U.S. Route 50 in Ohio

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 50 in Ohio. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 50.

U.S. Route 50 marker

U.S. Route 50
Route of US 50 in Ohio in red
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 209 mi[1] (336 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 50 at IN state line near Cleves
  I‑275 near Cincinnati
I‑71 / I‑75 / I‑471 in Cincinnati
I‑275 near Milford
US 68 in Fayetteville
US 62 in Hillsboro
US 23 / US 35 in Chillicothe
US 33 in Athens
East end: US 50 at WV state line at the Ohio River
Highway system
SR 49 SR 51

U.S. Route 50 runs east–west across the southern part of the U.S. state of Ohio, passing through Cincinnati, Chillicothe, and Athens. It is mainly a two-lane road except for the easternmost part. Near Athens it becomes part of State Route 32, a four-lane divided highway known as Corridor D, and from Reedsville to the Ohio/West Virginia border it also overlaps State Route 7 before crossing into Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Route description[edit]

US 50 enters Ohio from Indiana at a traffic light with State Line Road. The route heads northeast as a four-lane undivided highway, passing through farmland and paralleling a railroad track. The highway passes under Interstate 275 before entering the extreme western suburbs of the greater Cincinnati area. The road has an at-grade crossing with a railroad track, before curving southeast. US 50 has a traffic signal at the intersection with SR 128. Southeast of SR 128, US 50 becomes a four-lane divided highway and cross over the Great Miami River. After the river the route enters Cleves and curves due south and passes through residential properties. In Cleves the highway has a traffic signal with SR 264, before leaving Cleves and entering North Bend. In North Bend the road continues to pass through woodland and residential properties, before passing the monument and tomb of President William Henry Harrison. The highway curves east-southeast and becomes a four-lane undivided highway, before leaving North Bend. The road parallels the Ohio River and passes through a mix of woodland, residential and industrial properties. The route begins to curve northeast and enters Cincinnati.[2][3]

US 50 begins a concurrency with SR 264, at an intersection in the Lower Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati. The two routes heads east and is locally known as the Sixth Street Expressway. The expressway heads east as a six-lane divided highway passing through industrial properties. As the highway heads east it crosses over a railroad track and the Mill Creek. East of the Mill Creek, the road passes under a railroad track, before an eastbound exit towards Mehring Way. Followed by a westbound entrance from Harriet Street, before passing under another railroad track. The highway has an interchange with Freeman Avenue, this interchange does not have a westbound exit. The expressway passes over some railroad tracks and Linn Street, followed by an eastbound entrance and westbound exit to and from Linn Street. East of the interchange with Linn Street, is a bridge over Gest Street, with a westbound exit. After Gest Street, is an interchange with SR 264, this interchange serves downtown Cincinnati. The Sixth Street Expressway end at an interchange with Interstate 75 (I–75) and Second Street. US 50 curves southeast and begins a concurrency with I–71.[2][3]

A section of the Fort Washington Way

I–71 and US 50 head east through downtown on an expressway locally known as Fort Washington Way. Fort Washington Way is an eight-lane divided depressed expressway, passing under five city streets. The highway passes Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ballpark, before I–71 leaves US 50. East of I–71, US 50 is locally known as Columbia Parkway, a four-lane divided highway. The parkway curves northeast having an interchange with I–471, on the east side of downtown. After I–75 the route passes through residential, parallel to the Ohio River. The road has an eastbound exit and a westbound entrance interchange with Martin Drive. After Martin Drive the roadway passes through woodland, as a six-lane undivided highway. The parkway has an eastbound slip ramp with U.S. Route 50 Truck, east of this ramp trucks are not allowed. After the slip ramp the highway curves east, passing over Collins Avenue and having a traffic signal at Torrence Parkway and William Howard Taft Road. East of the traffic signal the route curves southeast having a traffic signal at Delta Avenue. East of Delta Avenue, the roadway becomes a four-lane undivided highway, having a traffic signal at Stanley Avenue. The route becomes a four-lane divided highway, before making a very sharp northeast.[2][3]

After the sharp curve US 50 heads northeast, having an interchange at SR 32, SR 125, and SR 561, the street is locally known as Beechmont Avenue. Northeast of Beechmont Avenue the parkway crosses over both Linwood Avenue and Heekin Avenue, before an interchange with Eastern Avenue. The Eastern Avenue interchange only allows for westbound exit and eastbound entrance, it is also the eastern terminus of US 50 Truck. From this interchange east truck are allow. The route enters Fairfax and has a bridge over some railroad tracks, followed by a bridge over Red Bank Road. After Red Bank Road the highway passes under a railroad track, before having an interchange with Red Bank Road. The highway passes through commercial properties having a traffic signal at Wooster Pike. The traffic signal at Wooster Pike is the eastern terminus of the Columbia Parkway.[2][3]

US 50 heads northeast, locally known as Wooster Pike. The route heads through commercial properties as a two-lane undivided highway, before leaves Fairfax and enters Mariemont. In Mariemont US 50 becomes a two-lane divided highway passing through residential properties. The roadway becomes a four-lane divided highway in the business area of Mariemont. After leaving the business area of Mariemont the route becomes a four-lane undivided highway, passing through commercial properties. The route becomes a two-lane highway with a center turn lane, at an intersection with Newtown Road. The road curves northeast, passing north of the Kroger Hills State Reserve and passing under the Ohio to Erie Trail bike trail, also known as Ohio Bicycle Route 1. The highway enters Terrace Park, having an intersection with SR 126, this intersection is also the western terminus of SR 28. Both US 50 and SR 28 cross over the Little Miami River and enters the City of Milford. The route curves southeast, before turning northeast, passing through the downtown area of Milford. North of downtown the roadway curves east, passing through residential properties, with some commercial properties.[2][3]

The concurrency turns northeast and has a six-way intersection, where US 50 turns southeast and SR 28 continues northeast. US 50 heads southeast as a four-lane undivided highway, passing through commercial properties. The highway has a traffic signal at SR 131 and Milford Parkway, Milford Parkway gives access to I–275. Southeast of this intersection the roadway narrows to a two-lane divided highway. The highway passes under I–275, with no access. The route curves due south and has an intersection with SR 450 (Milford Parkway), SR 450 has access to I–275.[2][3]

A view of U.S. 50 (traveling west) near Albany, Ohio as it is about to leave the concurrency with SR 32
U.S. Route 33 during its brief concurrency with U.S. Route 50 and Ohio State Route 32 in Athens.

East of Milford, US 50 becomes a two-lane highway as it travels through Hillsboro and Bainbridge before reaching the outskirts of Chillicothe. In Chillicothe, US 50 becomes Western Avenue and then Main Street before merging with U.S. Route 23 and U.S. Route 35 east of the city. State Route 104 overlaps US 50 through downtown Chillicothe. As US 50 leaves Chillicothe it becomes a two-lane highway once again as it winds its way through McArthur and heavy forested Southern Ohio before reaching the outskirts of Athens where it becomes a four-lane highway. It will remain four-lane until reaching the Ohio River. US 50 joins with State Route 32 near the Ohio University Bush Airport–Snyder Field in Albany, west of Athens. US 50 intersects with U.S. Route 33 east of the city before continuing eastward toward Belpre and the Ohio River. US 50 begins to overlap SR 7 near Reedsville as it heads north along the river, and splits from SR 7 before it crosses the river on the Blennerhassett Island Bridge to Parkersburg, West Virginia.

History[edit]

In 1912 the route that would become US 50 was signed as Main Market 45.[4] In 1923,Main Market route 45 was decommissioned and SR 7 replaced it from Indiana to Cincinnati. SR 27 from Cincinnati to Milford and SR 26 from Milford to Athens. US 50 replaced SR 144 from Athens to Coolville and SR 7 from Coolville to West Virginia state line. At this time the route that later became US 50 was paved between Indiana and Highland–Ross county line.[5][6] In 1926 US 50 was signed on a route similar to today.[7][8] The current route that US 50 between Athens and West Virginia became US 50S in 1929, with the current SR 550 becoming US 50N.[9][10] US 50S and US 50N would be replaced with US 50 and US 50 Alt, in 1935.[11][12]

The Columbia Parkway in Cincinnati was completed in 1941 and US 50 was rerouted onto the parkway.[13][14] The road west of Cincinnati became a four-lane divided highway in 1949.[15][16] In 1965 the Sixth Street Expressway open and US 50 was rerouted onto the expressway. Also in that year the section of US 50 that is concurrency with SR 7 became a four-lane divided highway.[17][18] US 50 was routed onto the eastern section of the Athens bypass when it open, in 1977.[19][20] The western section was opened in 1979 and US 50 was route onto that year.[21][22] US 50 between Athens and Coolville became a four-lane divided highway between 1997 and 1999.[23][24] Between 2003 and 2007 a new bridge across the Ohio River was built.[25][26]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Hamilton Elizabethtown 0.00 0.00 US 50 west Indiana state line
Cleves 3.73 6.00 SR 128 north Southern terminus of SR 128
4.49 7.23 SR 264 east Western terminus of SR 264
Cincinnati 18.60 29.93 SR 264 west Western end of concurrency with SR 264
18.74 30.16 Warsaw Avenue/Elberon Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
19.31 31.08 West Mehring Way Eastbound exit only
19.54 31.45 Harriet Street Westbound entrance only
19.76 31.80 Freeman Avenue Full eastbound access; westbound entrance only
19.80 31.87 Linn Street Eastbound entrance only; westbound exit
20.13 32.40 Gest Street Westbound exit only
20.22 32.54 US 27 / US 42 / US 52 / US 127
SR 264 east
Eastern end of concurrency with SR 264
Exit to US 27/42/52/127
20.28 32.64 I‑71 south / I‑75 Western end of I–71 concurrency
21.37 34.39 I‑71 north – Columbus Eastern end of concurrency with I-71, I-71 exit 1J
21.91 35.26 I‑471 south–Newport Access to I-471 Southbound only, I-471 exit 6A
22.42 36.08 Martin Drive Eastbound exit and westbound entrance

US 50 Truck / US 52
Eastbound exit; all trucks must exit
27.64 44.48 SR 32 east / SR 125 east / SR 561 north / Beechmont Avenue Western terminus of SR 32 and SR 125
Southern terminus of SR 561; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
28.25 45.46
US 50 Truck west (Eastern Avenue)
Eastbound entrance and westbound exit
Terrace Park 36.04 58.00 SR 28 begins / SR 126 west Eastern terminus of SR 126
Clermont Milford 36.91 59.40 SR 28 east Western end of SR 28 concurrency
37.55 60.43 SR 131 east Western terminus of SR 131
39.11–
39.26
62.94–
63.18
SR 450 west to I‑275 Eastern terminus of SR 450; access to I–275
Stonelick 43.62 70.20 SR 222 south Northern terminus of SR 222
Owensville 46.83 75.37 SR 132 Western end of concurrency with SR 132
47.19 75.94 SR 132 / SR 276 Eastern end of concurrency with SR 132; northern terminus of SR 276
Monterey 50.88 81.88 SR 133
Marathon 54.26 87.32 SR 286 east Western terminus of SR 286
Brown Vera Cruz 57.35 92.30 SR 131
Fayetteville 59.30 95.43 US 68
St. Martin 61.25 98.57 SR 251 north Southern terminus of SR 251
Highland Dodsonville 65.68 105.70 SR 134 south Western end of concurrency with SR 134
65.77 105.85 SR 134 north Eastern end of concurrency with SR 134
Allenburg 67.76 109.05 SR 135 north Southern terminus of SR 135
Hillsboro 76.28 122.76 SR 124 west Western end of concurrency with SR 124
76.57 123.23 SR 73 north Western end of SR 73 concurrency
76.75 123.52 US 62 / SR 73 south / SR 138 Eastern end of SR 73 concurrency
77.18 124.21 SR 124 east
Rainsboro 86.29 138.87 SR 753 south Western end of concurrency with SR 753
87.23 140.38 SR 753 north Eastern end of concurrency with SR 753
Ross Bainbridge, Ross County 94.85 152.65 SR 41 south Western end of concurrency with SR 41
95.75 154.09 SR 41 north Eastern end of concurrency with SR 41
Slate Mills 110.17 177.30 SR 28 west Eastern terminus of SR 28
Chillicothe 114.84 184.82 SR 104 north Western end of concurrency with SR 104
115.18 185.36 SR 772 south Northern terminus of SR 772
115.60 186.04
US 23 Bus. north / SR 159 north
Southern end of concurrency with US 23 Business; southern terminus of SR 159
116.12 186.88
US 23 Bus. south / SR 104 south
Southern end of Business US 23 concurrency; Eastern end of SR 104 concurrency
118.14 190.13 US 23 north / US 35 Interchange; access to westbound US 35
118.61 190.88 US 35 Northern end of US 35 concurrency; eastbound entrance and westbound exit
Schrader 120.13 193.33 US 35 east – Jackson Southern end of US 35 concurrency
Londonderry 127.07 204.50 SR 327 north Western end of concurrency with SR 327
Vinton   SR 327 south Eastern end of concurrency with SR 327
Ratcliffburg SR 671 west Eastern terminus of SR 671
Allensville SR 683 south Northern terminus of SR 683
McArthur SR 93
SR 677 north Southern terminus of SR 677
Prattsville SR 278 north Southern terminus of SR 278
Bolins Mills SR 356 north Southern terminus of SR 356
Athens Albany SR 143 south Northern terminus of SR 143
SR 32 west Western end of concurrency with SR 32
SR 681
Athens US 33 east – Pomeroy, Ravenswood Western end of concurrency with US 33; Exit 18
SR 682 north Southern terminus of OH-681; Exit 17
US 33 west – Columbus Eastern end of concurrency with US 33; Exit 16
Canaanville SR 690 north Southern terminus of SR 690
Guysville SR 329 north Southern terminus of SR 329
Coolville SR 7 south – Pomeroy, Gallipolis Western end of concurrency with SR 7
Interchange
SR 144
Washington Little Hocking SR 124 west Eastern terminus of SR 124
Redbush SR 555 north Southern terminus of SR 555
Porterfield SR 618 east Western terminus of SR 618
SR 339 Interchange
SR 7 north / SR 32 east Eastern end of concurrencies with SR 7 and SR 32
Interchange
SR 618
Ohio River Blennerhassett Island Bridge (state line)
Wood Parkersburg US 50 east
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Planning Network GIS data version 2005.08
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ohio Department of Transportation (2011) (PDF). Ohio Highway Map (Map). Cartography by ODOT. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/maps/11MapFiles/Front-11-PDF.pdf. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
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U.S. Route 50
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Indiana
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