U.S. Route 6 in Ohio

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 6 in Ohio. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 6.

U.S. Route 6 marker

U.S. Route 6
Grand Army of the Republic Highway[1]
Route of US 6 in Ohio highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 248.002 mi[2] (399.121 km)
Existed: 1931 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 6 at the Indiana state line
  I‑75 at Bowling Green
SR 2 at Sandusky
I‑90 at Cleveland
SR 11 at Cherry Valley Township
East end: US 6 at the Pennsylvania state line
Location
Counties: Williams, Henry, Wood, Sandusky, Erie, Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula
Highway system
SR 5 SR 7

U.S. Route 6 (US 6) is a part of the United States Numbered Highway System that runs from Bishop, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts. US 6 is the second longest federal highway in the United States, second only to U.S. Route 20.[1] In Ohio, the road runs west-east from the Indiana state line near Edgerton to the Pennsylvania state line near Andover. The 248.002 miles (399.121 km) that lie in Ohio are maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). US 6 serves the major cities of Sandusky, Lorain, and Cleveland. The highway is also called the Grand Army of the Republic Highway to honor the Union forces of the American Civil War.[1] The alternate name was designated in 1953.

US 6 originally ran from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania. It was extended through Ohio to Colorado in June 1931. The route of US 6 has remained largely unchanged since 1931.[1]

Route description[edit]

US 6 traverses the far northern portion of Ohio, passing through 10 counties. The highway travels through largely farm and field country until it reaches Sandusky. After Sandusky, US 6 travels along the coast of Lake Erie until Cleveland. From Cleveland to the Pennsylvania state line, Route 6 passes through mostly wooded land.

Western Ohio[edit]

US 6 crosses into Williams County, Ohio at the Indiana state line between Butler, Indiana and Edgerton, Ohio. The highway goes east from the border, passing through the small town of Edgerton, where it has a brief concurrency with Ohio State Route 49. Continuing east through farm country, US 6 passes through Ridgeville Corners, until reaching Napoleon in Henry County, where it intersects US 24, starting a 4.6-mile long concurrency.[3] East of Napoleon, US 6 passes through McClure. 15 miles east of McClure, Route 5 passes south of the college town of Bowling Green, intersecting with Interstate 75. Along this 15-mile stretch, the road crosses into Wood County. Just east of Bowling Green, US 6 has a 1-mile long overlap with Ohio State Route 199.

US 6 continues through rural country until it passes just north of Bradner. Here, the highway intersects U.S. Route 23 at the Wood-Sandusky county line. In Sandusky County, US 6 passes through the small towns of Rollersville and Helena before reaching the city of Fremont. In Fremont, US 6 overlaps with Ohio State Route 53 for 4.1 miles, US 20 for 3.9 miles, and Ohio State Route 19 for 2.6 miles.[4] Route 6 skirts the northern city limits of Fremont before turning northwest just east of Fremont. 3 miles from Fremont, US 6 crosses under I-80/I-90, but there is not an interchange between the highways. 11 miles northwest of the interstate, US 6 crosses into Erie County.

Charles Berry Bridge over the Black River in Lorain

Just into Erie County, US 6 overlaps Ohio State Route 269 for 0.6 miles, then intersects Ohio State Route 2 1.8 miles east of the SR 269 concurrency.[4] Just east of this intersection, US 6 enters the city of Sandusky. US 6 passes through a largely residential part of Sandusky. Locally, the highway is also known as Tiffin Avenue, West Washington Street, Warren Street, and Cleveland Road West.[5] Southeast of Sandusky, US 6 passes the Griffing Sandusky Airport near Fairview Lanes. As US 6 continues east through Erie County, it passes through the cities of Huron, Mitiwanga, Beulah Beach, and Vermilion before crossing into Lorain County. East of Vermillion, in Lorain County, US 6 enters the city of Lorain, the last major city before the highway reaches Cleveland. In Lorain, Route 6 stays close to the Lake Erie shoreline and crosses the Black River on Charles Berry Bridge, the second-largest bascule bridge in the world.[6] East of Lorain, US 6 passes through Sheffield Lake and Avon Lake before crossing into Cuyahoga County.

Cleveland[edit]

After passing through Bay Village, US 6 enters the suburbs of Cleveland. In Rocky River, US 6 starts concurrencies with Ohio State Route 2 and U.S. Route 20. Also, an alternate route of US 6 starts in Rocky River and winds along Detroit Avenue for 7.3 miles to its eastern terminus just west of the Cuyahoga River in the Ohio City neighborhood.[7]

US 6 enters the city of Cleveland during its overlap with SR 2 and US 20. US 6, along with US 20, splits from SR 2 just before it crosses the Cuyahoga River on the Main Avenue Bridge. Route 6 meets up with Ohio State Route 3 and U.S. Route 42 at West 25th Street, and the four highways (US 6, US 20, US 42, SR 3) cross the Cuyahoga River on the Veterans Memorial Bridge. At the east end of the bridge, US 6 passes through Public Square. Here, the concurrencies with US 20, US 42, and SR 3 end. U.S. Route 322 also starts a concurrency with US 6 in Public Square that ends 0.5 mi east of the plaza

East of Public Square, US 6 has an interchange with Interstate 90. 4.5 miles east of this intersection, US 6 starts another concurrency with US 20 in East Cleveland that lasts for 4.2 miles.[7] After splitting from US 20, US 6 runs concurrent with Ohio State Route 84 for 2.1 miles before entering Lake County.

Eastern Ohio[edit]

The 10.23 miles that lie within Lake County pass through many small residential developments in Willoughby Hills and Kirtland before crossing into Geauga County. In Geauga County, US 6 passes through the city of Chardon, where it has a brief overlap with Ohio State Route 44. In Chardon, US 6 turns northeast to serve Hambden Township and Montville Township before crossing into Ashtabula County.

In Ashtabula County, US 6 travels straight east through the townships of Hartsgrove, Rome, New Lyme, and Cherry Valley, as well as the village of Andover before turning north with Ohio State Route 7. 7.5 miles north of Andover, US 6 breaks its concurrency with SR 7, turns east, and enters Pennsylvania in Crawford County, just north of the Pymatuning Reservoir.

History[edit]

US 6 was one of the original routes created when the United States Numbered Highway System was formed. Originally, US 6 was only routed from Provincetown, Massachusetts to Brewster, New York.[8] Soon after, it was routed to Pennsylvania and was alternatively named the Roosevelt Highway. The route was not extended into Ohio until 1931, when the highway was expanded to Greeley, Colorado. The Ohio routing established in 1931 has not been changed since then.[1]

By the 1930s, the Roosevelt Highway name had started to fade. Major William Anderson, Jr. took notice of this and proposed the idea of redesignating the highway to honor Union forces during the Civil War. Veteran associations started promoting the idea in 1934. Because each state along the highway owned its portion of US 6, each state had to act on the proposal. Each state had approved the renaming by 1953, and it was in that year that US 6 was designated as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway along its entire length. The name is signed in all 14 states that US 6 passes through.[1][9]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[10] km Destinations Notes
Williams St. Joseph Township 0.00 0.00 US 6 US 6 continues into Indiana
Edgerton 2.975 4.788 SR 49 (South Michigan Avenue) Western end of SR 49 concurrency
3.031 4.878 SR 49 (North Michigan Avenue) Eastern end of SR 49 concurrency
Center Township 10.206 16.425 SR 576
10.976 17.664 SR 2 Western end of SR 2 concurrency
Pulaski Township 13.41 21.58 US 127 / SR 2 / SR 15 Eastern end of SR 2 concurrency
Springfield Township 20.888 33.616 SR 191 Southern terminus of SR 191
23.252 37.420 SR 66 Western end of SR 66 concurrency
Henry Ridgeville Township 26.133 42.057 SR 66 Eastern end of SR 66 concurrency
27.903 44.906 SR 34 Eastern terminus of SR 34
Napoleon Township 34.893–
35.883
56.155–
57.748
US 24 Partial cloverleaf interchange; western end of US 24 concurrency
35.883 57.748 Western end of limited-access highway
Napoleon 36.663–
36.903
59.003–
59.390
SR 108
37.943–
38.463
61.063–
61.900
CR 503 (Industrial Drive) Diamond interchange
Liberty Township 40.203–
40.433
64.700–
65.071
US 24 No access from US 24 westbound to US 6 eastbound, or US 6 westbound to US 24 eastbound; eastern end of US 24 concurrency
40.343–
40.563
64.926–
65.280
CR 424 No access to US 6 westbound from CR 424; former SR 424
Harrison Township 41.013–
41.273
66.004–
66.422
SR 110
41.273 66.422 Eastern end of limited-access highway
44.173 71.090 SR 109
McClure 49.213 79.201 SR 65
Wood Weston Township 57.285 92.191 SR 235 (Otsego Pike)
Bowling Green 64.678–
65.248
104.089–
105.006
SR 25 (South Dixie Highway) Diamond interchange
Center Township 66.019–
66.698
106.247–
107.340
I‑75 Diamond interchange
Freedom Township 72.268 116.304 SR 199 (McCutcheonville Road) Western end of SR 199 concurrency
73.239 117.867 SR 199 (McCutcheonville Road) Eastern end of SR 199 concurrency
76.684 123.411 SR 281 (Bradner Road) Eastern terminus of SR 281
WoodSandusky
county line
FreedomScott
township line
77.686 125.023 US 23 (Fostoria Road)
Sandusky Madison Township 82.706 133.102 SR 300 Southern terminus of SR 300
Washington Township 85.206 137.126 SR 635 Northern terminus of SR 635
Jackson Township 81.716 131.509 SR 590
Ballville Township 90.676 145.929 SR 53 Western end of SR 53 concurrency
Sandusky Township 92.296 148.536 Western end of limited-access highway
92.296–
92.746
148.536–
149.260
US 20 Western end of US 20 concurrency; no access from US 6 westbound to US 20 eastbound
Fremont 93.666–
94.006
150.741–
151.288
SR 19 Western end of SR 19 concurrency
94.506–
94.996
152.093–
152.881
SR 53 Eastern end of SR 53 concurrency
96.136–
96.636
154.716–
155.521
US 20 / SR 19 Eastern end of US 20/SR 19 concurrences
96.636 155.521 Eastern end of limited-access highway
Riley Township 103.326 166.287 SR 510 Northern terminus of SR 510
Erie Margaretta Township 111.508 179.455 SR 269 (Prairie Road) Western end of SR 269 concurrency
112.14 180.47 SR 269 (Martins Point Road) Eastern end of SR 269 concurrency
Sandusky 113.756–
114.038
183.073–
183.526
SR 2
116.452 187.411 SR 101 (Tiffin Avenue) Eastern terminus of SR 101
118.102 190.067 SR 4 (Columbus Avenue) Northern terminus of SR 4
119.092 191.660 US 250 (Sycamore Line) Northern terminus of US 250
120.041 193.187 Cedar Point Causeway Access to Cedar Point
Huron 125.485–
125.666
201.949–
202.240
SR 2 Western end of SR 2 concurrency
125.666 202.240 Western end of limited-access highway
126.036–
126.597
202.835–
203.738
SR 2 Eastern end of SR 2 concurrency; no access from SR 2 westbound to US 6 eastbound, or US 6 westbound to SR 2 eastbound
126.597 203.738 Eastern end of limited-access highway
127.638 205.413 SR 13 (Main Street) Northern terminus of SR 13
Berlin Township 131.237 211.205 SR 61 (Ceylon Road) Northern terminus of SR 61
Vermilion 138.652 223.139 SR 60 (Main Street) Northern terminus of SR 60
Lorain Lorain 146.022 235.000 SR 611D Directional alternate of SR 611
146.322 235.482 SR 611 Western terminus of SR 611
147.752 237.784 SR 58 Northern terminus of SR 58
149.192 240.101 SR 57 Northern terminus of SR 57
Sheffield Lake 154.952 249.371 SR 301 Northern terminus of SR 301
Avon Lake 158.092 254.424 SR 83 Northern terminus of SR 83
Cuyahoga Bay Village 164.642 264.966 SR 252 (Columbia Road) Northern terminus of SR 252
Rocky River 167.942–
168.122
270.276–
270.566

US 6 Alt. / SR 2 / SR 254
Western end of SR 2/SR 254 concurrences; Western terminus of US 6 Alt
Lakewood 168.962 271.918 US 20 / SR 113 / SR 237 / SR 254 Eastern terminus of SR 254; Northern terminus of SR 237/SR 113; Western end of US 20 concurrency
Cleveland 173.112 278.597 Western end of limited-access highway
173.112–
173.972
278.597–
279.981
CR 740 Directional T interchange
174.552–
174.692
280.914–
281.140
CR 747 / CR 748
175.012–
175.242
281.655–
282.025
SR 2 Eastern end of SR 2 concurrency; no access from US 6 westbound to SR 2 eastbound; must use West 28th Street
175.242 282.025 Eastern end of limited-access highway
175.282 282.089
US 6 Alt. (Detroit Avenue) / US 42 (West 25th Street) / SR 3
Eastern terminus of US 6 Alt/US 42; Eastern end of SR 3 concurrency
176.152 283.489 US 20 (Public Square) Eastern end of US 20 concurrency
176.202 283.570 US 422 / SR 8 / SR 14 / SR 43 (Ontario Street)
SR 84
Northern terminus of US 422, SR 8, SR 14, SR 43, SR 84
176.252 283.650 US 322 (Public Square) / SR 3 Northern terminus of SR 3; Eastern terminus of US 322
176.752 284.455 US 322 (East 13th Street) Eastern end of US 322 concurrency
177.482–
177.562
285.630–
285.758
I‑90
178.712 287.609 SR 283 (East 55th Street) Southern terminus of SR 283
East Cleveland 181.972 292.856 US 20 (Euclid Avenue) Western end of US 20 concurrency
Euclid 186.192 299.647 US 20 / SR 84 (Euclid Avenue) Eastern end of US 20 concurrency and terminus of SR 84
Richmond Heights 188.402 303.204 SR 175 (Richmond Road)
Lake Willoughby Hills 189.472 304.926 SR 84 Eastern end of SR 84 concurrency
191.642 308.418 SR 91
192.802 310.285 SR 174
Kirtland 196.442 316.143 SR 306
Geauga Chardon 204.312 328.808 US 6D Directional alternate of US 6
204.332 328.840 SR 44 Western end of SR 44 concurrency
204.532 329.162 US 6D / SR 44 Eastern end of SR 44 concurrency
Hambden Township 207.882 334.554 SR 608 (Old State Road)
208.132 334.956 SR 166 (Rock Creek Road) Western terminus of SR 166
Montville Township 212.522 342.021 SR 86 (Plank Road)
212.942 342.697 SR 528 (Madison Road)
Ashtabula Hartsgrove Township 217.952 350.760 US 6F Directional alternate of US 6
217.992 350.824 SR 534 Western end of SR 534 concurrency
218.032 350.888 US 6F / SR 534 Eastern end of SR 534 concurrency
Rome Township 222.572 358.195 SR 45
New Lyme Township 226.962 365.260 SR 46
230.322–
230.532
370.667–
371.005
SR 11
Cherry Valley Township 232.872 374.771 SR 193
Andover 237.772 382.657 US 6D Directional alternate of US 6
237.842 382.770 SR 7 (South Main Street) Western end of SR 7 concurrency
237.902 382.866 SR 85 (East Main Street) Western terminus of SR 85
237.962 382.963 US 6D
Pierpont Township 245.352 394.856 SR 7 Eastern end of SR 7 concurrency
248.002 399.121 US 6 US 6 continues into Pennsylvania
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b c d e f Weingroff, Richard (April 7, 2011). "U.S. 6 - The Grand Army of the Republic Highway". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "State System Basic Road Inventory". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Roadway Description Inventory Report-Henry County". ODOT. July 27, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Google Maps. Overview Map of U.S. Route 6 Distances Between Intersections (Map). http://maps.google.com.
  5. ^ "Roadway Description Inventory Report-Erie County". ODOT. July 27, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Charles Berry Bascule Bridge repair work to begin next month". The Morning Journal. January 26, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Roadway Description Inventory Report-Cuyahoga County". ODOT. July 27, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Route 6 History". U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Our Story of Route 6". Heritage Documentaries. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Technical Services DESTAPE (By County)". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 3, 2012.