Interstate 275 Ohio

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Interstate 275 encircles the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky metropolitan area on a three-state route that travels 83 to 83.3 miles. The total distance bests Interstate 435 around Kansas City by nearly three miles as the longest full beltway in the Interstate system. Interstates 476 and 495 are the only 3-digit Interstates that travel farther than Interstate 275 otherwise.

Named the Donald H. Rolfe Circle Freeway as designated in 1982, the circumferential highway was planned in the late 1950s. The 1960 Rand McNally North American Road Atlas shows I-275 proposed as just a northern arc between I-74 near Dent and I-71 at Montgomery. Construction started in 1958 on the stretch between Ohio 4 (Exit 41) and U.S. 42 (Exit 46).1

The beltway acted as a conduit for development, and its orientation with I-75 results in the freeway acting primarily as a commuter route versus a through route bypass.1 The last section of I-275 to open was the Combls-Hehl Bridge between Brent, Kentucky and California in Cincinnati. It opened to traffic on December 19, 1979.

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Interstate 275 scenes
Ohio 125 (Beechmont Avenue) meets Interstate 275 at a commercialized parclo interchange at Tobasco in Union Township. Separate ramps take motorists onto the beltway west toward U.S. 52 and Kentucky and north to Milford and Montgomery. Photo taken 11/04/11.

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11/04/11 by AARoads

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Page Updated 09-27-2016.