U.S. Route 33 in Ohio

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U.S. Route 33 marker

U.S. Route 33
Route of US 33 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length236.80 mi[1] (381.09 km)
Existed1926–present
Major junctions
West end US 33 west of Willshire
 
East end US 33 at Ravenswood Bridge into Ravenswood, WV
Location
CountiesVan Wert, Mercer, Auglaize, Logan, Union, Franklin, Fairfield, Hocking, Athens, Meigs
Highway system
SR 32SR 33

U.S. Route 33 (US 33) is a United States Numbered Highway running from near Elkhart, Indiana, to Richmond, Virginia. Within the state of Ohio, it is a predominantly southeast–northwest highway running from west of Willshire before crossing over into West Virginia via the Ravenswood Bridge over the Ohio River. The route runs through largely rural territory throughout most of the state's west-central, central, and southeastern regions, although it also passes through large portions of downtown Columbus.

Route description[edit]

US 33 during its brief concurrency with US 50 and SR 32 in Athens
US 33 east of Bellefontaine passing through the Marmon Valley
US 33 and I-270 Interchange

US 33 enters Ohio from Indiana, to the west, near Willshire in Van Wert County as a two-lane highway, continuing southeast through Mercer County, crossing US 127, then entering Auglaize County, joining limited-access Ohio Route 29 (SR 29) briefly near St. Marys, continuing east as a four-lane parkway, then a controlled-access highway near Wapakoneta, where it intersects Interstate 75 (I-75).

East of I-75, the road once again becomes two-lane as it continues to Lakeview and Russells Point south of Indian Lake. At the terminus of SR 117 near Huntsville, US 33 becomes a limited-access, multi-lane highway before reaching US 68 at Bellefontaine where it resumes as a controlled-access freeway, passing Campbell Hill, the highest point in Ohio, and continuing around Marysville. Entering Franklin County, the road runs concurrently with SR 161, then intersects I-270 in Dublin.

After I-270, the route loses its controlled-access status and passes though the Dublin Historic District and crosses the Scioto River. The overlap with SR 161 then ends, and US 33 heads south on Riverside Drive towards downtown Columbus, following the Scioto River along the western border of Upper Arlington, where it passes Griggs Reservoir, one of the main sources of water for Columbus. The road changes names two times in this area, first to Dublin Road at the intersection with Trabue Road, and then to Spring/Long Streets at SR 315. The route continues south on 3rd/4th Streets and then east on Livingston Avenue, heading towards the Columbus neighborhood of Driving Park.

In Bexley, US 33 veers southeast onto College Avenue, then intersects I-70. After Petzinger Road, the route becomes a controlled-access highway, subsequently intersecting SR 104, I-270 (for the second time), and SR 317 (Hamilton Road). Following the Ebright Road near Blacklick Estates, the highway continues to the southeast as a non-limited-access expressway.

Beginning at Carroll, US 33 bypasses Lancaster as a limited-access freeway completed in 2005.[2] Continuing southeast, the highway enters Ohio's scenic Hocking Hills region near Sugar Grove as an expressway. East of Logan, the highway again becomes limited-access for approximately 13 miles (21 km). As the route approaches Nelsonville, traffic continues on the limited access four-lane bypass that opened October 1, 2013.[3] Further southeast towards Athens, the expressway design resumes, followed by a brief limited-access section around Athens, where it joins the concurrent US 50/SR 32 for about three miles (4.8 km). South of Athens, US 33 continues as a limited-access highway, bypassing Pomeroy, intersecting SR 124 and SR 7, and continuing to the Ohio River in Meigs County, crossing the Ohio on the two-lane cantilever Ravenswood Bridge, and entering West Virginia in Ravenswood.

In total, US 33 traverses 236.8 miles (381.1 km) across the Buckeye State.

History[edit]

The Ravenswood Bridge was built in 1981 and originally carried the designation SR 824 until 2003, when US 33 was rerouted on a new bypass out of Pomeroy and connecting to the bridge, supplanting SR 824 in the process.[4]

In 2013, an expressway bypass was completed around Nelsonville. This was done to reduce traffic congestion in the area, as the original routing through Nelsonville was only two lanes wide.[5]

As of 2013, the route had an average of 73,000 vehicles per day.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Van WertWillshire Township0.000.00 US 33 north – Fort WayneIndiana state line
Willshire0.530.85 SR 81 west to SR 124Western end of SR 81 concurrency
0.751.21 SR 81 east / SR 49 north (Walcott Street)Eastern end of SR 81 concurrency; western end of SR 49 concurrency
0.941.51 SR 49 southEastern end of SR 49 concurrency
MercerRockford9.2914.95 SR 118 north to SR 117Western end of SR 118 concurrency
9.8115.79 SR 118 southEastern end of SR 118 concurrency
Dublin Township13.6421.95 SR 707 westWestern end of SR 707 concurrency
14.1622.79 US 127 / SR 707 east – Van Wert, CelinaEastern end of SR 707 concurrency
Neptune19.9132.04 SR 197 – Buckland, Celina
AuglaizeSt. Marys25.0040.23 SR 29 – St. Marys, CelinaWestern end of expressway; interchange
27.2543.85 SR 66 – Spencerville, St. MarysInterchange
Moulton Township31.6050.86County Road 91 — MoultonInterchange
Wapakoneta35.1556.57County Road 33A — WapakonetaInterchange
36.9759.50Hardin Pike — WapakonetaInterchange
37.2359.92 SR 67 / SR 198 / SR 501 / County Road 25A – WapakonetaWestern terminus of SR 67; southern terminus of SR 198 and SR 501; interchange; former US 25
38.5161.98 I-75 – Toledo, DaytonExit 110 on I-75
39.1062.93Wapak Fisher Road – FryburgEastern end of expressway
Union Township43.0269.23 SR 65 north – Uniopolis, LimaWestern end of SR 65 concurrency
45.0772.53 SR 65 south – Jackson CenterEastern end of SR 65 concurrency
New Hampshire49.9580.39 SR 196 north (Main Street) / SR 385 east (Market Street)Southern terminus of SR 196; western terminus of SR 385
LoganStokes Township52.8985.12 SR 366 eastWestern terminus of SR 366
Lakeview55.2288.87 SR 235 – Ada, Fairborn, Indian Lake
Russells Point56.5891.06 SR 720 westEastern terminus of SR 720
57.2092.05 SR 708 – Orchard Island
Washington Township61.2998.64 SR 274 – Huntsville, Jackson Center
62.48100.55 SR 117 – Huntsville, LimaInterchange; eastern terminus of SR 117
Harrison TownshipWestern end of freeway
Bellefontaine67.18108.12 US 68 – Bellefontaine, Kenton
68.72110.59 SR 540 – Bellefontaine
Jefferson Township71.39114.89County Road 10 — Zanesfield, Bellefontaine
73.48118.25 SR 292 – East Liberty, Valley Hi
Perry Township77.47124.68 SR 347 – East Liberty
UnionAllen Township81.81131.66 SR 287 / SR 739 (Honda Parkway)Western access to Marysville Auto Plant; southern terminus of SR 739 and eastern terminus of SR 287
83.86134.96Honda ParkwayEast access to Marysville Auto Plant
Paris Township89.01143.25 SR 245 / Northwest Parkway – Marysville
89.51144.0589 US 36 west / SR 4 south – Urbana, SpringfieldWestern end of US 36 and SR 4 concurrencies
Marysville91.51147.2791 SR 31 – KentonNo access from US 33 west to SR 31 south
91.84147.8092 SR 4 north – MarionEastern end of SR 4 concurrency
93.35150.2393 US 36 east – DelawareEastern end of US 36 concurrency
96.00154.5096Scottslawn Road
Jerome Township101.53163.40 US 42 – Delaware, Plain City
Dublin106.05170.67106 SR 161 west (Post Road) – Plain CityWestern end of SR 161 concurrency
Franklin107.58173.13107Avery-Muirfield Drive — Dublin
108.84175.16108 I-270 – Grove CityExit 17 on I-270; eastern end of freeway
109.98177.00 SR 745 north (High Street)
110.19177.33 SR 161 east (Dublin Granville Road) / SR 257 north (Riverside Drive)Southern terminus of SR 257; eastern end of SR 161 concurrency; roundabout
Columbus119.27191.95 I-670 east to SR 315I-670 exit 1A
121.47195.49 I-670 west – DaytonI-670 exit 2A
121.66195.79 SR 315 south to I-71SR 315 exit 1C
122.92197.82 US 23 north (4th Street) to I-71 north / I-670Western end of US 23 overlap
122.92197.82 SR 3 north (Long Street)Western end of SR 3 overlap
123.11198.13 US 40 / SR 16 / US 62 north (Broad Street)Western end of US 62 overlap
123.44198.66 US 62 south / SR 3 south (Rich Street) to SR 315Eastern end of US 62 / SR 3 overlap
123.72199.11 US 23 south (Fulton Street)Eastern end of US 23 overlap
123.74199.14 I-70 / I-71 south – WheelingNo access to northbound I-71; exit 100B on I-70
126.61203.76 I-70 – Downtown, WheelingI-70 exit 103B
128.19206.30128A I-70 west – DowntownWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; exit 105A on I-70
128.9207.4128C To I-70 east / James Road – WheelingWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
129.1207.8128BWinchester PikeEastbound exit and westbound entrance; interchange; western end of freeway
129.25208.01129 SR 104 (Refugee Road)Northern terminus of SR 104; signed as exits 129A (west) and 129B (east) westbound
131.03210.87131 I-270Exit 46 on I-270; signed as exits 131A (south) and 131B (north)
132.23212.80132 SR 317 (Hamilton Road)
Canal Winchester135.91218.73135 SR 674 – Canal WinchesterNorthern terminus of SR 674; interchange; eastern end of freeway
FairfieldViolet Township138.60223.06Hill Road / Diley RoadInterchange
Carroll143Winchester RoadOpened 2017[6]
Greenfield Township145.182233.648145Lancaster Business RouteEastbound exit and westbound entrance
146.272235.402CR 31 — Lithopolis, Coonpath RoadWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Hocking Township150.282241.855 SR 188 – Lancaster, Circleville
152.552245.509 US 22 – Lancaster, Circleville
Berne Township158.162–
158.412
254.537–
254.939
Lancaster Business Route, Tarklin RoadLancaster Business Route signed westbound only
HockingGood Hope Township162.012260.733 SR 374 south – Cantwell CliffsNorthern terminus of SR 374
Falls Township166.972268.715 SR 180 / CR 33A – Laurelville
Logan170.292274.058 SR 664 – Logan, Bremen
172.232277.181 SR 93 – Logan, McArthur
174.172280.303 SR 328 south – LoganNorthern terminus of SR 328
Green Township177.222285.211 SR 595 north – New StraitsvilleSouthern terminus of SR 595
Athens
No major junctions
HockingWard Township182.072293.016182Nelsonville Business RouteTo SR 278
AthensNelsonville185.792299.003185 SR 78 east (Happy Hollow Road) to SR 691 southWestern terminus of SR 78
Dover Township191.882308.804 SR 682 – The Plains
Athens194.082312.345194 SR 13 north / SR 550 east – Chauncey, AmesvilleSouthern terminus of SR 13; western terminus of SR 550
196.362316.014196State Street — Athens
Athens Township196.852316.803 US 50 east / SR 32 east – Belpre
Stimson Avenue
Western end of US 50 and SR 32 concurrencies; full access to US 50/SR 32, two separate westbound exits to US 50/SR 32, eastbound exit and westbound entrance to Stimson Avenue only
197.292317.511County Road 25, Stimson AvenueWestbound entrance at US 50 exit
Athens198.322319.168 SR 682 north to SR 56 – AthensSouthern terminus of SR 682
199.082–
199.122
320.391–
320.456
US 50 west / SR 32 west (Richland Avenue) – Chillicothe, CincinnatiEastern end of US 50 and SR 32 concurrencies; separate exits eastbound for US 50/SR 32 and Richland Avenue
MeigsBedford Township211.302340.058 SR 681 – Tuppers Plains, AlbanyGrade separation
Salisbury Township218.772–
218.792
352.079–
352.112
SR 124 / SR 833 west / SR 7 – Gallipolis, PomeroyInterchange; US 33 and SR 124 exchange carriageways; eastern terminus of SR 833; western end of SR 7 concurrency
County Road 20, County Road 25Grade separation
221.212356.006 SR 733 west / SR 7 east / County Road 7A – Belpre, PomeroyEastern end of SR 7 concurrency; eastern terminus of SR 733; eastern end of expressway
Sutton Township226.992365.308County Road 28Grade separation
Lebanon Township233.892376.413 SR 124 – Portland, Apple Grove
262.202421.973County Road 338Former SR 338
Ohio River236.802381.096Ravenswood Bridge; Ohio–West Virginia state line
US 33 east – CharlestonContinuation into West Virginia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ohio Department of Transportation (June 24, 2015). "Roadway Description Inventory Report: DESTAPE". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  2. ^ Lane, Mary Beth (October 28, 2005). "Bypass Is a Smooth Move for Commuters on Rt. 33". The Columbus Dispatch.
  3. ^ Lane, Mary Beth (October 2, 2013). "Rt. 33 Motorists Save Time as Nelsonville Bypass Opens". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  4. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation (January 2003). Official Ohio Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (2003–2004 ed.). c. 1:570,240. Columbus: Ohio Department of Transportation. OCLC 5673562, 31884639. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Ohio Department of Transportation. "U.S. Route 33 Nelsonville Bypass Opens Ahead of Schedule" (Press release). Ohio Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  6. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation. "The US 33 Carroll Interchange Project". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 25, 2016.

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U.S. Route 33
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