Interstate 490 (Ohio)

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Interstate 490 marker

Interstate 490
Troy Lee James Highway
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 2.43 mi[2] (3.91 km)
Existed: 1990[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I-71 / I-90 in Cleveland
  I-77 in Cleveland
East end: East 55th Street, Bower Avenue in Cleveland
Highway system
I-480 SR 500
SR 289 I-290.svg SR 290

Interstate 490 (I-490) is a 2.43-mile (3.91 km) Interstate Highway in Cleveland, Ohio. The western terminus is a junction with I-90 and I-71 on Cleveland's west side. After spanning the Cuyahoga River, I-490 reaches its eastern terminus at a junction with East 55th Street, just east of I-77.


Detailed map of I-490 and surrounding freeways

The original plans of the Cleveland and other city and federal highway authorities called for the highway – also known as the Clark Freeway[3] to be designated as Interstate 80N.[4] Ultimately, the 80N designation instead was briefly used to mark another stretch of freeway bypassing the Ohio Turnpike. That stretch was renumbered twice, to I-80 in 1961 and I-480 in 1971, when I-80 was routed on to the turnpike. Instead, what is now the Troy Lee James Highway was designated as Interstate 290. It was to bisect the east side of the city and the eastern suburbs; the I-290 designation continued north along I-271 from the late sixties to the early seventies.[5] I-71 was to have continued along the Innerbelt to Dead Man's Curve, while I-290 was to have used the portion of present I-90 westward to the Parma Freeway near West 65th Street.[4] Freeway revolts in the late 1960s prevented the Clark Freeway east of East 55th Street and the Parma Freeway from being built; specifically, a referendum in Shaker Heights barred the city from allowing the Clark Freeway to pass through the city and its Shaker Lakes.[6][7] The Interstate 290 designation was applied to the Clark Freeway's altered proposed path in 1973,[8] but this alignment was also not built east of East 55th Street. Ultimately I-90 was realigned to follow the Clark Freeway routing west of I-71 and the Innerbelt, and the middle segment of the Clark Freeway between I-71 and I-77 opened in 1990.[1] The Opportunity Corridor expressway is being constructed to follow the path of the cancelled portion of I-490/Clark Freeway eastward from the end of the completed portion until it veers north toward the University Circle neighborhood.

In 2003, I-490 was dedicated to Troy Lee James, former member of the Ohio House of Representatives.[9]

In April 2011, the ramps between I-77 and I-90 to the west were removed, making I-490 the official route between those highways and between I-77 and I-71.[10]

Incomplete I-490 in Cleveland, looking east from West 14th Street in July 1973.

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County.

mi[11] km Exit Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 I-90 west – Toledo Western terminus; I-90 exit 170C
0.06 0.097 1A I-71 south / SR 176 south – Columbus Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-71 exit 247B
0.92 1.48 1B West 7th Street / Houston Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.65 2.66 2A SR 14 / SR 43 (Broadway) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
1.72 2.77 2B I-77 / SR 10 west – Downtown Cleveland, Akron Exit 161 on I-77; proposed rerouting of SR 10[12]
2.43 3.91 East 55th Street Eastern terminus at an at-grade intersection
SR 10 east (Opportunity Corridor) Road continues east as SR 10[12]
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Thoma, Pauline (1990-09-12). "Ceremony gets I-490 on road; Long-awaited bridge opens for business". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  2. ^ "Route Log and Finder List - Interstate System: Table 2". FHWA. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  3. ^ Cuyahoga County, Ohio (August 1966). "Route Location Studies: Clark Freeway, East 55th Street to Outer Belt East Freeway (Report Number 8)". Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  4. ^ a b Ohio Department of Highways. "1957-1958 Biennial Report excerpt". Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  5. ^ Example: Map of Ohio Showing State Highway System (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by ODOH. Ohio Department of Highways. 1964. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  6. ^ O'Malley, Michael (2006-09-25). "Women saved Shaker Lakes from freeways". The Plain Dealer. 
  7. ^ Cleveland Heights Historical Society. "Feature Stories: When Bad Ideas Happen to Good Suburbs: The Clark, Lee and Heights Freeways". Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  8. ^ U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee (November 10, 1973). "U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee" (PDF) (Report). Los Angeles, CA: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. p. 1. Retrieved 2014-08-04 – via Wikimedia Commons. 
  9. ^ "§5516.05: Troy Lee James highway". Ohio Revised Code. 2003-03-19. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  10. ^ "Two Interstate 77/90 Ramps to Close Permanently as Part of Innerbelt Work" (press release). Ohio Department of Transportation District 12, 2011-04-05. Retrieved on 2011-07-19.
  11. ^ "State of Ohio - Department of Transportation - IR 490 Straight Line Diagram" (PDF). Ohio Department of Transportation. January 2003. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Opportunity Corridor Public Hearing" (PDF). City of Cleveland. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google