U.S. Route 33 in Ohio

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U.S. Route 33 marker

U.S. Route 33
Route of US 33 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 236.80 mi[1] (381.09 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 33 west of Willshire
 
East end: US 33 at Ravenswood Bridge into Ravenswood, WV
Location
Counties: Van Wert, Mercer, Auglaize, Logan, Union, Franklin, Fairfield, Hocking, Athens, Meigs
Highway system
SR 32 SR 33

U.S. Route 33 (US 33) is a United States Numbered Highway running from near Elkhart, Indiana, to Richmond, Virginia. Within the state of Ohio, it is a predominantly southeast–northwest highway running from west of Willshire before crossing over into West Virginia via the Ravenswood Bridge over the Ohio River. The route runs through largely rural territory throughout most of the state's west-central, central, and southeastern regions, although it also passes through large portions of downtown Columbus.

Route description[edit]

US 33 during its brief concurrency with US 50 and SR 32 in Athens
US 33 east of Bellefontaine passing through the Marmon Valley
US 33 and I-270 Interchange

US 33 enters Ohio from Indiana, to the west, near Willshire in Van Wert County as a two-lane highway, continuing southeast through Mercer County, crossing US 127, then entering Auglaize County, joining limited-access Ohio Route 29 (SR 29) briefly near St. Marys, continuing east as a four-lane parkway, then a controlled-access highway near Wapakoneta, where it intersects Interstate 75 (I-75).

East of I-75, the road once again becomes two-lane as it continues to Lakeview and Russells Point south of Indian Lake. At the terminus of SR 117 near Huntsville, US 33 becomes a limited-access, multi-lane highway before reaching US 68 at Bellefontaine where it resumes as a controlled-access freeway, passing Campbell Hill, the highest point in Ohio, and continuing around Marysville. Entering Franklin County, the road runs concurrently with SR 161, then intersects I-270 in Dublin.

After I-270, the route loses its controlled-access status and passes though the Dublin Historic District and crosses the Scioto River. The overlap with SR 161 then ends, and US 33 heads south on Riverside Drive towards downtown Columbus, following the Scioto River along the western border of Upper Arlington, where it passes Griggs Reservoir, one of the main sources of water for Columbus. The road changes names two times in this area, first to Dublin Road at the intersection with Trabue Road, and then to Spring/Long Streets at SR 315. The route continues south on 3rd/4th Streets and then east on Livingston Avenue, heading towards the Columbus neighborhood of Driving Park.

In Bexley, US 33 veers southeast onto College Avenue, then intersects I-70. After Petzinger Road, the route becomes a controlled-access highway, subsequently intersecting SR 104, I-270 (for the second time), and SR 317 (Hamilton Road). Following the Ebright Road near Blacklick Estates, the highway continues to the southeast as a non-limited-access expressway.

Beginning at Carroll, US 33 bypasses Lancaster as a limited-access freeway completed in 2005.[2] Continuing southeast, the highway enters Ohio's scenic Hocking Hills region near Sugar Grove as an expressway. East of Logan, the highway again becomes limited-access for approximately 13 miles (21 km). As the route approaches Nelsonville, traffic continues on the limited access four-lane bypass that opened October 1, 2013.[3] Further southeast towards Athens, the expressway design resumes, followed by a brief limited-access section around Athens, where it joins the concurrent US 50/SR 32 for about three miles (4.8 km). South of Athens, US 33 continues as a limited-access highway, bypassing Pomeroy, intersecting SR 124 and SR 7, and continuing to the Ohio River in Meigs County, crossing the Ohio on the two-lane cantilever Ravenswood Bridge, and entering West Virginia in Ravenswood.

In total, US 33 traverses 236.8 miles (381.1 km) across the Buckeye State.

History[edit]

The Ravenswood Bridge was built in 1981 and originally carried the designation SR 824 until 2003, when US 33 was rerouted on a new bypass out of Pomeroy and connecting to the bridge, supplanting SR 824 in the process.[4]

In 2013, an expressway bypass was completed around Nelsonville. This was done to reduce traffic congestion in the area, as the original routing through Nelsonville was only two lanes wide.[5]

As of 2013, the route had an average of 73,000 vehicles per day.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Van Wert Willshire Township 0.00 0.00 US 33 north – Fort Wayne Indiana state line
Willshire 0.53 0.85 SR 81 west to SR 124 Western end of SR 81 concurrency
0.75 1.21 SR 81 east / SR 49 north (Walcott Street) Eastern end of SR 81 concurrency; western end of SR 49 concurrency
0.94 1.51 SR 49 south Eastern end of SR 49 concurrency
Mercer Rockford 9.29 14.95 SR 118 north to SR 117 Western end of SR 118 concurrency
9.81 15.79 SR 118 south Eastern end of SR 118 concurrency
Dublin Township 13.64 21.95 SR 707 west Western end of SR 707 concurrency
14.16 22.79 US 127 / SR 707 east – Van Wert, Celina Eastern end of SR 707 concurrency
Neptune 19.91 32.04 SR 197 – Buckland, Celina
Auglaize St. Marys 25.00 40.23 SR 29 – St. Marys, Celina Western end of expressway; interchange
27.25 43.85 SR 66 – Spencerville, St. Marys Interchange
Moulton Township 31.60 50.86 County Road 91 — Moulton Interchange
Wapakoneta 35.15 56.57 County Road 33A — Wapakoneta Interchange
36.97 59.50 Hardin Pike — Wapakoneta Interchange
37.23 59.92 SR 67 / SR 198 / SR 501 / County Road 25A – Wapakoneta Western terminus of SR 67; southern terminus of SR 198 and SR 501; interchange; former US 25
38.51 61.98 I-75 – Toledo, Dayton Exit 110 on I-75
39.10 62.93 Wapak Fisher Road – Fryburg Eastern end of expressway
Union Township 43.02 69.23 SR 65 north – Uniopolis, Lima Western end of SR 65 concurrency
45.07 72.53 SR 65 south – Jackson Center Eastern end of SR 65 concurrency
New Hampshire 49.95 80.39 SR 196 north (Main Street) / SR 385 east (Market Street) Southern terminus of SR 196; western terminus of SR 385
Logan Stokes Township 52.89 85.12 SR 366 east Western terminus of SR 366
Lakeview 55.22 88.87 SR 235 – Ada, Fairborn, Indian Lake
Russells Point 56.58 91.06 SR 720 west Eastern terminus of SR 720
57.20 92.05 SR 708 – Orchard Island
Washington Township 61.29 98.64 SR 274 – Huntsville, Jackson Center
62.48 100.55 SR 117 – Huntsville, Lima Interchange; eastern terminus of SR 117
Harrison Township Western end of freeway
Bellefontaine 67.18 108.12 US 68 – Bellefontaine, Kenton
68.72 110.59 SR 540 – Bellefontaine
Jefferson Township 71.39 114.89 County Road 10 — Zanesfield, Bellefontaine
73.48 118.25 SR 292 – East Liberty, Valley Hi
Perry Township 77.47 124.68 SR 347 – East Liberty
Union Allen Township 81.81 131.66 SR 287 / SR 739 (Honda Parkway) Western access to Marysville Auto Plant; southern terminus of SR 739 and eastern terminus of SR 287
83.86 134.96 Honda Parkway East access to Marysville Auto Plant
Paris Township 89.01 143.25 SR 245 / Northwest Parkway – Marysville
89.51 144.05 US 36 west / SR 4 south – Urbana, Springfield Western end of US 36 and SR 4 concurrencies
Marysville 91.51 147.27 SR 31 – Kenton No access from US 33 west to SR 31 south
91.84 147.80 SR 4 north – Marion Eastern end of SR 4 concurrency
93.35 150.23 US 36 east – Delaware Eastern end of US 36 concurrency
96.00 154.50 Scottslawn Road
Jerome Township 101.53 163.40 US 42 – Delaware, Plain City
Dublin 106.05 170.67 SR 161 west (Post Road) – Plain City Western end of SR 161 concurrency
Franklin 107.58 173.13 Avery-Muirfield Drive — Dublin
108.84 175.16 108 I-270 – Grove City Exit 17 on I-270; eastern end of freeway
109.98 177.00 SR 745 north (High Street)
110.19 177.33 SR 161 east (Dublin Granville Road) / SR 257 north (Riverside Drive) Southern terminus of SR 257; eastern end of SR 161 concurrency; roundabout
Columbus 119.27 191.95 I-670 east to SR 315 I-670 exit 1A
121.47 195.49 I-670 west – Dayton I-670 exit 2A
121.66 195.79 SR 315 south to I-71 SR 315 exit 1C
122.92 197.82 US 23 north (4th Street) to I-71 north / I-670 Western end of US 23 overlap
122.92 197.82 SR 3 north (Long Street) Western end of SR 3 overlap
123.11 198.13 US 40 / SR 16 / US 62 north (Broad Street) Western end of US 62 overlap
123.44 198.66 US 62 south / SR 3 south (Rich Street) to SR 315 Eastern end of US 62 / SR 3 overlap
123.72 199.11 US 23 south (Fulton Street) Eastern end of US 23 overlap
123.74 199.14 I-70 / I-71 south – Wheeling No access to northbound I-71; exit 100B on I-70
126.61 203.76 I-70 – Downtown, Wheeling I-70 exit 103B
128.19 206.30 128A I-70 west – Downtown Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; exit 105A on I-70
128.9 207.4 128C To I-70 east / James Road – Wheeling Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
129.1 207.8 128B Winchester Pike Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; interchange; western end of freeway
129.25 208.01 129 SR 104 (Refugee Road) Northern terminus of SR 104; signed as exits 129A (west) and 129B (east) westbound
131.03 210.87 131A-B I-270 Exit 46 on I-270; signed as exits 131A (south) and 131B (north)
132.23 212.80 132 SR 317 (Hamilton Road)
Canal Winchester 135.91 218.73 135 SR 674 – Canal Winchester Northern terminus of SR 674; interchange; eastern end of freeway
Fairfield Violet Township 138.60 223.06 Hill Road / Diley Road Interchange
Carroll Winchester Road Projected completion May 31, 2017[6]
Greenfield Township 145.182 233.648 Lancaster Business Route Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
146.272 235.402 CR 31 — Lithopolis, Coonpath Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Hocking Township 150.282 241.855 SR 188 – Lancaster, Circleville
152.552 245.509 US 22 – Lancaster, Circleville
Berne Township 158.162–
158.412
254.537–
254.939
Lancaster Business Route, Tarklin Road Lancaster Business Route signed westbound only
Hocking Good Hope Township 162.012 260.733 SR 374 south – Cantwell Cliffs Northern terminus of SR 374
Falls Township 166.972 268.715 SR 180 / CR 33A – Laurelville
Logan 170.292 274.058 SR 664 – Logan, Bremen
172.232 277.181 SR 93 – Logan, McArthur
174.172 280.303 SR 328 south – Logan Northern terminus of SR 328
Green Township 177.222 285.211 SR 595 north – New Straitsville Southern terminus of SR 595
Athens
No major junctions
Hocking Ward Township 182.072 293.016 Nelsonville Business Route To SR 278
Athens Nelsonville 185.792 299.003 SR 78 east (Happy Hollow Road) to SR 691 south Western terminus of SR 78
Dover Township 191.882 308.804 SR 682 – The Plains
Athens 194.082 312.345 SR 13 north / SR 550 east – Chauncey, Amesville Southern terminus of SR 13; western terminus of SR 550
196.362 316.014 State Street — Athens
Athens Township 196.852 316.803 US 50 east / SR 32 east – Belpre
Stimson Avenue
Western end of US 50 and SR 32 concurrencies; full access to US 50/SR 32, eastbound exit and westbound entrance to Stimson Avenue only
197.292 317.511 County Road 25, Stimson Avenue Westbound entrance at US 50 exit
Athens 198.322 319.168 SR 682 north to SR 56 – Athens Southern terminus of SR 682
199.082–
199.122
320.391–
320.456
US 50 west / SR 32 west (Richland Avenue) – Chillicothe, Cincinnati Eastern end of US 50 and SR 32 concurrencies; separate exits eastbound for US 50/SR 32 and Richland Avenue
Meigs Bedford Township 211.302 340.058 SR 681 – Tuppers Plains, Albany Grade separation
Salisbury Township 218.772–
218.792
352.079–
352.112
SR 124 / SR 833 west / SR 7 – Gallipolis, Pomeroy Interchange; US 33 and SR 124 exchange carriageways; eastern terminus of SR 833; western end of SR 7 concurrency
County Road 20, County Road 25 Grade separation
221.212 356.006 SR 733 west / SR 7 east / County Road 7A – Belpre, Pomeroy Eastern end of SR 7 concurrency; eastern terminus of SR 733; eastern end of expressway
Sutton Township 226.992 365.308 County Road 28 Grade separation
Lebanon Township 233.892 376.413 SR 124 – Portland, Apple Grove
262.202 421.973 County Road 338 Former SR 338
Ohio River 236.802 381.096 Ravenswood Bridge; Ohio–West Virginia state line
US 33 east – Charleston Continuation into West Virginia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ohio Department of Transportation (June 24, 2015). "Roadway Description Inventory Report: DESTAPE". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lane, Mary Beth (October 28, 2005). "Bypass Is a Smooth Move for Commuters on Rt. 33". The Columbus Dispatch. 
  3. ^ Lane, Mary Beth (October 2, 2013). "Rt. 33 Motorists Save Time as Nelsonville Bypass Opens". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation (January 2003). Official Ohio Transportation Map (MrSID) (Map) (2003–2004 ed.). c. 1:570,240. Columbus: Ohio Department of Transportation. OCLC 5673562, 31884639. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Ohio Department of Transportation. "U.S. Route 33 Nelsonville Bypass Opens Ahead of Schedule" (Press release). Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  6. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation. "The US 33 Carroll Interchange Project". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 

External links[edit]

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