Ohio State Route 21

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State Route 21 marker

State Route 21
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length59.81 mi[1] (96.25 km)
Existed1971 (1926 as US Route 21)–present
Major junctions
South end US 250 near Strasburg
  US 30 in Massillon
I-76 / US 224 in Norton
I-77 near Fairlawn, in Richfield, and in Cuyahoga Heights
I-80 / Ohio Turnpike in Richfield
North end I-77 in Cuyahoga Heights
Location
CountiesTuscarawas, Stark, Wayne, Summit, Cuyahoga
Highway system
US 21US 22

State Route 21 (SR 21) is a north–south state highway in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Ohio. The southern terminus of SR 21 is north of Strasburg on U.S. Route 250. The northern terminus of SR 21 is at an interchange with Interstate 77 in Cuyahoga Heights.

Route description[edit]

The southern terminus of SR 21 is on US 250 in Franklin Township, Tuscarawas County, north of Strasburg and about 3.1 miles (5.0 km) north of I-77 exit 87. At the intersection, westbound US 250, which had been heading north–northwest, turns to the west while its roadway continues as SR 21. The route is an undivided, two-lane road.

SR 21 proceeds through Franklin Township. At the line with Bethlehem Township, Stark County, the route crosses SR 212 (Dolphin Street SW) and takes the name Erie Avenue SW. As the route enters Navarre, it takes on the character of a small-town street, taking the name Main Street, then enters a concurrency with US 62 at Canal Street. As the route continues through Navarre, it begins to pick up turn lanes. In northern Navarre, the route becomes three lanes, adding a center left-turn lane. Crossing out of Navarre and briefly returning to Bethlehem Township, the route resumes the Erie Avenue SW name. The route next proceeds into Perry Township, then crosses briefly through and skirts the edge of Massillon.

SR 21 later crosses into both Summit County and Norton. Just after, there is an interchange with SR 585 and Wooster Road that has an unusual configuration. It is a hybrid cloverstack interchange with a left-hand flyover ramp from eastbound SR 585 to northbound SR 21. Eastbound Wooster Road just west of the interchange crosses the ramp from eastbound SR 585 to southbound SR 21 at-grade and merges with the loop ramp from southbound SR 21 to eastbound Wooster Road. Additionally, Wooster Road leads to Barberton.

SR 21 merges onto I-77 (exit 136) in Copley Township and remains in a concurrency with the interstate until reaching exit 145 in Richfield, where it departs the interstate. SR 21 next passes under the Ohio Turnpike. It then passes through Brecksville and into Independence, where it crosses Interstate 480 on an overpass immediately east of I-480's interchange with I-77. It next passes briefly through Valley View and into Cuyahoga Heights.

In Cuyahoga Heights, SR 21 reaches its northern terminus at I-77 exit 157.

History[edit]

SR 21 follows the route of the old U.S. Route 21, a major north–south highway that connected greater Cleveland, Ohio, to southern South Carolina. South of Strasburg, Ohio, near the current southern terminus of SR 21, the designation of US 21 was moved to the new Interstate 77 freeway in east-central and southeastern Ohio by the early 1970s and then decommissioned. North of Strasburg, what remained of US 21 as a route separate from I-77 became SR 21.

While I-77 directly serves the larger cities of Canton, Akron and Cleveland, SR 21 connects the smaller communities of Massillon and Norton (and indirectly connects to Barberton), and serves some Northeast Ohio and Greater Cleveland suburbs as a local through route.

Very heavily traveled before the Interstate era, much of SR 21 is divided highway or even freeway due to the needs of the time.

Junction list[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

CountyLocation[2]mi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
TuscarawasFranklin Township0.000.00 US 250 – StrasburgSouthern terminus of SR 21
TuscarawasStark
county line
FranklinBethlehem
township line
1.472.37 SR 212 (Dolphin Street SW) – Beach City, Bolivar
StarkNavarre6.9411.17 US 62 west (W Canal Street)Southern end of US 62 concurrency
Perry TownshipMassillon line9.8515.85Southern end of freeway
US 30 / US 62 east – Canton, WoosterNorthern end of US 62 concurrency
Massillon10.4516.82Erie Street
11.39–
11.68
18.33–
18.80
SR 241 (Finefrock Road SW)
Northern end of freeway
12.5020.12 SR 172 (Lincoln Way W)One-quadrant interchange, via Lillian Gish Boulevard
12.8620.70Cherry Road NW
13.7322.10 SR 236 (Lake Avenue NW)
Lawrence Township19.9332.07 SR 93 (Manchester Avenue NW)
Wayne
No major junctions
SummitNorton29.0646.77 SR 585 (Wooster Road W)Hybrid cloverstack interchange; northern end of SR 585
32.3452.05 I-76 / US 224
33.0253.14 SR 261 (Wadsworth Road)
Copley Township36.5558.82 SR 162 (Copley Road)
38.2161.49Southern end of freeway
I-77 south (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway)Southern end of I-77 concurrency
For junctions, see Interstate 77 in Ohio
SummitRichfield48.1577.49 I-77 north (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway)Northern end of I-77 concurrency
Northern end of freeway
49.0678.95 I-80 / Ohio Turnpike
CuyahogaBrecksville52.4784.44 SR 82 (E Royalton Road)
IndependenceValley View line59.1295.14 SR 17 (Granger Road)
Cuyahoga Heights59.5895.88 I-77 (Willow Freeway)Northern terminus of SR 21
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams".
  2. ^ a b Google (2011-12-21). "Overview map of SR 21" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-12-21.