Interstate 271

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Interstate 271
Outerbelt East Freeway
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-71
Maintained by Ohio DOT
Length: 46.06 mi[1] (74.13 km)
Existed: 1964 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-71 in Medina Township
  I-77 / SR 21 in Richfield
I-480 / SR 14 in Oakwood
I-480 / US 422 in Bedford Heights
North end: I-90 in Willoughby Hills
Highway system
SR 270 SR 271

Interstate 271 (I-271) is an auxiliary interstate highway in the suburbs of Cleveland and Akron in the U.S. state of Ohio. The highway is officially designated the Outerbelt East Freeway, but is rarely referred to by that name by locals, instead simply referring to it as "two-seventy-one."

Route description[edit]

The highway runs from a junction with I-71 in Medina Township to I-90 in Willoughby Hills, intersecting I-480 (and running jointly with it for a short stretch). The width varies from point to point, but is mostly four to six lanes wide south of I-480 and eight to twelve lanes wide north of I-480; there it is divided into express and local lanes.

The local-express lanes begin at the southern interchange of US-422 and continue northward slightly beyond the end of I-271. The northbound express lanes allow access to all exits (excluding Chagrin Boulevard, Harvard Road, and SR 175, a southbound-only exit). The southbound express lanes bypass all exits except for one combined exit for Chagrin Boulevard (west US-422), Harvard Road, Richmond Road (SR 175) and US-422 (east) interchange. The lanes then become the mainline of I-480N which in turn becomes I-480 westbound.

Interstate 271 does not have a direct interchange with Interstate 80 – one of only a few examples of Interstate Highways that cross but do not intersect. Another example is in Toledo where Interstate 475 crosses Interstate 80/90 but does not intersect with it. The 271/480 section is the only instance of a concurrency of two three-digit Interstate Highways. This is because I-80 was concurrent with I-271 until 1971, when I-80 was routed back on to the turnpike and replaced by I-480.


I-271/I-480 north of the Broadway/Forbes interchange in 2002

Interstate 290 was to have followed the northern end of I-271. I-271 itself was to have followed I-480N and I-480 westward to I-71.[2]

Interstate 271's express lanes were added between 1993 and 1995, with related projects continuing through 1998.[3][4]

For many years, the interchange with State Route 8 was only partially complete. The northbound exit and southbound entrance ramps connected with both directions of State Route 8, but southbound I-271 could only access State Route 8 southbound (though later both directions were accessible[5]), and only northbound State Route 8 could access I-271 northbound. To compensate for the missing movements, a half-diamond was built at State Route 82. The I-271/State Route 8 interchange underwent reconstruction in 2008–2009 that turned it into a complete interchange allowing all movements.[6][7][8]

Similarly, travelers going to and from the north on I-271 had to take surface streets to get to and from the west on I-480 in Cuyahoga County.[citation needed] This link is now covered by unsigned I-480N.

I-271 Rebuilding and Widening program[edit]

The need for the I-271 widening project between Miles Road and the Summit County line was identified in March 2002. Interstate 271 will be widened from two to three lanes north and southbound between Miles Road and Columbus Road and from three to five lanes north and southbound between Columbus Road and the I-480/I-271 split near the Summit County line. Construction will last two years and includes replacement of the existing pavement, noise walls, lighting and signing. A similar project to widen I-271 from two to three lanes will be constructed in Summit County between the Cuyahoga County line and SR 8 and will improve access to the Ohio Turnpike. That project is scheduled to begin in 2014 and be complete in 2016.[9]

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi[10] km Exit Destinations Notes
Medina Medina Township 0.00 0.00 1 I-71 south – Columbus Southern terminus
3.52 5.66 3 SR 94 (Ridge Road) to I-71 north
Summit Richfield 8 13 Rest Area
9.52 15.32 9 I-77.svgOH-21.svg Brecksville Road to I-77 south / SR 21 south Northbound exit; southbound entrance
Richfield Township 10.15 16.33 10 I-77 / SR 21 – Cleveland, Akron, Columbus Same-directional movements only
12.59 20.26 12 SR 303 (Streetsboro Road) – Richfield, Peninsula
Boston Township Bridges over/under I-80 / Ohio Turnpike; no access to turnpike
Macedonia 18.44 29.68 18 SR 8 to SR 82 – Macedonia, Northfield, Boston Heights, Akron Southbound signed as SR 8 only southbound; signed as left exit 18A (south) and exit 18B (north) southbound
19.22 30.93 19 SR 82 (East Aurora Road) – Macedonia, Twinsburg Southbound exit; northbound entrance
Cuyahoga Oakwood 21.84 35.15 21 I-480 east / SR 14 east – Youngstown Southern terminus of concurrency with I-480 / SR 14;
southbound exit; northbound entrance
Bedford 23.28 37.47 23 SR 14 west (Broadway Avenue) / Forbes Road Northern terminus of concurrency with SR 14
Bedford Heights 25.87 41.63 26A-B I-480 west / Rockside Road – Cleveland Northern terminus of concurrency with I-480; northbound exit; southbound entrance
26 Rockside Road Southbound exit; northbound entrance
27.01 43.47 27A US 422 / Miles Road – Warren, Bedford Heights, North Randall Southern terminus of concurrency with US 422; access to US 422 via unsigned I-480N; Miles Rd. (signed separately as exit 27B) not signed southbound; I-480N exit 13A; US 422 exit 13B
27.6 44.4 I-271 north (Express Lanes) to I-90 – Erie Pa. Northbound exit; southbound entrance; south end of Express Lanes
27.94 44.97 27B I-480 west – Toledo Southbound exit; northbound entrance; access via unsigned I-480N
28.08 45.19 28A SR 175 (Richmond Road) / Emery Road Southbound exit; northbound entrance; remaining movements are via exit 27B
Orange 29.01 46.69 28B Harvard Road
Beachwood 29.96 48.22 29 US 422 west / SR 87 east (Chagrin Boulevard) Northern terminus of concurrency with US 422
31.2 50.2 I-271 north (Express Lanes) to I-90 Northbound exit; southbound entrance
31.8 51.2 I-271 south (Express Lanes) to I-480 Southbound exit; northbound entrance
Lyndhurst 32.92 52.98 32 Cedar Road / Brainard Road
Mayfield Heights 33.2 53.4 I-271 south (Express Lanes) to I-480 Southbound exit; northbound entrance
34.98 56.29 34 US 322 (Mayfield Road)
Highland Heights 36.31 58.44 36 Wilson Mills Road
Highland HeightsMayfield line 37.6 60.5 I-90 east – Erie Pa. Northbound exit; southbound entrance; I-90 exit 190
37.8 60.8 I-271 south (Express Lanes) to I-480 Southbound exit; northbound entrance
Lake Willoughby Hills 40.22 64.73 40 I-90 to SR 91 – Cleveland, Erie Pa. Northern terminus; exit 188 on I-90; express lanes end on I-90
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Route Log - Auxiliary Routes of the Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 2". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Ohio Department of Highways. "1957-1958 Biennial Report excerpt". Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  3. ^ Thoma, Pauline (December 11, 1992). "Figgie Road Work to Begin". The Plain Dealer. p. 15C. 
  4. ^ Segall, Grant (November 4, 1998). "Orange Barrels Finally on the Way Out". The Plain Dealer. p. 1B. 
  5. ^ "Northern Summit County".
  6. ^ State Route 8 Phase I Project Overview. State Route 8 Connection. Ohio Department of Transportation District 4.
  7. ^ Armon, Rick (2009-07-30). "New Route 8 Ramp Eases Congestion". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  8. ^ "I-271 Southbound Ramp to SR-8 southbound is now OPEN". State Route 8 Connection, Ohio Department of Transportation District 4, 2009-09-04.
  9. ^ "Commuters on I-271 Get Congestion Relief with Widening Project". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Mileages retrieved from Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams Archived 2008-03-07 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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