Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Spurs, Bypasses and Beltways: Ohio for Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown

Lane Avenue Bridge in Columbus, Ohio, near The...
Lane Avenue Bridge in Columbus, Ohio, near The Ohio State University campus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In Ohio are twelve auxiliary highways. In the last post were the first five and this post contains the other seven. Forming the beltway around Columbus is Interstate 270. This highway, which is 55 miles long, is crossed by I-71 on the north-south and by I-70 on the east-west. The western half is wider than the eastern half and the northern portion is almost twice the size of the southern part. At slow traffic times the major interstates provide a more direct route. Drivers should take the beltway during major sporting events for Ohio State. Interstate 670 is just over nine miles long and joins I-70 near the center of Columbus with I-270 on the east side of Columbus near Gahanna. In the Dayton area Interstate 675 travels for just over 26 miles joining I-75 near Miamisburg to I-70 near Medway.

Interstate 475 provides a north-south route along the western side of Toledo. This highway leaves I-75 and travels to the west for 17 miles before rejoining I-75. Also in Toledo is Interstate 280 which journeys just over 12 miles south after leaving I-75. It ends at I-80/I-90 which is the Ohio Turnpike. Interstate 680 in Youngstown connects I-80 with I-76 which is the Ohio Turnpike at that point. The highway of just over 16 miles provides a route through Youngstown. The last auxiliary is Interstate 470. This highway is seven miles in length and joins I-70 near Blaine with I-70 in Elm Grove, West Virginia.

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