U.S. Route 50 in Ohio

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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 Indiana state line
 
East end US 50 at West Virginia state line
Highway system
SR 49SR 50

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 and westernmost parts. 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 (from Interstate 75 in Queensgate to the Waldvogel Viaduct, which continues to Lower Price Hill). 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 allowed. 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 designated Main Market Route 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.[17] Also in that year the section of US 50 that is concurrency with SR 7 became a four-lane divided highway.[18][19] US 50 was routed onto the eastern section of the Athens bypass when it open, in 1977.[20][21] The western section was opened in 1979 and US 50 was route onto that year.[22][23] US 50 between Athens and Coolville became a four-lane divided highway between 1997 and 1999.[24][25] Between 2003 and 2007 a new bridge across the Ohio River was built.[26][27]

The section of the Columbia Parkway between William Howard Taft Road/Torrence Parkway and Delta Avenue has numerous abandoned staircases built into the Art Deco retaining walls (which were constructed in 1938 as part of the Works Progress Administration). The City of Cincinnati began the process of sealing up these staircases in 2008.[citation needed]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
HamiltonWhitewater Township0.000.00 US 50 westIndiana state line
3.736.00 SR 128 north to I-74 – Miamitown, HamiltonSouthern terminus of SR 128
Cleves4.497.23 SR 264 eastWestern terminus of SR 264
Cincinnati18.6129.95 SR 264 west (State Avenue)Western end of SR 264 concurrency
18.6630.03Elberon Avenue / Warsaw AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; interchange
Western end of freeway
19.5431.45Mehring WayEastbound exit and westbound entrance
19.7631.80 To I-75 north / Freeman AvenueNo westbound exit
19.9332.07Linn Street / Dalton AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
20.1332.40Gest StreetWestbound exit only
20.2232.54 SR 264 east (Fifth Street) – DowntownEastern end of SR 264 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
20.5533.07 I-75 north – DaytonWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; US 50 west follows exit 1D
20.7633.41 I-71 south / I-75 south – Louisville, LexingtonWestern end of I–71 concurrency
20.9133.65Second StreetEastbound exit only
21.2734.23Third Street – Downtown, RiverfrontWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
21.3734.39 I-71 north – ColumbusEastern end of I-71 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
To I-71 north / Eggleston AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Sixth Street – DowntownWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
21.9135.26 I-471 south – Newport, KYI-471 exit 6A
22.3635.98Martin DriveEastbound exit and westbound entrance
Eastern end of freeway
22.5336.26
US 50 Truck east (Bains Street) to US 52
Eastbound exit only; all trucks must exit
27.7544.66 SR 32 / SR 125 (Beechmont Avenue) / SR 561Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; western terminus of SR 32 and SR 125; southern terminus of SR 561; interchange
28.2545.46
US 50 Truck west (Eastern Avenue) to SR 32 / SR 125 (Beechmont Avenue) / SR 561 (Linwood Avenue)
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; interchange
Fairfax29.2847.12Red Bank RoadInterchange
Milford36.0458.00 SR 126 westWestern end of SR 28 concurrency
Clermont36.9159.40 SR 28 east (Main Street)Eastern end of SR 28 concurrency
37.6760.62 SR 131 east to I-275 / Milford ParkwayWestern terminus of SR 131
Miami Township39.1963.07 SR 450 to I-275Eastern terminus of SR 450
Stonelick Township43.6270.20 SR 222 south – BataviaNorthern terminus of SR 222
Owensville46.8375.37 SR 132 north – GoshenWestern end of SR 132 concurrency
47.1975.94 SR 132 south / SR 276 south – Batavia, WilliamsburgEastern end of SR 132 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 276
Jackson Township50.8881.88 SR 133 – Blanchester, Williamsburg, Stonelick State Park
Marathon54.2687.32 SR 286 east – Five MileWestern terminus of SR 286
BrownVera Cruz57.3592.30 SR 131
Fayetteville59.3095.43 US 68
Perry Township61.2298.52 SR 251 north – Chatfield College, St. MartinSouthern terminus of SR 251
HighlandDodsonville65.69105.72 SR 134 southWestern end of SR 134 concurrency
65.76105.83 SR 134 north – LynchburgEastern end of SR 134 concurrency
Allensburg67.77109.07 SR 135 north – LynchburgSouthern terminus of SR 135
Hillsboro76.27122.74 SR 124 westWestern end of SR 124 concurrency
76.63123.32 SR 73 north (West Street)Western end of SR 73 concurrency
76.76123.53 US 62 / SR 73 south / SR 138 (High Street)Eastern end of SR 73 concurrency
77.19124.23 SR 124 east – Highland County Airport, Rocky Fork State ParkEastern end of SR 124 concurrency
Paint Township86.30138.89 SR 753 south – Fort Hill, Rocky ForkWestern end of SR 753 concurrency
Rainsboro87.23140.38 SR 753 northEastern end of SR 753 concurrency
RossPaxton Township94.86152.66 SR 41 southWestern end of SR 41 concurrency
Bainbridge95.76154.11 SR 41 north – GreenfieldEastern end of SR 41 concurrency
Twin Township110.18177.32 SR 28 west – GreenfieldEastern terminus of SR 28
Chillicothe114.85184.83 SR 104 north (High Street)Western end of SR 104 concurrency
115.19185.38 SR 772 south (Paint Street)Northern terminus of SR 772
115.61186.06
US 23 Bus. north / SR 159 north (Bridge Street)
Western end of US 23 Bus, concurrency; southern terminus of SR 159
116.13186.89
US 23 Bus. south / SR 104 south (Bridge Street)
Eastern end of US 23 Bus. concurrency; eastern end of SR 104 concurrency
Scioto Township118.16190.16 US 23 north to US 35 west – Columbus, Dayton, PortsmouthInterchange
118.62190.90 US 35 west to US 23 north – Columbus, DaytonWestern end of US 35 concurrency; interchange; eastbound entrance and westbound exit
Liberty Township120.14193.35 US 35 east / Schrader Road – JacksonEastern end of US 35 concurrency; interchange
Londonderry127.08204.52 SR 327 north – Adelphi, Tar HollowWestern end of SR 327 concurrency
VintonHarrison Township131.11211.00 SR 327 south – Wellston, RayEastern end of SR 327 concurrency
134.30216.13 SR 671 west – Tar HollowEastern terminus of SR 671
Richland Township139.84225.05 SR 683 south – Lake Rupert, HamdenNorthern terminus of SR 683
McArthur146.61235.95 SR 93 (Market Street)
Elk Township149.25240.19 SR 677 north – ZaleskiSouthern terminus of SR 677
Prattsville151.98244.59 SR 278 north – Zaleski, NelsonvilleSouthern terminus of SR 278
Bolins Mills157.81253.97 SR 356 north – MineralSouthern terminus of SR 356
AthensLee Township160.14257.72 SR 143 south – MiddleportNorthern terminus of SR 143
161.06259.20 SR 32 west – JacksonWestern end of SR 32 concurrency
Albany163.19262.63 SR 681 – AlbanyInterchange
Athens171.16275.46 US 33 east / Richland Avenue – Pomeroy, RavenswoodWestern end of US 33 concurrency; interchange; exit 18 (eastbound only)
Western end of freeway
172.03276.86 SR 682 north to SR 56 / Richland Avenue – AthensSouthern terminus of SR 682; exit 17
Athens Township173.02278.45County Road 25 / Stimson AvenueExit 16C
173.53279.27 US 33 west / State Street – ColumbusEastern end of US 33 concurrency; exit 16B (eastbound only)
Eastern end of freeway
Canaan Township176.13283.45East State StreetInterchange
178.57287.38 SR 690 north – AmesvilleSouthern terminus of SR 690
Rome Township183.28294.96 SR 329 north – Guysville, StewartSouthern terminus of SR 329
Troy Township192.68310.09 SR 7 south – Pomeroy, GallipolisWestern end of SR 7 concurrency; interchange
194.16312.47 SR 144 – Stewart, Hockingport
197.16317.30 SR 124 west / CR 61 – HockingportEastern terminus of SR 124
WashingtonBelpre Township201.00323.48 SR 555 north – BartlettSouthern terminus of SR 555
202.40325.73 SR 618 – BelpreEastbound exit and westbound entrance; interchange
Western end of freeway
203.24327.08 SR 339 – Beverly
203.80327.98 SR 7 north / SR 32 east – Belpre, MariettaEastern end of SR 7 and SR 32 concurrencies
Ohio River204.24328.69Blennerhassett Island Bridge
US 50 east to I‑77 – ParkersburgContinuation into West Virginia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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U.S. Route 50
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Indiana
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