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Interstate 76

Interstate 76 west
Westbound Interstate 76 Welcome to Ohio signage. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching the Eastgate Toll Plaza, one and one-half miles. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Interstate 76 Ohio Shield on westbound Interstate 80 after the Eastgate Toll Plaza. It seems that most, if not all, state name shields in Ohio appear on the Ohio Turnpike mainline or on surface streets approaching the freeways. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 after Service Plaza approaching Junction Interstate 680 south of Youngstown. Note the Interstate 76 Ohio shield. Photo taken 5/25/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 234, Junction Northbound Interstate 680, two miles. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 234, Junction Northbound Interstate 680, one mile and Exit 232, Junction Ohio 7, two miles. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 234, Junction Northbound Interstate 680. Interstate 680 leads into downtown Youngstown, connects to U.S. 422, and then merges onto Interstate 80 and Ohio 11. Note the lack of control cities on the Interstate 680 overhead signage. Per Ohio Turnpike standards, Interstate 76 is shown with a control city of "THRU TRAFFIC," which really should be Cleveland/Toledo. Photos taken 5/21/02 and 5/25/02.

Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Junction Ohio 7, Exit 232, one-half mile. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Junction Ohio 7, Exit 232. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 218, Junction Interstate 80 three miles. Interstate 76 traffic must exit off the Ohio Turnpike. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 218, Junction Interstate 80 two miles. Interstate 76 traffic must exit off the Ohio Turnpike. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 218, Junction Interstate 80 one mile. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 218, Junction Interstate 80 one-half mile. Note the two exit numbers: the old sequential system and the new mileage based system. The mileage-based exit numbers here match the overall turnpike mileage distance from the Indiana-Ohio State Line and Indiana Toll Road. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 must exit off its freeway (again!) to get off the Ohio Turnpike. Interstate 76 seems to exit off its own freeway several times in this region. Interstate 80 continues west from this point along the Ohio Turnpike. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound at Exit 57 for Bailey Road serving the city of Warren. Bailey Road also has an interchange with the Ohio Turnpike to the north. Photo taken 10/01.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 43 (Ohio 14), one and one-half miles. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 43 (Ohio 14). Ohio 14 leads in a northwesterly direction to join Interstate 480 northwest of Ravenna. Ohio 14 continues from that point into downtown Cleveland. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 38 (Ohio 5 and Ohio 44), Ravenna. Ohio 5 leads northeast to Warren, while Ohio 44 leads north to Painesville and south to Waynesburg at its junction with Ohio 43. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 33, Ohio 43 (Hartville and Kent). Kent is the site of the infamous anti-Vietnam War and anti-draft protests that resulted in the deaths of four students and wounding of nine others at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. It has lived in infamy since then as a flashpoint of public divisiveness over the Vietnam War. Some have accused the Ohio National Guard or the Federal Bureau of Investigation of a conspiracy during and after this incident. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 31 (County Route 18 and Tallmadge). Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 shield as it approaches Exit 29, Ohio 532 (Tallmadge and Mogadore). This photo was taken in a construction zone, hence why the lack of shoulders and the jersey barrier. It is possible that this highway is to be expanded from four to six lanes. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 29, Ohio 532 (Tallmadge and Mogadore). Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 27, Ohio 91 (Gilchrist Road and Canton Road). This sign does not have the "TO" moniker. Ohio 91 is a north-south route that roughly parallels Ohio 8 between Akron and Hudson and Interstate 271 from Hudson to Willoughby. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 27, To Ohio 91 (Gilchrist Road and Canton Road) approaching Exit 26, Ohio 18 to Ohio 241 (East Market Street and Mogadore Road). Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 26, Ohio 18 to Ohio 241 (East Market Street and Mogadore Road). This portion of Interstate 76 is elevated as it passes by some industrial areas just east of downtown Akron. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 26, Ohio 18 to Ohio 241 (East Market Street and Mogadore Road). Exit 25 (Martha Avenue and Kelly Avenue) is the next exit on westbound. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 24B, Arlington Street. This sign bridge has the first notification for westbound traffic for Interstate 77. Not mentioned is Ohio 8, which is Exit 23B. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 24A Inman Street and Johnston Street, just east of downtown Akron. A cracked windshield partially obscures the view of the signage. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 24A, Inman Street and Johnston Street, just east of downtown Akron. Note the reduced speed limit as Interstate 76 enters the downtown area. The next exits are for the Ohio 8 freeway and for Interstate 77. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Ohio 8, Exit 23B. Ohio 8 leads north from here into Cleveland, part of which is a freeway. The next exit is for Junction Interstate 77 southbound, Exit 23A, which is a left exit. Interstate 76 westbound and Interstate 77 northbound merge for a brief time through downtown Akron. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Southbound Interstate 77 at Exit 23A. Photo taken on 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and Northbound Interstate 77 at Grant Avenue and Wolf Ledges Parkway. This is a good route to the University of Akron. The next exit is Exit 22A, Main Street and Downtown Akron. Photo taken on 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and Northbound Interstate 77 at Exit 22A, Main Street and Downtown Akron. The next exit is for the Ohio 59 freeway, which meets up with Ohio 18 (West Market Street) north of downtown Akron. The Ohio 59 freeway only lasts a few miles between Interstates 76/77 and Ohio 18. Ohio 59 is s commonly known as the Innerbelt Freeway, and it is officially named the Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway. It was supposed to go to Ohio 8, thus serving as an alternate route to alleviate traffic on the Central Interchange, which is the Interstate 76/Interstate 77/Ohio 8 complex. According to Steve Hanudel, the project ran out of money in the 1970s and early 1980s, so Ohio 59 prematurely ends at Market Street and continues as Perkins Street (now Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard) to Ohio 8. Since this corridor is inadequate to serve as an alternate to the Central Interchange, the freeway is rarely used and the Central Interchange remains overloaded. Nowadays, the mayor of Akron has proposed tearing out the Innerbelt north Exchange Street in favor of development, but nothing official has been determined about the future of this freeway. Resurrecting the possibility of extending Ohio 59 north to Ohio 8 remains a remote possibility, but it would require the removal of businesses and residences in that corridor. Exit 21C marks the southern terminus of Ohio 59. Photo taken on 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 21C, Ohio 59 (Dart Avenue). East Avenue is the next exit. Photo taken on 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and Northbound Interstate 77 approaching Exit 21A, East Avenue as Interstates 76 and 77 leave downtown Akron. Note how the Interstate 76 shield has a deeper shade of blue than the Interstate 277 shield, which indicates that these two shields were likely placed on the overhead sign at different times. Photo taken on 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and Northbound Interstate 77 at Exit 21A, East Avenue as Interstates 76 and 77 leave downtown Akron. The routes split just beyond this interchange, as shown by the overhead signage. Photo taken on 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 77/Westbound Interstate 76 split at Exit 20. Interstate 76 turns from a westerly direction to a southerly direction at this point. In Akron, it seems like Interstate 76 is forced onto a single lane for through traffic rather frequently. Interstate 76 here is pushed onto an exit ramp from Interstate 77 at this point northwest of Akron. It is unclear why Interstate 277 is featured on this overhead sign, considering that this was taken on westbound Interstate 76, and Interstate 277 leads back to the east. Photo taken on 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 19, Batties Avenue and Kenmore Boulevard. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 19, Batties Avenue and Kenmore Boulevard. Interstate 277 and U.S. 224 (Exit 18) is the next exit. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Junction Interstate 277 and U.S. 224. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 18, Westbound Interstate 277 and U.S. 224. From this point until its western terminus, Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 merge together en route to Lodi. At this point, westbound Interstate 76 changes from a southerly to a westerly direction. This marks the western terminus of Interstate 277. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 approaching Junction Ohio 619, Exit 17. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 at Junction Ohio 619, Exit 17. The exit number is 17 westbound and 17B eastbound for Ohio 619. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 at Exit 13B, Ohio 21 northbound. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 at Exit 13A, Ohio 21 southbound. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 approaching Ohio 21 (Exit 13) one mile. Ohio 21 is the former routing of U.S. 21, which was largely replaced by Interstate 77 in Eastern Ohio. However significant remnants of U.S. 21 remain in the state highway system, including the most prominent remnant, Ohio 21. Most of Ohio 21 through this area is expressway or freeway, as evidenced by the north/south exits here. Note the alternate route signage for eastbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 approaching Exit 11, Ohio 261 to Norton and Wadsworth, one mile. It almost seems like Wadsworth was previously part of another sign, and it was cut off at the bottom and bolted underneath this sign as an afterthought. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 shields just ahead of the one-mile advance signage for Ohio 261, Exit 11. Ohio 261 is a diagonal route through Akron, leading southwest to northeast and passing through downtown Akron on Wooster Avenue west of downtown and on Tallmadge Avenue east of the Ohio 8-59 freeway. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 approaching Exit 9, Ohio 94, one mile. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 at Exit 9, Ohio 94. Ohio 94 is a secondary route that travels from U.S. 250 in Mount Eaton north to U.S. 42 and Ohio 3 in the Cleveland metropolitan area, near Brooklyn. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 approaching Exit 7, Ohio 57, one-half mile. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 7, Ohio 57, to Rittman and Medina. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 2, Ohio 3, one mile. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 at Exit 2, Ohio 3. Ohio 3 southbound leads to Wooster, and Ohio 3 northbound leads to Medina. It still manages to find a way all the way to the Cleveland metropolitan area, merging with U.S. 42 as it heads for its northern terminus at Junction U.S. 6-20 and Ohio 2. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 71 approaching Exit 1, Interstate 71, one mile. Interstate 76 ends at Junction Interstate 71, but U.S. 224 continues westbound as an expressway for some distance thereafter. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 approaching Exit 1, Interstate 71. This sign is against the bridge supports carrying the Interstate 71 mainline over Interstate 76. The exit ramp onto Interstate 71 is located one-quarter mile beyond this point. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 ends at its interchange with Interstate 71. By this point, traffic has already passed under the Interstate 71 mainline. This exit ramp leads to a connector route that merges onto Interstate 71 to the south and east of this location. U.S. 224 continues westbound from this point as an expressway, with the first traffic signal at County Route 19. The typical fast food and gas station franchises are located at this intersection. U.S. 224 continues for a distance beyond this point as an expressway before reverting to a two-lane highway. Photo taken 5/21/02.

Page Updated June 16, 2002.