Ohio State Route 31

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State Route 31 marker

State Route 31
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 32.12 mi[3] (51.69 km)
Existed: 1926[1][2] – present
Major junctions
South end: SR 38 in Marysville
North end: US 68 in Kenton
Location
Counties: Union, Hardin
Highway system
SR 30 SR 32

State Route 31 (SR 31) is a 32.12-mile-long (51.69 km) Ohio State Route that runs between the Marysville and Kenton in the US state of Ohio. The southern terminus of SR 31 is at an intersection with SR 38 in downtown Marysville and the northern terminus is at an intersection with U.S. Route 68 (US 69), in downtown Kenton. None of the highway is listed on the National Highway System. Most of the route is a rural two-lane highway and passes through both farmland and residential properties.

The highway was first signed in 1926 on much of the same alignment as today. SR 31 replaced the SR 21 designation of the highway which dated back to 1923; SR 21 ran between Pomeroy and Findlay. Some of the route became US 68 in 1933, with another section becoming US 33 in 1938. The southern terminus was relocated to Columbus in the late 1930s and in the early 1940s the southern terminus was moved to Marysville. The northern terminus was moved to Kenton in the early 1950s.

Route description[edit]

Southern terminus in Marysville.

SR 31 begins at an intersection with SR 38 in downtown Marysville. The highway heads north, on Main Street, through downtown Marysville, as a two-lane highway. The route leaves downtown by crossing CSX railroad tracks. After the tracks the road makes a turn heading northwest, onto Elwood Avenue, passing through residential properties. The road curves towards the north and has an interchange with U.S. Route 33 (US 33). SR 31 leaves Marysville, heading towards the northwest, passing through farmland, as a two-lane highway. The route has intersections with SR 347 and SR 47. The highway has a T-intersection with SR 793. SR 31 and SR 739 head northwest, before SR 739 turns northeast, leaving SR 31. After SR 793, SR 31 enters Hardin County.[3][4][5]

In Hardin County, SR 31 enters Mt. Victory, from the southeast heading northwest. The highway has an at-grade crossing CSX railroad tracks, before entering downtown Mt. Victory. The road passes through residential properties, before leaving Mt. Victory. Northwest of Mt. Victory, SR 31 passes through farmland, heading towards Kenton. The road crosses over railroad tracks, before entering Kenton. As the road enters Kenton it is locally known as Main Street and has a T-intersection with SR 292. The road passes through industrial properties, before crossing CSX railroad tracks. After the tracks the road begins a concurrency with SR 53.[3][4][5]

Near the northern terminus in Kenton.

The concurrency crosses over the Scioto River and has an at-grade crossing with CSX railroad tracks, before entering downtown Kenton. In downtown Kenton SR 31 and SR 53, is still known as Main Street and is one block east of US 68. The highway has an intersection with SR 309, on the southeast corner of the Hardin Country Court House. The road passes on the east side of the court house, before having an intersection with SR 67. The concurrency ends one block north of the court house, with SR 31 turning due west and SR 53 continuing due north. SR 31 heads west for one block on Carrol Street, before ending at US 68.[3][4][5] The highway is not incorporated within the National Highway System.[6]

History[edit]

The first highway along the current SR 31 route was SR 21, in 1923, SR 21 was routed between Pomeroy and Findlay. The route between Pomeroy and Marysville is along the current US 33 corridor, with the section between Kenton and Findlay along the current US 68 corridor.[7][8] The route number was changed to SR 31 in 1927.[1][2] In 1932, SR 10 was commissioned concurrent with SR 31 between Kenton and Findlay.[9][10] SR 10 became US 68 in 1933.[10][11] US 33 replaced SR 31 between Pomeroy and Columbus, in 1938, from Columbus to Marysville US 33 became concurrent with SR 31.[12][13] The southern terminus was moved to Marysville in 1942, removing the concurrency with US 33.[14][15] In 1951 the concurrency with US 68 was removed, making the northern terminus of SR 31 in Kenton.[16][17]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[3] km Destinations Notes
Union Marysville 0.00 0.00 SR 38 south (South Main Street) / Fifth Street Northern terminus of SR 38
1.35 2.17 US 33 / US 36 / SR 4
Broadway 7.79 12.54 SR 347
York Township 11.86 19.09 SR 47 – Bellefontaine, Richwood
Byhalia 15.63 25.15 SR 739 south Southern terminus of SR 739 concurrency
16.24 26.14 SR 739 north – Marion Northern terminus of SR 739 concurrency
Hardin Mount Victory 22.91 36.87 SR 273 west (Taylor Street) Eastern terminus of SR 273
Kenton 30.56 49.18 SR 292 south Northern terminus of SR 292
31.52 50.73 SR 53 south (Espy Street) Southern terminus of SR 53 concurrency
31.91 51.35 SR 309 (East Franklin Street)
31.98 51.47 SR 67 (East Columbus Street)
32.05 51.58 SR 53 north (North Main Street) Northern terminus of SR 53 concurrency
32.12 51.69 US 68 (North Detroit Street) / West Carrol Street
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ohio Department of Highways and Public Works (August 1, 1926). Map of Ohio Showing State Routes (MrSID) (Map). 1:760,320. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways and Public Works. OCLC 5673562. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Ohio Department of Highways and Public Works (June 1, 1927). Map of Ohio Showing State Routes (MrSID) (Map). 1:760,320. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways and Public Works. OCLC 5673562. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams". Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Ohio Department of Transportation (June 2011). Official Ohio Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). c. 1:570,240. Columbus: Ohio Department of Transportation. OCLC 5673562, 31884639. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Google (September 19, 2013). "Overview of Ohio State Route 31" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ National Highway System: Ohio (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. October 1, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ohio Department of Highways and Public Works (April 1922). Map of Ohio State Highways Showing All Improved Roadways and Indicating System Constructed Under Administration of Gov. Harry L. Davis (MrSID) (Map). c. 1:563,200. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways and Public Works. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Ohio Department of Highways and Public Works (July 1923). Map of Ohio Showing State Routes (MrSID) (Map). 1:760,320. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways and Public Works. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1931). Map of Ohio Showing State Highway System (MrSID) (Map). 1:760,320. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 7231737. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Ohio Department of Highways (1932). Map of Ohio Showing State Highway System (MrSID) (Map). 1:760,320. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 7231704. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1933). Map of Ohio Showing State Highway System (MrSID) (Map). 1:760,320. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 7237035, 837961470. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1937). Official Highway Map of Ohio (MrSID) (Map). 1:760,320. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 16960304. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1938). Ohio Official Highway Map (MrSID) (Map). 1:633,600. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 7453129. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1941). Ohio Highway Map (MrSID) (Map). 1:633,600. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 7408262. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  15. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1942). Ohio Highway Map (MrSID) (Map). 1:633,600. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 54667349. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1950). Ohio Highway Map (MrSID) (Map). 1:633,600. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 7448760. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1951). Ohio Highway Map (MrSID) (Map). 1:633,600. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 13655762. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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