Interstate 280 or I -280 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Ohio. The highway forms Toledo ‘s eastern bypass and runs from Interstate 80 / Interstate 90 at Lemoyne to Interstate 75 in Toledo. It is a bypass for traffic from Cleveland to Detroit. The route is 20 kilometers long.
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The Toledo Skyway Bridge.
I-280 in Oregon.
The highway begins at Lemoyne, at the toll plaza with Interstate 80 toll road which is double -numbered with Interstate 90. The highway then runs 2×2 lanes north, passing the city of Toledo, which is slightly to the west. The River Maumee is crossed via the Toledo Skyway Bridge. The highway then runs to the north of Toledo, where the road ends at Interstate 75, the highway from Cincinnati and Dayton to Detroit.
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Interstate 280 has its origins in State Route 121, which opened in 1955 as a 2×2 divided highway that served as a service road to the then newly opened Ohio Turnpike. The highway was subsequently developed as an extension of the Detroit – Toledo expressway, and was therefore part of the route from Cleveland to Detroit. In January 1957 the Robert Craig Memorial Bridge opened over the Maumee River and in about 1959 the extension opened to the Detroit – Toledo Expressway, completing the route of what would later become I-280.
The southern portion of I-280 was not completely grade separated, but had several intersections between the Ohio Turnpike and Toledo. Grade-separated intersections were constructed here in the 1970s and 1980s, although the road had been numbered Interstate 280 since at least the early 1960s, despite the presence of at-grade intersections. Part of the original 2×2 at-grade road still exists, as the road opened further south to US 20 in 1955. The section between US 20 and the Ohio Turnpike is now numbered OH-420.
Originally, I-280 transitioned smoothly into I-75 as part of the Detroit – Toledo Expressway. With the construction of I-75 through Toledo, a new interchange has been built, slightly more westerly than the original route. This part opened to traffic in 1967. The former route can still be recognized on older satellite images. The Toledo Correctional Facility was later partly built on the former route.
When I-280 was built, the Greenbelt Parkway, which would connect the highway to downtown, had already been taken into account. There were already flyovers from I-280 over what would later become the Greenbelt Parkway. The Greenbelt Parkway was only built between 1996 and 1999.
The Robert Craig Memorial Bridge was one of the last moveable bridges in the Interstate Highway system and has been replaced by the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway which opened on June 24, 2007. This was the most expensive project undertaken by the Ohio Department of Transportation at the time. With the construction of the new bridge, the exit complex on Summit Street also disappeared. The connection to Front Street has also been completely rebuilt on the south side of the bridge. With the construction of the bridge, the northernmost 6 kilometers of I-280 between OH-2 and I-75 has also been widened to 2×3 lanes.
|Exit 1||Exit 6 Northwood (OH-51)||10 km||00-00-1955|
|Exit 6 Northwood (OH-51)||Exit 10 Summit Street (former exit)||6 km||00-01-1957|
|Exit 10 Summit Street (former exit)||exit 12||3 km||circa 1959|
|Exit 1A I-80/I-90||Exit 7 Toledo||2×2||12 km|
|Exit 7 Toledo||Exit 12 I-75 Toledo||2×3||8 km|
The highway is very quiet as it is mainly used by through traffic between Cleveland and Detroit. After the I-80/I-90 there are about 14,000 vehicles, which increases to 46,000 vehicles in Toledo itself.
Interstate 277 in Ohio
Interstate 277 or I -277 is a short Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Ohio. The highway forms an east-west route in the city of Akron, just south of Cleveland. The highway connects Interstate 76 with Interstate 77 just south of downtown. The highway is barely 7 kilometers long.
I-277 in Akron.
Interstate 277 forms an east-west connection through southern Akron, between Interstate 76 to the west and Interstate 77 to the east. I-277 has 2×3 lanes and has two connections to the secondary road network. At the eastern end at I-77, I-277 becomes US 224.
The highway was opened in 1970.