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Re: Ohio Turnpike News
« Reply #50 on: November 03, 2021, 07:08:52 PM »

https://www.vindy.com/news/local-news/2021/11/ohio-turnpike-paves-way-for-200m-overhaul/

Story on the new toll plaza being built in Trumbull County.

When the OTC says that some exits along the FREE Youngstown section may be redesigned, one has to wonder if Exit 218, the 76/80 split will be totally changed again.

For those who don't remember,, when the Turnpike first started, the Original Exit 15 was a double trumpet at then SR-18 (Now County Road 18/Mahoning Ave).

When the freeway connecting Akron to Youngstown was completed (The current free.sections of I-76 and I-80), the Turnpike relocated Exit 15 to it's current Exit 218 location and completely abandoned the original Exit 15 ramps.

Enter the 1990s and the ramps from Free 76/80 to Toll 76/80 were redesigned and also added a direct connection between the Turnpike and Mahoning Avenue via the original Exit 15 toll plaza area and the original trumpet t
ramps to CR-18.

With that area being a totally free interchange, perhaps they may redo Exit 218 to revert to only serving 76/80 traffic and create a separate full interchange of CR-18/Mahoning Avenue and naming it Exit 219???
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Re: Ohio Turnpike News
« Reply #51 on: November 04, 2021, 05:57:26 PM »

I guess with no need for a toll plaza, the options are really limited just by just what they'd want to spend.

Maybe the only 2 real major modifications/improvements might be direct ramps that would be for the E & W I-76 movements  (with a WB flyover or something), given that even in the current configuration the I-80 movements are the easiest that a double-trumpet allows (WB 80 on the more "slip" ramps thru the area, and EB 80 getting the "easier" outer (not the full loop) trumpet movements for both trumpets, and they wouldn't have to rebuild the CR-18 ramps..... but who knows.

Also currently in the mix in that area is the OTC-Only access that appears to accommodate a salt dome (or some kind of OTC facility).
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Re: Ohio Turnpike News
« Reply #52 on: November 08, 2021, 03:31:54 PM »

This isn't news, rather it is a history question. Ohio's exits state-wide were sequential originally, but all routes, save the Ohio Turnpike, converted to mileage-based in the 1970s. The Ohio Turnpike did not convert to mileage-based until 1998. Does anyone know why Ohio's DOT dragged their feet on converting the Turnpike's exits to mileage-based? After all, when Pennsylvania converted its exits to mileage-based in 2001, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and it's branches converted as well.

My guess is that originally, with so few exits up until the late 80s, they didn't want to screw up familiarity of the sequential exits.

When they started building more interchanges in the 90s, there were getting to be too many EXIT #-A's and I think the confusion factor was starting to settle in.

Plus the newer "#-A"  exits were full interchanges and not half-interchanges like I-90 East,  I-480 East and I-680 North.

Plus plus, even the suffixes (suffices?) were getting out of order.  The new OH-2 interchange near the Toledo Express Airport was between exits 3 and 4, and so was given the exit number 3A.  But then what to do when the new OH-109 interchange (between exits 3 and 3A) was built five years later?  It was given exit number 3B.  I'm guessing that's about the time they really started thinking this sequential numbering thing was no longer useful.
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Re: Ohio Turnpike News
« Reply #53 on: February 24, 2022, 03:56:01 PM »

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Re: Ohio Turnpike News
« Reply #54 on: February 24, 2022, 04:01:22 PM »

Reading that article and looking at the Google Street View (from October 2021) it appears this new toll plaza will be about a quarter to half mile west of where the May 31, 1985 F5 tornado crossed the turnpike.  There was an A Frame house on a small lake on the north side of the turnpike that was damaged by the tornado.  There was insulation in the trees around there for many years.
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Re: Ohio Turnpike News
« Reply #55 on: February 24, 2022, 04:37:47 PM »

If exit 218 (I-76/I-80 interchange) gets its toll booth removed, any chances the interchange will be rebuilt with EB 80 and WB 76 flyovers (and removing the double loop for EB 76) to accommodate through movements on both interstates?
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Re: Ohio Turnpike News
« Reply #56 on: February 24, 2022, 09:24:09 PM »

If exit 218 (I-76/I-80 interchange) gets its toll booth removed, any chances the interchange will be rebuilt with EB 80 and WB 76 flyovers (and removing the double loop for EB 76) to accommodate through movements on both interstates?

Very much doubt it will happen anytime soon, as in the next 10 years, but it may make a long-range planning document sometime.  The EB 80 movement, providing the existing toll booths are removed, is pretty much a flyover already; EB 76 to eliminate the double loop, looks like it would be easy and cheap enough; but while a WB 76 flyover would be optimal, they already spent a ton of money on that interchange when the connection was reconstructed back to Mahoning Ave., CR 18 some 25 years ago.
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Re: Ohio Turnpike News
« Reply #57 on: February 25, 2022, 04:47:13 PM »

It appears the new mainline barrier west of Toledo is much further along, according to the Oct21 GSV that's up.

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