Interstate 280 Ohio

Routing

Interstate 280 is a north-south freeway linking Interstate 75 northeast of downtown Toledo, Ohio, with Interstates 80 and 90, the Ohio Turnpike. Interstate 280 travels over the Maumee River via the Veterans' Glass City Skyway, a cable stay bridge that was opened to traffic on June 24, 2007. The span was constructed as costliest bridge project in Ohio history: It cost $220 million, and sadly, five lives were lost during construction activities. The skyway is 403 feet high and 1.6 miles long. The Craig Memorial Bridge, a drawbridge that used to carry Interstate 280 over the Maumee River, remains in use for local traffic.3, 4

History

Originally part of the Toledo-Detroit Expressway which opened in 1956, Interstate 280 was fully completed as a freeway and designated by 1966.

Future Aspirations

If Interstate 73 is extended north to Ohio, some have considered Interstate 280 to be a possible link in that superhighway. However, that is just one possible alternative, and that assumes that Interstate 73 is constructed in the Buckeye State.

Planned Improvements

The Veterans' Glass City Skyway has been the main construction project on Interstate 280 through recent years. Construction began in April 1999. Eight years later, the new skyway opened to traffic on June 24, 2007. This project provided for a new span of the Maumee River (known as the Veterans' Glass City Skyway at a cost of $220 million) along with widening of Interstate 280 from Ohio 2 to Interstate 75 from four to six lanes.2 New signage was installed as of September 2002, using single bar sign bridge in lieu of the more typical truss based sign bridge.1

The new $220 million Maumee River crossing will have a 130' tall roadbed and 403' tall cable-stayed bridge towers. This bridge will carry six lanes plus full shoulders of Interstate highway over the river. The new crossing will bring Interstate 280 to six lanes in overall width from Interstate 75 southward to the Ohio 2/Navarre Avenue (Exit 7) interchange. The existing Craig Memorial Bridge will remain operational for local traffic after the new crossing is complete. No tolls will be implemented for the costs of the project.

Highway Guides

Southern Terminus - Interstate 80/90 - near Stony Ridge/Lemoyne, Ohio
Perspective from Interstate 80/90 westbound
The first signage for the junction with Interstate 280 and Ohio 420 (Exit 71) along westbound Interstate 80/90/Ohio Turnpike is this two-mile advance sign, which is standard for most rural exit signs along the turnpike. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstate 80/90/Ohio Turnpike westbound approaching the Interstate 280 interchange/Exit 71. The control city of Sandy Ridge for southbound Ohio 420 leads from Exit 71 to the village along U.S. 20. Photos taken by Steve Hanudel (08/06/05) and on 09/02/05.
Westbound Interstate 80/90/Ohio Turnpike at the interchange for Interstate 280 and Ohio 420. Ohio 420 extends from the southern terminus of Interstate 280 southward to U.S. 20 and Lemoyne. Notice also the dual exit numbers (mile based and sequential) used by the Ohio Turnpike at the time this photo was taken. Photos taken by Steve Hanudel (08/06/05) and on 09/02/05.
After the toll plaza at the Exit 71 interchange, this sign advises motorists to exit left for southbound Ohio 420 to Lemoyne and Stony Ridge or exit right for Interstate 280 north to Toledo and Interstate 75. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Flanking the Interstate 280 and Ohio 420 sign are two sets of shields. The one on the left points to Ohio 420 south to U.S. 20 with a rare cut-out Ohio 420 shield, and the one on the right points to Interstate 280 north to Interstate 75 with the state name within both shields (a rarity these days in Ohio). Both of these shield assemblies are now gone (as of 2007). Photos taken 09/02/05.
Perspective from Interstate 280 north
Begin Northbound Interstate 280 after the junction with Interstate 80/90 (Ohio Turnpike). This marks the northern terminus of Ohio 420. Photo taken by Sean Lyons (12/02).
Perspective from Interstate 280 south
Traveling south on Interstate 280 through the maze of pillars for the then-under construction Veterans' Glass City Skyway bridge, this overhead signage for Exit 9, Front Street on the existing Craig Memorial Bridge (drawbridge) is accompanied by a mileage sign for Interstate 80-90/Ohio Turnpike, some ten miles south of here. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Six miles further south, this mileage sign provides the distance to Interstate 80-90/Ohio Turnpike (four miles) and U.S. 20 (six miles, via Ohio 420 south). Photo taken 09/02/05.
Now approaching the southern terminus, the penultimate exit is Exit 1B, Hanley Road/Latcha Road. The junction with Interstate 80-90/Ohio Turnpike follows at Exit 1A. Photo taken 09/02/05.
A Freeway Ends One Mile sign is posted along southbound Interstate 280 after Exit 1B and prior to the interchange with Interstate 80-90/Ohio Turnpike. Photo taken by Sean Lyons (12/02).
Southbound Interstate 280 approaches Junction Interstate 80-90/Ohio Turnpike and Ohio 420 south to U.S. 20. Photo taken 09/02/05.
The quarter-mile advance sign for the junction with Junction Interstate 80-90/Ohio Turnpike on southbound Interstate 280 is posted on the side of the road. No mention is made of Ohio 420 or U.S. 20. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Southbound Interstate 280 ends at Exit 1A, Junction Interstate 80-90/Ohio Turnpike. Ohio 420 continues straight ahead as a divided highway, connecting with U.S. 20 to the south (a distance of about two miles). The traffic light ahead connects nascent Ohio 420 south with Libbey Road. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Now on the transition ramp from Interstate 280 south to Interstate 80-90/Ohio Turnpike, motorists are afforded a choice of eastbound to Cleveland in the right lane and westbound to South Bend and Chicago in the left lane. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Northern Terminus - Interstate 75 - Toledo, Ohio
Perspective from Interstate 280 north
Northbound Interstate 280 end advisory signage as the freeway approaches its conclusion with Interstate 75 northeast of downtown Toledo. This junction is situated three miles south of the Michigan state line. Photo taken by Adam Prince/Jeff Kitsko (06/08/02).
A closer look at the button copy guide signs for the north end of Interstate 280. Manhattan Boulevard (Exit 12) is the last mainline exit for Interstate 280. As of September 2002, this sign bridge no longer stands over Interstate 280. The removal is due to the widening of the Ohio 25 overpass, which is just beyond the former sign bridge.1 Photo taken by Jim Teresco (08/01).
The first new sign bridge in conjunction with the September 2002 reconstruction project announces the impending Interstate 75 ramp split at the end of Interstate 280. The text in the yellow part of the left-hand panel displays LEFT 1/2 MILE. Note the lack of control city for Interstate 75 as well. Photo taken by Dan Garnell (10/30/02).
The next sign bridge at the Manhattan Boulevard interchange (Exit 12), one-quarter mile from the split visible in the background. Photo taken by Dan Garnell (10/30/02).
The final sign bridge at the north/south Interstate 75 ramp split. Note that while the first two signs for south Interstate 75 each referred to Interstate 475, that the final guide sign omits it. The Motor City of Detroit is only 47 miles north via Interstate 75 at this interchange. Photo taken by Dan Garnell (10/30/02).
Perspective from Interstate 280 south
On the transition ramp from southbound Interstate 75 to southbound Interstate 280, the first exit ramp is for Manhattan Boulevard, followed by Junction Ohio 25 south to downtown Toledo. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Southbound Interstate 280 reaches Exit 12, Manhattan Boulevard. The next exit is Exit 11, Junction Ohio 25 south to downtown Toledo. Photo taken 09/02/05.
This is now the first reassurance marker for southbound Interstate 280 (as of September 2002), posted just south of the Manhattan Boulevard interchange (Exit 12). Photo taken 09/02/05.
Perspective from Interstate 75 north
Northbound Interstate 75 reaches Exit 207, Stickney Avenue and Lagrange Street. The next exit is Exit 208, Junction Interstate 280 south to Interstate 80-90/Ohio Turnpike. Note the control city of Cleveland, which describes its primary purpose of connecting downtown Toledo with destinations served by the turnpike, including the city of Cleveland in northeastern Ohio. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstate 75 is fairly narrow on the section between Interstate 475 and Interstate 280. Photo taken 09/02/05.
The next exit along northbound Interstate 75 is Exit 208, Junction Interstate 280 south. Much of the industry along the Maumee River and Lake Erie is consolidated near the Interstate 75/280 interchange. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Northbound Interstate 75 reaches Exit 208, Junction Interstate 280 south to Interstate 80-90/Ohio Turnpike to Cleveland. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Perspective from Interstate 75 south
The first signage for Interstate 280 (Exit 208) is found about two and a half miles north of the split along southbound Interstate 75. The signage indicates that traffic to downtown Toledo should use Interstate 280 south. Interstate 280 connects to Ohio 25, which provides most connections in downtown Toledo. Photo taken 09/02/05.
The second in the series of sign bridges for the northern beginning of Interstate 280 from Interstate 75 southbound appears here. Traffic headed for the Ohio Turnpike is advised to take Interstate 280 for points east and to stay on the mainline of Interstate 75 for points west. Compare the old button copy signage with the new reflective signage. Photos taken 09/02/05 and by Adam Prince/Jeff Kitsko (06/08/02).
Nearing Exit 208 for Interstate 280 south on Interstate 75 southbound. Interstate 280 also serves the eastern suburbs of Oregon and Northwood, before accessing the Ohio Turnpike/Interstates 80/90. Again, compare new and old signage. Photos taken 09/02/05 and by Don Hargraves (08/02).
For Manhattan Boulevard (Exit 12), use southbound Interstate 280. Photo taken 09/02/05.
After the Interstate 280 interchange (Exit 208), southbound Interstate 75 meets Stickney Street/Lagrange Street (Exit 207) and Jeep Parkway/Willys Parkway (Exit 205), then interchanges with Interstate 475 west to Sylvania and U.S. 23 (Exit 204). Interstate 280 does not connect to Interstate 475. Photo taken 09/02/05.
The left-hand lane begins its departure from Interstate 75 south for Interstate 280 south at this point. Interstate 75 turns to the west until it meets Interstate 475, the western loop of Toledo. Compare new and old signage. Photos taken 09/02/05 and by Don Hargraves (08/02).
The southbound beginning of Interstate 280 from Interstate 75 south. The first exit for Interstate 280 is that of Manhattan Boulevard, as the signage suggests on this sign bridge. The Maumee River crossing for Interstate 280 is only three miles to the south. Compare new and old signage. Photos taken 09/02/05 and by Don Hargraves (08/02).

Sources:

  1. Garnell, Dan. Personal email, November 11, 2002.
  2. http://www.lookuptoledo.org
  3. I-280 span in Toledo to open this weekend by Naomi R. Patton, Detroit Free Press, June 23, 2007
  4. Light show planned for overnight Saturday at new I-280 bridge: Pylon lighting will follow daytime festivities, David Patch, Toledo Blade, June 20, 2007


Page Updated July 19, 2007.



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Mileage

State Ohio
Mileage 12.41
Cities Toledo
Junctions I-80/90, I-75
Source: December 31, 2016 Interstate Route Log and Finders List