termini of SR 8, SR 14, and US 422; US 20 continues east out of Public Square on Euclid Avenue
US 322 west / Martin Luther King Jr. Drive West end of US 322 concurrency
US 322 east / Mayfield Road East end of US 322 concurrency
East Cleveland US 6 west / Superior Road West end of US 6 concurrency
Euclid US 6 east / SR 84 east / Chardon Road East end of US 6 concurrency; western terminus of SR 84
SR 175 / Richmond Road
CuyahogaLake
county line
EuclidWickliffe city line I‑90 to I‑271 south to SR 2 – Erie, PA, Columbus, Cleveland, Painesville Exit 186 on I-90
Lake Willoughby SR 91 / Center Street
SR 174 south / River Street Northern terminus of SR 174
SR 640 west / Vine Street Eastern terminus of SR 640
Mentor SR 306 / Reynolds Road
SR 615 / Center Street
Painesville SR 44 to SR 2 / Fern Drive Southbound exit and northbound entrance from SR 44; ramps connect to US 20 via Fern Drive
SR 283 north Southern terminus of SR 283
SR 86 south Northern terminus of SR 86
Painesville Township SR 535 west Eastern terminus of SR 535
SR 2 west Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; eastbound exit and westbound entrance are via SR 535 West; eastern terminus of SR 2
Madison Township SR 528 south / Hubbard Road Northern terminus of SR 528
Ashtabula Geneva SR 534 / Broadway Street
Saybrook Township SR 45 / Center Road
Ashtabula Township SR 11 Exit 97 on SR 11
North Kingsville SR 193 / Main Street
Conneaut SR 7 south West end of SR 7 concurrency
SR 7 north East end of SR 7 concurrency
US 20 east – Erie Continuation into Pennsylvania
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


U.S. Route 20
Previous state:
Indiana
Ohio Next state:
Pennsylvania

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Harter, Kevin (1995-06-18). "The Road Less Traveled". The Plain Dealer Sunday magazine. pp. 8–13.