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Interstate 280 North

Interstate 280 north
End Ohio 420 / Begin Interstate 280 sign bridge at the Exit 1 ramp departure to the Ohio Turnpike. Ohio 420 travels north two miles from U.S. 20 & 23 (Maumee Western Reserve Pike) at Lemoyne to the Interstate 280 freeway beginning at junction Interstates 80 & 90 (Ohio Turnpike). The state route constitutes a four-lane expressway. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Interstate 280 leaves Ohio 420 and the Exit 71 interchange of the Ohio Turnpike and quickly encounters the Exit 1B diamond interchange with Bahnsen Road. Bahnsen Road provides connections with Latcha Road to the north and Hanley Road to the south. Photo taken 09/01/05.
Northbound Interstate 280 at the Exit 1B ramp departure to Bahnsen Road. Latcha Road lies one half mile north of Bahnsen Road and Hanley Road travels one half mile to the south, on respective rural east-west alignments between Tracey and Fostoria Roads. Bahnsen Road provides the connection between sections of both Latcha and Hanley Roads segregated by the construction of Interstate 280. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Interstate 280 is designated the Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway within Wood County. Originally the freeway was called the Toledo Expressway. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Attached to the Bahnsen Road overpass is the two-mile sign for Ohio 795 (Exit 2). Ohio 795 (Moline-Martin Road) constitutes a four-lane expressway from Lemoyne Road west to Metcalf Field and Perrsyburg. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Typical three-digit Interstate reassurance shield assembly used in Ohio for Interstate 280 northbound after the Bahnsen Road on-ramp. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Northbound mileage sign posted near an abandoned railroad under crossing, three miles south of Ohio 51 at Northwood. Distances to Detroit are given along Interstate 280 for the connection to Interstate 75 north from Interstates 80 & 90. Photo taken 11/13/04.

One half mile south of the Exit 2 folded-diamond interchange with Ohio 795 (Moline-Martin Road). Ohio 795 travels 6.75 miles west to junction Interstate 75 (Exit 195) in Perrysburg and nine miles to its end at junction U.S. 20 (Sandusky Street) via Indiana Avenue. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Exit 2 loops onto Ohio 795 (Moline-Martin Road) from Interstate 280 northbound. Ohio 795 east heads three miles through Millbury to its eastern terminus at Ohio 51. Ohio 51 continues southeast to Forest Park, Genoa, and Elmore. Photo taken 11/13/04.
One mile south of the Walbridge interchange (Exit 4) at the Ayers Road overpass. Meeting the freeway ahead is Walbridge Road, the main road leading west into the town of Walbridge. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Lemoyne Road passes over Interstate 280 north near the Walbridge Road diamond interchange (Exit 4). Walbridge Road becomes Union Street to the west, intersecting Main Street in downtown Walbridge within three quarters of a mile. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Exit 4 carries drivers to Walbridge Road from Interstate 280 north. Walbridge Road continues east of the freeway 1.6 miles to Ohio 51 (Woodville Road) near the suburbs of Woodville Gardens and East Lawn. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Ohio 51 (Woodville Road) heads northwest 1.2 miles from Walbridge Road to Ohio 579 (Williston Road) and 2.25 miles to Exit 6 of Interstate 280. Woodville Road constitutes the main route through the suburb of Northwood. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Exit 6 not only serves Ohio 51 (Woodville Road) but also the nearby Curtice Road at East Gardens. Curtice Road stems east six miles from Wheeling Street in Northwood to the rural settlement of Curtice. Ohio 51 west continues along Woodville Road through Oregon and east Toledo. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Wales Road passes over Interstate 280 north at the collector/distributor road departure of Exit 6 to Ohio 51 (Woodville Road) and Curtice Road. Ohio 51 comprises one of the four Maumee River crossings between downtown Toledo and east Toledo, crossing the waterway along Clayton Street with Ohio 2. Ohio 579 spurs east from Woodville Road 10.75 miles to Ohio 2 at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge through Williston. Photo taken 11/13/04.
The Exit 6 collector/distributor roadway splits into ramps for Ohio 51 (Woodville Road) and Curtice Road. A full diamond interchange joins the c/d roadway with Curtice Road near Bay Park Community Hospital. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Interstate 280 crosses the Lucas County line, home of the city of Toledo, at the north end of the Curtice Road interchange. The freeway continues another mile north to Ohio 2 (Exit 7). Photo taken 09/01/05.
While in Lucas County, Interstate 280 changes designations from the Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway to that of Catholic War Veterans of the U.S.A. Highway. Forthcoming Exit 7 consists of a split-diamond interchange with Wheeling Street and Ohio 2 (Navarre Avenue) in Oregon. Wheeling Street leads drivers north a quarter mile to Navarre Avenue for access to Ohio 2 east. Exit 7 serves interests to Maumee Bay State Park and the Challenger Learning Center. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Interstate 280 curves northwest at the Exit 7 ramp departure to Wheeling Street and Ohio 2 (Navarre Avenue). Frontage streets, Munding Drive north & Dearborn Avenue south, link the split diamond interchanges between Wheeling Street and Navarre Avenue. Ohio 2 links the Toledo area with Bono and Port Clinton along the Lake Erie coast to the east. The state route is part of a longer alignment that includes a lengthy freeway from Sandusky east to Cleveland. Once in Toledo, Ohio 2 continues along Navarre Avenue to a merge with Ohio 51 on Woodville Road and Clayton Street. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Interstate 280 gains an urban feel as it continues northwest through Oregon to the Toledo city line. Dropping below grade, the freeway sees the one-mile overhead for Ohio 65 at the Ohio 2 (Navarre Avenue) over crossing. Ohio 65 follows Front Street along the Maumee Riverfront southwest to 1st and Miami Streets at International Park. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Passing underneath the CSX Railroad line near the Toledo and Oregon city line along Interstate 280 north. Photo taken 11/13/04.
An on-ramp adds drivers from Starr Avenue (Exit 8 on southbound) to Interstate 280 ahead of the Ohio 65 off-ramp and Veterans' Glass City Bridge. Directional ramps join Interstate 280 with Ohio 65 (Front Street) at Thomas Edison Park and the south end of the new cable-stayed bridge. Ohio 65 ends here. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Front Street serves the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority Docks Area via Exit 9 of Interstate 280 north. Front Street continues north of Interstate 280 along the Maumee River to the port area with connections to Consaul Street and Millard Avenue east. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Downtown Toledo interests to the COSI Science Center, the SeaGate Convention Centre, Erie Street Market, and the new Toledo Sports Arena (slated to open in 2009) are advised to remain along Interstate 280 northbound to the Exit 11 off-ramp to Greenbelt Parkway. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Entering the construction zone for the 2007-completed Veterans' Glass City Skyway Bridge, Interstate 280 parts with the Exit 9 off-ramp at the Seaman Street under crossing. Interstate 280 rises at this point to cross the cable-stayed bridge while new ramps to Ohio 65 (Front Street) travel underneath the span and intersect Front Street at the original Craig Memorial Bridge. The original Interstate 280 draw bridge remains open to local traffic. Photo taken 11/13/04.
In 2004, drivers followed what is now the Front Street off-ramp to Ohio 65 and the original Craig Memorial Bridge below Seaman Street and the Glass City Skyway above. Photo taken 11/13/04.
High flyover ramps carry drivers to Interstate 280 north from Front Street and from Interstate 280 south to Ohio 65 (Front Street). The bridge in between the Exit 9 off-ramp and Skyway carries the Norfolk-Southern Railroad to the Port Authority area. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Temporary Interstate 280 northbound at the original Exit 9 off-ramp to Ohio 65 (Front Street). This ramp and the original directional-cloverleaf interchange was removed. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Entering the Craig Memorial Bridge along former Interstate 280 northbound. Construction was well underway at this time in the building of the $220 Veterans' Glass City Skyway Bridge. Intersecting Craig Memorial Bridge on the north banks of the Maumee River is Summit Street (Ohio 65). Exit 10A used to consist of a directional-cloverleaf interchange at Jamie Farr Park. However the interchange was removed and replaced with an intersection at the north end of the old bridge. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Craig Memorial Bridge northbound at the draw span portion of the crossing. Delays and frustration caused by the frequent lifts of the span were part of the reasoning for replacing the original Interstate 280 bridge. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Crossing the steel-deck portion of the draw span on old Interstate 280 northbound. The new Veterans' Glass City Skyway Bridge travels at a height of 403', carries six overall lanes with full shoulders, and took eight years to build. Interstate 280's new alignment opened to traffic on June 24, 2007. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Exit 10A originally departed Interstate 280 northbound before the bridge reached the north banks of the river. Summit Street, like Front Street to the south, follows the Maumee River path throughout Toledo. Northward the road heads to the Point Place neighborhood and Maumee Bay; southward Summit Street leads into downtown to the Main Street Bridge (Ohio 120) and Ohio 51 (Monroe Street). Photo taken 11/13/04.
Passing under the original Summit Street bridge over Interstate 280. This span was eliminated when crews reconstructed Summit Street as an at-grade roadway. An intersection replaces Exit 10A at the Craig Memorial Bridge end nearby. Photo taken 11/13/04.
The Huron Street overpass was also eliminated and now travels at grade below the Veterans' Glass City Skyway. There is no direct access to Summit Street from new Interstate 280. Motorists to Summit Street are instead routed from Exit 11 (Greenbelt Parkway) onto Galena Street south. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Original Exit 11 left Interstate 280 at the Champlain Street overpass for Ohio 25 (Greenbelt Parkway) south. That ramp was reconfigured to depart the new skyway bridge near the same point, but still descends to Galena Street south of the Greenbelt Parkway southbound beginning. Ohio 25 follows the 1999-opened Greenbelt Parkway southwest into downtown Toledo. Galena Street otherwise links Exit 11 with Summit Street to the south and Central Avenue to the north. Photo taken 11/13/04.
The final northbound shield posted for Interstate 280, situated near the Galena Street intersection with Central Avenue. Central Avenue spans Interstate 280 westward to Stickney Avenue and Ohio 120 (Cherry Street). Ohio 120 follows parts of the original Toledo Expressway routing of Interstate 280 in the 1960s. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Entering the final one half mile of Interstate 280 north. The freeway sees a ramp to Manhattan Avenue (Exit 12) before ending at a directional interchange with Interstate 75. Manhattan Avenue travels east-west 3.6 miles between Cherry Avenue near U.S. 24 (Detroit Avenue) and Summit Street at Detwiler Park. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Exit 12 departs Interstate 280 northbound; the mainline defaults onto Interstate 75 north to Monroe and Detroit, Michigan ahead. Interstate 75 south travels west three miles to the split with Interstate 475 south to Sylvania, otherwise encircling downtown Toledo on the southward trek to Rossford and Perrysburg. Photo taken 11/13/04.
Interstate 280 north concludes at the ramp partition to I-75. Interstate 75 heads north from the Toledo area to Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, and ultimately Sault Saint Marie. Southward the freeway continues to Findlay, Lima, Dayton, and Cincinnati. Photo taken 11/13/04.

Page Updated November 3, 2007.

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