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Interstate 280 South

Interstate 280 south
The ramp from Interstate 75 south to Interstate 280 south includes an off-ramp to Manhattan Boulevard (Exit 12) not available from the Interstate 75 northbound off-ramp. Overall the interchange between Interstates 75 and 280 was reconfigured as part of the Veterans' Glass City Skyway Bridge project. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Exit 12 immediately departs Interstate 280 south to Manhattan Boulevard. Manhattan Boulevard travels east-west 3.6 miles from Cherry Street near U.S. 24 to Summit Street at Detwiler Park. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Ramps from Interstate 75 combine one half mile ahead of the Exit 11 partial-cloverleaf interchange with Ohio 25 (Greenbelt Parkway). Ohio 25 begins at Interstate 280 and travels south along the 1999-built Greenbelt Parkway into downtown Toledo. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstate 280's first southbound reassurance shield, posted between the Manhattan Boulevard and Central Avenue overpasses. Central Avenue is accessible from Exit 11 via Galena Street north. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Shifted due to the construction of the Veterans' Glass City Skyway Bridge, Interstate 280 passes through the Exit with Ohio 25 (Greenbelt Parkway) south. Ohio 25 ventures 1.25 miles southwest to Ohio 120 (Main Street) and 2.6 miles to junction Interstate 75 at Exit 201A. 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) should use Ohio 25 south as well. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Descending below the Champlain, Michigan, Ontario, and Huron Street overpasses, Interstate 280 originally traveled below grade to the Craig Memorial Bridge over the Maumee River. High columns now carry the freeway upwards from the Greenbelt Parkway interchange into the Glass City Skyway Bridge. Flyovers were built as part of the skyway bridge to Exit 11 to replace the surface level ramps. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Temporary Interstate 280 south circles the Summit Street overpass on the approach to the Craig Memorial Bridge. The original Exit 10 directional-cloverleaf interchange with Summit Street was eliminated; movements to Summit Street are now achieved by taking Galena Street south from Exit 11. Summit Street's overpass was removed as it was no longer necessary and now the street intersects the north end of Craig Memorial Bridge at-grade. Photo taken 09/02/05.

The Craig Memorial Bridge consists of a four-lane draw bridge with no shoulders across the Maumee River. Frequent lifts of the bridge and its narrow nature were reasons to replace it with a fixed high level bridge. The new cable-stayed bridge travels 403' above the river. Photo taken 09/02/05.
A second directional-cloverleaf interchange lied at the south end of the Craig Memorial Bridge with Front Street (Exit 9). The interchange was removed and replaced with new flyovers leading to Front Street from Interstate 280 south and from Front Street back on Interstate 280 north. Front Street follows the south banks of the Maumee River between the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority docks area to 1st Street and International Park. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Old Interstate 280 departs the Craig Memorial Bridge and splits with the Exit 9 ramps to Front Street. The new Veterans' Glass City Skyway Bridge opened to traffic on June 24, 2007 at a cost of $220 million. Taking eight years to construct, the bridge replaces the draw bridge below, which is now open to local traffic between Front Street and Summit Street (Ohio 65). Photo taken 09/02/05.
Looking at the old Exit 9 ramp partition to Front Street south to 1st and Main Streets and Front Street north to the port, Consaul Street east and Millard Avenue southeast. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Descending again, this time underneath the Front Street overpass, on original Interstate 280 southbound. This overpass was also made obsolete, so it was demolished and now Front Street intersects the south end of Craig Memorial Bridge directly. New ramps tying into Interstate 280 south and from Interstate 280 north meet Front Street at the same point. Photo taken 09/02/05.
A high flyover now loops onto Front Street from Interstate 280 south. The freeway continues its descent toward a half-diamond interchange with Starr Avenue (Exit 8). Photo taken 09/02/05.
Almost out of the shadow of the new Skyway Bridge, Interstate 280 used to pass under the Norfolk-Southern Railroad line and Seaman Street. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstate 280 southbound leaves the Skyway construction project at Exit 8 (Starr Avenue). Starr Avenue heads 1.4 miles east from Oak Street in Toledo to Interstate 280 at Exit 8. Continuing east, the street ventures another 3.6 miles through Oregon to Wynn Road at Pearson Park. Photo taken 09/02/05.
The third lane from the Skyway Bridge becomes exit-only for Ohio 2 (Navarre Avenue) at Exit 7. Ohio 2 follows Navarre Avenue 1.3 miles east from its split with Ohio 51 (Woodville Road) in Toledo to junction Interstate 280. Photo taken 09/02/05.
A few curves lie ahead of the Exit 7 split-diamond interchange for Ohio 2 (Navarre Avenue). Frontage streets (Dearborn Avenue east / Munding Drive west) travel between the ramps at Navarre Avenue southeast to Wheeling Street, a north-south road through Norwood, Oregon, and east Toledo. A CSX Railroad bridge spans the freeway before the Exit 7 ramp departure. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstate 280 southbound at the Exit 7 off-ramp to Ohio 2 (Navarre Avenue) and Wheeling Street south to Norwood. Ohio 2 west joins Ohio 51 along Woodville Road to the Clayton Street bridge across the Maumee River into downtown Toledo. Eastward, the state route joins Oregon with Bono and Port Clinton on Lake Erie. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Ohio 51 continues along Woodville Road southeast from its split with Ohio 2 (Navarre Avenue) 2.75 miles to Interstate 280 at Exit 6. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Southbound Interstate 280 reassurance marker posted at the Pickle Road overpass. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Exit 6 serves both Ohio 51 (Woodville Road) and nearby Curtice Road in north Norwood. The two interchanges are joined by a collector/distributor roadway. Curtice Road otherwise stems east from Wheeling Street six miles to the community of Curtice. Photo taken 09/02/05.
The Exit 6 c/d roadway departs Interstate 280 southbound at the Curtice Road diamond interchange. Curtice Road ends at parallel Wheeling Street near Bay Park Community Hospital. Ohio 51 continues southeast from both Wheeling Street and Interstate 280 to Ohio 579 (Williston Road) close by. Ohio 579 begins at Woodville Road and travels east 6.3 miles to Williston and 10.5 miles to Ohio 2 at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Exit 6 separates into ramps to Curtice Road and Ohio 51 (Woodville Road) at the Wood County line. Ohio 51 provides the main route through the suburb of Norwood, serving the communities of Woodville Gardens and East Lawn. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Ohio 51 shield and Woodville Road guide sign posted on the Exit 6 ramp. Ohio 51 travels from Sylvania through downtown Toledo, Oregon and Norwood to the west. Continuing east, the state route heads to Genoa and Elmore before meeting the Ohio Turnpike at Exit 81. Photo taken 09/02/05.
South of Norwood is the town of Walbridge and Exit 4 of Interstate 280. Traveling from Walbridge to the Exit 4 diamond interchange is Walbridge Road. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Descending from the Norfolk-Southern Railroad crossing, one half mile north of the Exit 4 off-ramp to Walbridge on Interstate 280 south. Walbridge Road becomes Union Street on the three-quarter mile drive west to Main Street in downtown Walbridge. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstate 280 southbound at the Exit 4 ramp departure to Walbridge Road and Walbridge. Heading east from the freeway, Walbridge Road continues 1.75 miles to Ohio 51 (Woodville Road) and 3.2 miles to Fostoria Road. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstate 280 bends southeast on the two mile drive between Walbridge Road and Ohio 795 (Exit 2). Ohio 795 (Moline-Martin Road) meets the freeway at a folded-diamond interchange near Metcalf Field. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Mileage sign posted at the Ayers Road overpass listing the distances to junction Interstates 80 & 90 (Ohio Turnpike) and U.S. 23 (and U.S. 23). Photo taken 09/02/05.
Ohio 795 travels 6.75 miles west from Exit 2 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 09/02/05.
South Interstate 280 at Exit 2 to Ohio 795 (Moline-Martin Road). 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 09/02/05.
Continuing south, Interstate 280 next reaches Exit 1B (Bahnsen Road) for Latcha and Hanley Roads. Bahnsen Road provides connections with Latcha Road to the north and Hanley Road to the south. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Two miles of Interstate 280 remain; U.S. 20 & 23 remain four miles away via the Ohio 420 expressway south from the Interstate end at the Ohio Turnpike. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Signs for Latcha and Hanley Roads (Exit 1B) and junction Interstates 80 & 90 (Exit 1A) posted one half mile north of the Bahnsen Road exit of Interstate 280 south. Bahnsen Road provides the connection between sections of both Latcha and Hanley Roads segregated by the construction of the freeway. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Bahnsen Road constitutes a short east-west road between Baker Road (west) and Warns Drive (east). Baker Road and Warns Drive provide the one-half mile connections to Latcha Road (north) and Hanley Road (south). Both Latcha and Hanley Roads follow rural east-west alignments between Tracey and Fostoria Roads. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Freeway ends one mile advisory signs posted near the Bahnsen Road (Exit 1B) overpass on Interstate 280 south. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstate 280 meets Exit 71 of the Ohio Turnpike at its southern terminus. Interstates 80 & 90 follow the turnpike mainline from the Indiana Toll Road eastward to Exit 142 near Lorain. Photo taken 09/02/05.
The Ohio Turnpike in conjunction with the Indiana Toll Road and Chicago Skyway lead west to the city of Chicago. Eastward the turnpike heads toward Cleveland, with Interstate 90 and several other freeways directly serving the city. Photo taken 09/02/05.
End Interstate 280 / Begin Ohio 420 overhead situated at the Exit 1A trumpet interchange to the Ohio Turnpike. The sign is similar in design to those used in the state of New Jersey. Ohio 420 continues Interstate 280 south as a four-lane expressway to junction U.S. 20 & 23 at Lemoyne. An intersection with Genoa Road serves Stony Ridge to the west. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Shortly after passing through the Exit 71 toll booths, motorists encounter the trumpet interchange with the Ohio Turnpike mainline. Interstates 80 & 90 travel west 208 miles to their split at Gary and 70 miles east to their separation at Lorain. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstates 80 & 90 overheads placed at the ramp separation of to the Ohio Turnpike east and west. The Ohio Turnpike overall joins Toledo with Cleveland, Youngstown, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by way of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76). Photo taken 09/02/05.

Page Updated November 3, 2007.

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