I want to know if anyone has a clue as to what is going on with this road and if it is going to be built. Does anyone know?
Also, if anyone has any pics of the Salem bypass, I'd like to see them so I can see a truly "empty" highway.
As someone who used to live in Northeast OH, here's what I seem to remember about the project (I could be somewhat wrong, but here goes:).
• US-62 still has three "missing links": Link #1 was supposed to have been a limited at-grade-crossing expressway with some limited-access stretches (like around Alliance) between State Street in Alliance and the "Freeway To Nowhere" (aka Youngstown-Salem Road) in Salem, passing just to the north of Sebring and Beloit. Since the Alliance Bypass construction never made it past N. Union Street/SR-225 in the late 70s, ODOT continued to route US-62 off the bypass at State Street/SR-173 and gave the remaining section of the half-ass bypass a hidden route number (I have seen it as 62-F or 62-B(ypass) -- considering that the stretch was, and still is, a little-used through route for people wishing to make the US-62/SR-225 connection).
• From Salem, I thought that next missing US-62 expressway/freeway combo link was to have headed northeast from Salem to connect to the existing I-680/Ohio Turnpike junction. From there, US-62 would have come into Youngstown via the existing I-680 North to the existing US-62/SR-7 North freeway alignment.
• The final missing link was to have connected the current northern terminus of the US-62/SR-7 freeway at Albert Street with the current US-62 alignment somewhere north of I-80. I am not sure if this stretch was to go through or around (probably east of) the suburb of Hubbard.
I am not aware if SR-14 between Salem and PA-51 at the PA Line was ever to have been a 4-lane expressway and/or freeway. I do know there was talk of SR-14 between I-76 and I-80/I-480 becoming limited-access at one point in the 50's and 60's, but that never came to pass. I'd like to say that any chance of SR-14 between Streetsboro and SR-51 at the PA line was nixed because it would have taken a lot of traffic away from the OH & PA Turnpikes at the time and it would still be in direct competition today.
That particular area of Ohio (Akron, Canton & Youngstown) is sort of a Bermuda Rectangle for unfinished freeways/LAHs:
Limited Access 4-lane Highways with significant/unfinished gaps:
US-62: Between Canton & Sharon, PA (mentioned above).
US-30: Between Canton & Lisbon -- (NIMBYs slowly losing the battle)
SR-59: Akron Innerbelt between SR-18 and SR-8 (NIMBYs slowly winning the battle -- may be replaced by simple boulevard).
Limited Access mostly 2-lane highways/Super-2s never fully developed (and my guesses as to why):
US-224 Between Akron & Canfield -- To close to I-76 (???)
SRs 5 & 44 Between Ravenna & Warren -- I think this one died when the old Ravenna arsenal was closed (???)
SR-261 Kent Bypass -- ditto/The arsenal closing (???)
SR-14 Ravenna's Northern Bypass -- NIMBYS (???)
And I'll throw in a couple, just west of the rectangle -- I have no idea why on any of these were never 4-laned (perhaps to better protect the Amish buggies in the area), although all are primary routes with a lot of traffic and, with the exception of SR-57, many areas of limited visibility:
SR-585 between Barberton/SR-21 & Wooster -- Super-2 on eastern end, unfinished/missing link for rest.
SR-83 between Millersburg & Burbank (I-71) -- Unfinished/Missing links to the north & south of Wooster.
SR-57 between Wadsworth/I-76 & Marshallville/SR-585 -- Limited access/Super-2