U.S. Route 20 in Ohio

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This article is about the section of highway in Ohio. For the entire length of highway, see U.S. Route 20.

U.S. Route 20 marker

U.S. Route 20
Route of US 20 in red across northern Ohio
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 260.40 mi[1] (419.07 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 20 at the Ohio-Indiana border near Edon
  US 127 in Fayette
I-475 / US 23 in Toledo
I-75 / US 23 in Perrysburg
US 6 in Fremont
US 250 in Norwalk
I-80 near Elyria
I-90 in Cleveland
US 6 / US 42 / US 322 / US 422 / SR 3 / SR 8 / SR 14 / SR 43 / SR 87 in Cleveland, Ohio
East end: US 20 at the Ohio-Pennsylvania border at Conneaut
Location
Counties: Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Wood, Sandusky, Huron, Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Ashtabula
Highway system
SR 19 SR 20

U.S. Route 20 (US 20) is a United States Numbered Highway that runs from Newport, Oregon to Boston, Massachusetts. Within the state of Ohio, the route runs from the Indiana border near Edon to the Pennsylvania border at Conneaut. The route passes through rural areas west of Toledo, and passes through Public Square in Cleveland. It is one of 9 other routes to enter downtown Cleveland at Public Square, and it serves some of Cleveland's northeastern suburbs.

History[edit]

Prior to the establishment of the U.S. highway system in 1926, the general routing of US 20 was occupied by SR 23 from the Indiana state line to Toledo, SR 102 from Toledo to Woodville, and SR 2 from Woodville east to the Ohio-Pennsylvania border.[2] The route has existed closely to its 1926 routing, except for two bypasses: one built around the north side of Fremont between 1957 and 1958,[3][4] and a second built around the south side of Norwalk by 1967.[5] By 1932 US 20 between Pioneer and Maumee had become US 20N and a US 20S designation had been created to the south between those points;[6] by 1935 US 20N had reverted to US 20 and US 20S had become US 20A.[7]

Route description[edit]

US 20 enters the state in Northwest Township, Williams County. The route parallels the Ohio Turnpike (Interstate 80/Interstate 90) through rural farmland in the northwest corner of the state. Within the city of Toledo, the route turns north-south along Reynolds Road, which becomes Conant Street as the route enters Maumee. After crosing the Maumee River into Perrysburg, US 20 continues through downtown Perrysburg, then angles southeasterly, becoming concurrent with US 23 until Woodville. US 20 continues southeasterly towards the bypass of Fremont, most of which is concurrent with US 6.

From Fremont eastward, the route becomes a divided highway, except when passing through the communities of Clyde, Bellevue, and Monroeville. The route bypasses Norwalk to the south as an expressway, with much of the old routing of US 20 maintained as part of SR 61. Near Oberlin, US 20 once again becomes an expressway, until the route continues northward on a divided bypass on the east side of Elyria while the freeway continues easterly as SR 10. US 20 turns east again on the east side of Elyria, following Cleveland Street and Center Ridge Road through western suburban Cleveland.

In Lakewood, the route becomes concurrent with US 6 and SR 2, with a portion of the route following the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway. US 20 departs from the Shoreway then crosses the Detroit-Superior Bridge over the Cuyahoga River into downtown Cleveland. From there, the route passes through Public Square easterly, paralleling U.S. Route 322 one block to the south until nearing Case Western Reserve University. It travels northeasterly through the east side of Cleveland as Euclid Avenue, then through the suburbs of Euclid, Wickliffe, Willoughby, Mentor, Ohio, and Painesville, then continues easterly, roughly paralleling the Lake Erie shoreline through Geneva, Ashtabula, and Conneaut and into Pennsylvania.

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Williams Northwest Township 0.000 0.000 US 20 west – Fort Wayne Indiana state line
2.066 3.325 SR 49 south – Edon, Edgerton Western end of SR 49 overlap
3.072 4.944 SR 49 north – Camden, Michigan Eastern end of SR 49 overlap
Bridgewater Township 9.134 14.700 SR 576 north – Bridgewater Center, Hillsdale, Michigan Western end of SR 576 overlap
10.139 16.317 SR 576 south – Montpelier Eastern end of SR 576 overlap
BridgewaterMadison
township line
12.109 19.488 US 20A east – Holiday City Western end of US 20A
Madison Township 14.333 23.067 SR 15 – Pioneer, Holiday City, Bryan
Mill Creek Township 21.989 35.388 US 127 south – West Unity, Bryan Western end of US 127 overlap
Fulton Gorham Township 24.704–
24.763
39.757–
39.852
US 127 north (Meridian Road) – Hudson, Michigan Eastern end of US 127 overlap
Fayette 26.387 42.466 SR 66 south (Fayette Street) Northern end of SR 66
Chesterfield Township 33.076 53.231 SR 108 north Western end of SR 108 overlap
36.078 58.062 SR 108 south – Wauseon Eastern end of SR 108 overlap
Royalton Township 42.108 67.766 SR 109 – Adrian, Michigan, Delta
Assumption 48.526 78.095 SR 120 west / SR 64 – Metamora, Swanton Western end of SR 120 overlap
Lucas Richfield Township 52.343 84.238 SR 295 (Berkey Southern Road) – Berkey, Whitehouse
Sylvania 59.773 96.195 I-475 / US 23 – Maumee, Ann Arbor, Michigan Exit 13 on I-475
60.883 97.982 SR 120 east (Central Avenue) Eastern end of SR 120 overlap
Toledo 62.633 100.798 SR 246 east (Dorr Street) Western end of SR 246
65.173 104.886 SR 2 (Airport Highway)
Maumee 16.640–
16.660
26.779–
26.812
I-80 / I-90 / Ohio Turnpike – Chicago, Cleveland Double trumpet interchange; exit 59 on Ohio Turnpike
68.713 110.583 US 20A west (Illinois Avenue) Eastern end of US 20A
68.853 110.808 US 24 / SR 25 north (Anthony Wayne Trail) to I-475 / US 23 Western end of SR 25 overlap
Wood Perrysburg 69.913 112.514 SR 25 south (Boundary Street) / SR 65 south Eastern end of SR 25 overlap; western end of SR 65 overlap
70.591 113.605 SR 65 north (Front Street) Eastern end of SR 65 overlap
70.847 114.017 SR 199 begins (Louisiana Avenue) / SR 795 (Indiana Avenue) Northern end of SR 199; western end of SR 795
71.092 114.411 SR 795 east (Indiana Avenue) Eastern end of SR 795 overlap
72.240–
72.408
116.259–
116.529
I-75 / US 23 north – Dayton, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Toledo Western end of US 23 overlap; exit 193 on I-75
Troy Township 78.324 126.050 SR 163 east Western end of SR 163
80.560–
80.751
129.649–
129.956
81A SR 420 to I-280 – Toledo To Ohio Turnpike (I-80/I-90); exits 81A and 81B are connected eastbound
81.167 130.626 81B Pemberville Road
WoodSandusky
county line
TroyWoodville
township line
83.469 134.330 US 23 south Eastern end of US 23 overlap
Sandusky Woodville 86.109 138.579 SR 105 west Western end of SR 105 overlap
86.649 139.448 SR 105 east Eastern end of SR 105 overlap
Woodville Township 89.159 143.488 SR 300 south Northern end of SR 300
WoodvilleWashington
township line
90.299 145.322 SR 51 north Southern end of SR 51
Hessville 93.699 150.794 SR 600 west Eastern end of SR 600
Washington Township 94.899 152.725 SR 590
Sandusky Township 98.759 158.937 98 US 6 west / SR 53 south / State Street – Tiffin, Fremont Western end of US-6 and SR 53 concurrencies; western end of expressway; no access from westbound US 20 to eastbound State Street
Fremont 99.979 160.901 100 SR 19 north – Oak Harbor Western end of SR 19 overlap
100.739 162.124 101 SR 53 north – Port Clinton, Lake Erie Islands Eastern end of SR 53 overlap
102.149 164.393 102 US 6 east – Sandusky Eastern end of US 6 overlap
Sandusky Township 103.099 165.922 103 SR 412 (Castalia Street)
Green Creek Township 104.769 168.609 105 State Street — Fremont Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; eastern end of expressway
105.389 169.607 SR 19 south Eastern end of SR 19 overlap
Clyde 109.679 176.511 SR 510 north (Main Street) Southern end of SR 510
109.869 176.817 SR 101 (Maple Street)
SanduskyHuron
county line
Bellevue 117.109 188.469 SR 18 west (Kilbourne Street) Western end of SR 18 overlap
117.199 188.614 SR 269 (Sandusky Street)
Huron 118.079 190.030 SR 113 east Western end of SR 113
119.609 192.492 SR 4
Monroeville 124.459 200.297 SR 99
SR 547 west Eastern end of SR 547
Ridgefield Township 128.789 207.266 SR 61 – Norwalk Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Norwalk 130.599 210.179 US 250 / SR 13 – Norwalk, Ashland
132.429 213.124 SR 18 east Eastern end of SR 18 overlap
Cleveland Road East end of expressway
NorwalkTownsend
township line
134.929 217.147 SR 601
Wakeman 141.869 228.316 SR 303 east Western end of SR 303
142.719–
142.849
229.684–
229.893
SR 60 (River Street) – Ashland, New London, Vermilion SR 60 is concurrent for one block
Lorain Camden Township 147.849 237.940 SR 511
Oberlin 152.389 245.246 SR 58
New Russia Township 155.729 250.622 SR 511 south Eastern end of SR 511
Carlisle Township 158.809 255.578 SR 301 south (Lagrange Road) – Lagrange Western end of SR 301 overlap
161.109 259.280 Grafton Road
Eaton Township 161.719–
161.999
260.262–
260.712
SR 10 east to I-480
SR 57 / SR 301 north – Medina, Elyria
Eastern end of expressway, which continues eastbound as SR 10; US 20 and SR 301 depart eastbound via exit ramp; western end of SR 57 overlap
Elyria 165.199 265.862 SR 301 north / SR 57 north / SR 113 west (Cleveland Street, John F. Kennedy Memorial Parkway) Eastern end of SR 301 and SR 57 concurrencies; western end of SR 113 overlap
North Ridgeville 168.339 270.915 SR 83 (Avon Belden Road)
Cuyahoga Westlake 176.089 283.388 SR 252 (Columbia Road)
Rocky River 180.739 290.871
SR 254 west (Detroit Road) / SR 113 south (Wooster Road / West Lake Road) / US 6 Alt. west
Eastern end of SR 254; northern end of SR 113; western end of ALT US 6 overlap
Lakewood 180.899 291.129
US 6 Alt. east (Detroit Avenue)
Eastern end of ALT US 6 overlap
181.449 292.014 SR 237 south (West Clifton Boulevard) Western end of SR 237 overlap
181.789 292.561 US 6 west / SR 2 west (Clifton Boulevard) Western end of US 6 and SR 2 concurrencies; northern end of SR 237
Cleveland Western end of Cleveland Memorial Shoreway
Lake Avenue, West Boulevard Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Edgewater Park, Whiskey Island
West 45th Street, West 49th Street 45th Street signed eastbound only; 49th Street signed westbound only; all trucks must exit at 49th Street westbound
188.069 302.668 SR 2 east US 6 and US 20 exit onto 25th Street; SR 2 continues eastbound on the Shoreway; eastern end of SR 2 overlap
188.109 302.732
US 6 Alt. west / US 42 south / SR 3 south (Detroit Avenue, 25th Street)
Western end of US 42 and SR 3 concurrencies
Detroit-Superior Bridge over the Cuyahoga River
188.789 303.826 US 6 / US 42 west / US 322 east / US 422 east / SR 3 south / SR 8 south / SR 14 east / SR 43 south / SR 87 east / Public Square Eastern terminus of US 6 / US 42 concurrency;
eastern terminus of US 42;
western terminus of US 322 / US 422 / SR 14 / SR 87;
northern terminus of SR 3 / SR 8 / SR 43
SR 10 (Opportunity Corridor)
US 322 west (Chester Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) Western end of US 322 overlap.
US 322 east (Mayfield Road) Eastern end of US 322 overlap.
East Cleveland US 6 west (Superior Avenue, Superior Road) Western end of US 6 overlap
Euclid US 6 east / SR 84 east (Chardon Road) Eastern end of US 6 overlap; western end of SR 84
SR 175 (Richmond Road)
CuyahogaLake
county line
EuclidWickliffe
city line
I-90 to I-271 south to SR 2 – Erie, PA, Columbus, Cleveland, Painesville Exit 186 on I-90
Lake Willoughby SR 91 (Som Center Road)
SR 174 south (River Street) Northern end of SR 174
SR 640 west (Vine Street) Eastern end of SR 640
Mentor SR 306 (Reynolds Road)
SR 615 (Center Street)
Painesville SR 44 to SR 2 (Fern Drive) Southbound exit and northbound entrance from SR 44; ramps connect to US 20 via Fern Drive
SR 283 north Southern end of SR 283
SR 86 south Northern end of SR 86
Painesville Township SR 535 west Eastern end of SR 535
SR 2 west Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; eastbound exit and westbound entrance are via SR 535 West; eastern end of SR 2
Madison Township SR 528 south (Hubbard Road) Northern end of SR 528
Ashtabula Geneva SR 534 (Broadway Street)
Saybrook Township SR 45 (Center Road)
Ashtabula Township SR 11 Exit 97 on SR 11
North Kingsville SR 193 (Main Street)
Conneaut SR 7 south Western end of SR 7 overlap
SR 7 north Eastern end of SR 7 overlap
260.40 419.07 US 20 east – Erie Continuation into Pennsylvania
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


U.S. Route 20
Previous state:
Indiana
Ohio Next state:
Pennsylvania

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DESTAPE". Ohio Department of Transportation. July 3, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Wood, Sandusky, Huron, Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Ashtabula. 
  2. ^ 1925 Official Highway Map (Map). Ohio Department of Highways. 1925. 
  3. ^ 1957 Official Highway Map (Map). Ohio Department of Highways. 1957. § G4. 
  4. ^ 1958 Official Highway Map (Map). Ohio Department of Highways. 1958. § G4. 
  5. ^ 1967 Official Highway Map (Map). Ohio Department of Highways. 1967. § I5. 
  6. ^ 1932 Official Highway Map (Map). Ohio Department of Highways. 1932. 
  7. ^ 1935 Official Highway Map (Map). Ohio Department of Highways. 1935. 

Further reading[edit]

KML is from Wikidata
  • Harter, Kevin (1995-06-18). "The Road Less Traveled". The Plain Dealer Sunday magazine. pp. 8–13.