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Interstate 680

Interstate 680 North
Northbound Interstate 680 at Exit 14, Ohio 164, Western Reserve Road. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 approaching Exit 14, Ohio 164, Western Reserve Road, one mile. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 shield just beyond the Ohio Turnpike toll booth at the southern terminus. This is the first shield headed northbound on Interstate 680. Although we looked in both directions on Interstate 680, there does not seem to be any Interstate 680 Ohio shields anywhere on the mainline. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 at Exit 11, U.S. 224. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 approaching Exit 11, U.S. 224, one and a quarter miles. U.S. 224 is primarily a trans-Ohio route, beginning in western Indiana at its junction with U.S. 24 in Huntington, Indiana, and ending at its junction with U.S. 422 and Pennsylvania 60 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Across Ohio, U.S. 224 serves Van Wert, Findlay, Tiffin, Willard, Lodi, Akron, and Youngstown before crossing into Pennsylvania near Poland. Between Lodi and Akron, U.S. 224 is merged onto Interstate 76 and Interstate 277. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 at Exit 9, Ohio 170 and Ohio 625 (Midlothian Boulevard and Struthers) approaching Exit 8, Shirley Road and Indianola Avenue. The Interstate 680 sign is the last one to say Youngstown; the next one will say Cleveland and Akron. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 approaching Exit 9, Ohio 170 and Ohio 625 (Midlothian Boulevard and Struthers), one-half mile. Photo taken 5/21/02.

Northbound Interstate 680 approaching Exit 9, Ohio 170 and Ohio 625 (Midlothian Boulevard and Struthers), one mile. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 at Exit 8, Shirley Road and Indianola Avenue. The next exit is for U.S. 62 and Ohio 7, but the shields are missing from the South Avenue (Downtown) exit. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 at Exit 7, junction westbound U.S. 62 and southbound Ohio 7, approaching Exit 6, eastbound U.S. 62 and northbound Ohio 7. Exit 7 is the primary route into downtown Youngstown from the south. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 approaching Exit 7, westbound U.S. 62 and southbound Ohio 7. U.S. 62 is one of several diagonal routes across the country, but it is unusual in that is one of the few diagonal routes angled on a southwest to northeast trajectory. U.S. 62 begins in El Paso, Texas, and ends in Niagara Falls, New York, connecting Mexico to Canada. Although primarily signed east-west, U.S. 62 changes signed directions from eastbound to northbound once it enters New York. U.S. 54 and historical U.S. 66 shared this southwest to northeast trajectory. Diagonal routes that travel southeast to northwest include U.S. 33, U.S. 35, U.S. 52, U.S. 87, and U.S. 287. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 at Junction Eastbound U.S. 62 and Northbound Ohio 7 (Exit 6). This route is part of the circular mini-belt route around downtown Youngstown, part of which is formed by Ohio 193 and U.S. 422. This portion is not a freeway but is a multi-lane, divided highway. The next exit is Exit 5, which leads to Glenwood Avenue and Mahoning Avenue. Traffic increases substantially as one travels further north on Interstate 680; it is not nearly as empty as it is near the southern terminus. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 approaching Junction Eastbound U.S. 62 and Northbound Ohio 7 (Exit 6). This overhead sign is the first one for Interstate 680 that points to Cleveland rather than Youngstown. Akron is a curious control city, but it is probably included because Interstate 680 swings westward just before it meets Interstate 80 north of town. Ohio 7 is a major north-south route that serves eastern Ohio; it parallels the Ohio 11 freeway from U.S. 30 north to Lake Erie, and it parallels the Ohio River south of Wheeling, West Virginia. Ohio 7 is a freeway at certain intervals south of U.S. 30. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 at Exit 5, Glenwood Avenue and Mahoning Avenue. The next exits are for Exit 4B, Salt Springs Road and Exit 4A, Ohio 193 eastbound to U.S. 422. Even though these are on the same sign here, they are not the same exit. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 diagram sign approaching Exit 4, Salt Springs Road and Ohio 193. Ohio 193 is one third of a mini-belt route around downtown Youngstown; the rest of the belt is created by Interstate 680 and U.S. 422. There is an older truss bridge that crosses the Mahoning River, but unfortunately we couldn't get a photograph. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 at Exit 4B, Salt Springs Road. There are no services immediately available at this exit, and the signage stating this fact is also a good way to keep non-local traffic off this exit. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 at Exit 4A, Ohio 193 to U.S. 422. The approach to the aforementioned truss bridge is visible to the right. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 after Exit 6 through Youngstown. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 at Exit 4A, Ohio 193 eastbound. Ohio 193 crosses the aforementioned bridge over the Mahoning River and then connects with U.S. 422, which enters the Youngstown area from the northwest (Cleveland area). This highway is a substandard freeway for its entire length, and it reverts to a multi-lane divided highway once it reaches U.S. 422. The next exit (Exit 3C) is for Connecticut Avenue and Belle Vista Avenue. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 approaching Exit 4B, Salt Springs Road. The additional blue tab for "No Services" is not common in an urban area, so it's possible that this sign was added to dissuade motorists from getting off at this exit. It almost makes one want to get off at such an exit. Maybe next time. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 80 approaching Exit 3A, Ohio 711, which leads to Martin Luther King Boulevard. At one time, Ohio 711 was planned to connect with the Interstate 80/Ohio 11 northbound interchange. However, that extension from Ohio 711 to Ohio 11 seems to have been eliminated, perhaps due to local opposition. It would be a more logical route from Interstate 680 to Interstate 80 eastbound rather than using signalized Meridian Road (Exit 2, see below). Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 at Ohio 711, Exit 3A. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 approaching Exit 2, Meridian Road. For some reason, the exit number was not placed on the overhead signs approaching Meridian Road. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 at Exit 2, Meridian Road. This is the primary route from northbound Interstate 680 to Interstate 80 eastbound. Traffic should continue straight ahead on northbound Interstate 680 to access Interstate 80 westbound and connect to the Ohio Turnpike. This is the only sign for the end of Interstate 680 headed northbound. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 approaching Exit 1, Junction Ohio 11 southbound, one mile. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 approaching Exit 1, Junction Ohio 11 southbound, one-half mile. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 approaching Exit 1, Junction Ohio 11 southbound, next right. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 at Exit 1, Junction Ohio 11 southbound. Photo taken 5/21/02.
Northbound Interstate 680 ends as it merges onto westbound Interstate 80, which is incoming from the right. The next exit is for Ohio 46 at Exits 223A-B, which requires lane changing to the right. The distant overhead signs are for Interstate 80 West Cleveland (see next photo). Photo taken 5/21/02.
These photos show a close-up of the aforementioned signage as traffic from northbound Interstate 680 merges onto westbound Interstate 80. Exit 223 (Ohio 46) is visible in the distance. Photos taken 5/21/02.

Interstate 680 South
Southbound at Exit 3A for Ohio 711, a short freeway spur to U.S. 422. This freeway stub was planned to link to the Ohio 11 freeway at Interstate 80 Exit 229. Photo taken 10/7/01.
Exit 3B on southbound for Bella Vista and Connecticut Avenues. Photo taken 10/7/01.
Southbound approaching Exit 4A for Ohio 193 to U.S. 422. Photo taken 10/7/01.
Sign bridge for the Ohio 193 freeway to Youngstown State University and U.S. 422. U.S. 422 crosses into Pennsylvania to the city of New Castle. Photo taken 10/7/01.
Downtown Youngstown skyline as seen from southbound Interstate 680. Photo taken 10/7/01.
Interstate 680 southbound at Exit 5 for Glenwood and Mahoning Avenues. Photo taken 10/7/01.
Exit 6A for U.S. 62 west/Ohio 7 south for Market Street on Interstate 680 south. Photo taken 10/7/01.
Exit 6B for downtown and U.S. 62 weast/Ohio 7 north on Interstate 680 south. Photo taken 10/7/01.
Interstate 680 picks up the control city of Pittsburgh after leaving downtown at Exit 8 for Indianola Avenue and Shirley Road. Photo taken 10/7/01.
Southbound approaching U.S. 224 (Exits 11A/B) in south Youngstown. Photo taken 10/7/01.
U.S. 224 West/Canfield exit from southbound. The eastbound contol city is for Poland, which is also the westbound control city from the eastern terminus of U.S. 224 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 10/7/01.
Southbound Interstate 680 ramp merging with eastbound Interstate 76/Ohio Turnpike. Photo taken 10/7/01.
Approaching Ohio 164 on southbound (Exit 14), the last interchange before Interstate 680 ends at the tolled Ohio Turnpike/Interstate 76. Photo taken 10/7/01.
Southbound at Exit 14, with the first signage of the impending merge with the Ohio Turnpike. Photo taken 10/7/01.
"Stop ahead - get ticket" signage on southbound Interstate 680 at the Ohio Turnpike toll barrier. Photo taken 10/7/01.
Ramp to eastbound Interstate 76 from southbound Interstate 680. Photo taken 10/7/01.

Page Updated June 14, 2002.