Interstate 475 Ohio

Routing

Interstate 475 is a bypass and commuter route in the Toledo metropolitan area. Looping west from I-75 at Perrysburg, the freeway crosses the Maumee River into the city of Maumee. Proceeding north. I-475 heads through Holland along the west side of Toledo to connect directly with the U.S. 23 freeway to Ann Arbor, Michigan near Sylvania. The remainder of I-475 travels east back to I-75 near Downtown Toledo.

History

Interstate 475 first opened as a section of relocated U.S. 23 between West Central Avenue (U.S. 20) and Monroe Street (Ohio 51) in Sylvania. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on November 2, 1962 for the roadway that cost $5 million. Traffic began use on it a few days later once sign and guard rail installation was completed. The highway tied into a preexisting section of U.S. 23 expressway leading north into Michigan.1 That stretch of U.S. 23 north to Dundee opened to traffic on December 11, 1959 at a cost of $8.4-million.2

The two spans carrying Interstate 475 across the Maumee River were constructed from 1962 to 1964 at a cost of $1.4-million. The bridges were unique in that they curved on both the vertical and horizontal planes, with the vertical element banked at 0.025 feet per lineal foot. Separated by 84 feet, the seven-span bridges are supported by 25 foot high piers totalling 1,481 feet in length.3 The bridges opened along with I-475 southeast from U.S. 24 (Anthony Wayne Trail) to U.S. 25 (Dixie highway), south of Perrysburg, in Fall 1966. The 2.8 mile segment extending east from the bridges to U.S. 25 was built at a cost of $3.1 million and completed in 1964. The $2.6 million extension northward to the interchange with U.S. 24 was under construction from October 10, 1964 to November 30, 1966.4

The freeway north from U.S. 24 to U.S. 20 (West Central Avenue) was dedicated on November 21, 1968. The 8.3-mile stretch of I-475 cost $12.5-million.5 The 2.1-mile section of I-475 between Corey Road (Exit 15) and Secor Road (Exit 17) was constructed from Spring 1968 to November 1969 for $6.7-million.6 This segment tied into the final link of I-475, the mile long freeway between Secor Road and Douglas Road. Bids for this portion were received on June 17, 1969 with completion anticipated for November 30, 1970.7 The Northwest Expressway was completed on December 15, 1970. The northeast end of I-475 defaulted traffic onto I-75 southbound, as the segment of I-75 north was still under construction.8

Under a 10-year $5 billion transportation improvement plan announced August 6, 2003 by Governor Bob Taft, Interstate 475 was expanded from four to six lanes between Corey Road (Exit 15) southward to the Maumee River crossing. Additionally the northern exchange between I-75/475 was reconstructed and improved. A three-year, six-cent hike to the state's motor fuels tax covered the costs of these projects.9

Highway Guides

Southern Terminus - Interstate 75 and U.S. 23 - Perrysburg, Ohio
Perspective from Interstate 475 south
Traveling south on Interstate 475 and U.S. 23, the freeway turns sharply east after crossing the Maumee River. The second to final exit connects with Ohio 25 south to Bowling Green. Ohio 25 is the old alignment of U.S. 25 between Toledo and Cygnet. While there are other state maintained sections of Old U.S. 25, most of the route in Ohio is locally maintained. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Southbound Interstate 475 and U.S. 23 reaches Exit 2, Ohio 25 north to Perrysburg and south to Bowling Green. U.S. 23 south combines with I-75 north to Exit 193. Photo taken 09/02/05.
The left two lanes connect to northbound Interstate 75 as well as provide the continuation of U.S. 23 south. The right lane provides an exit to Interstate 75 south to Findlay, Lima, Dayton, and Cincinnati. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstate 475 comes to an end at this point, as the ramps divide into the two directions of Interstate 75. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Perspective from Interstate 75 south
Interstate 75 southbound at Exit 192 for the northbound beginning of Interstate 475, and the transfer of U.S. 23 from Interstate 75. Interstate 475 and U.S. 23 overlap for 14 miles, bypassing Toledo to the west. Photo taken by Adam Prince and Jeff Kitsko (06/08/02).
Perspective from Interstate 75 north
Two miles from the separation with I-475 on Interstate 75 north. Photo taken by Steve Hanudel (07/04/06).
Within one mile of the Interstate 475/U.S. 23 interchange on Interstate 75 northbound. Photo taken by Steve Hanudel (07/04/06).
Entering the three wye interchange (Exit 192) with Interstate 475 & U.S. 23 north to Maumee and Ann Arbor, Michigan. and Steve Hanudel (07/04/06).
I-475 departs from the left side of Interstate 75 north and combines with U.S. 23 north just ahead of Ohio 25 at Perrysburg. U.S. 23 north overlaps with I-75 to the ensuing exit, where it joins U.S. 20 to Stony Ridge and Lemoyne. Photo taken by Steve Hanudel (07/04/06).
Historic perspective from Interstate 75 north
A diagrammatic sign replaced overheads for the I-75/475 split at the Perrysburg corporate limits by 2006. Photo taken by Dan Garnell (01/22/03)<./td>
Photo taken by Dan Garnell (01/22/03).
Northern Terminus - Interstate 75 - Toledo, Ohio
Perspective from Interstate 475 east
The first appearance of Interstate 75 signage on eastbound Interstate 475 is at Exit 19, Central Avenue. I-75 travels north to Detroit and south to Downtown Toledo. Photo taken 09/02/05.
The last mainline exit along Interstate 475 eastbound is for Central Avenue. Photo taken 09/02/05.
The left lane of I-475 east connects with Interstate 75 north to I-280 and Detroit, while the right three lanes transition onto southbound I-75. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstate 475 partitions into the ramps for Interstate 75 and nearby Exit 203B for U.S. 24 (Detroit Avenue). Photo taken 09/02/05.
The ramp connecting Interstate 475 east to I-75 north separates with a ramp (Exit 205A) for Jeep Parkway and Willys Parkway. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Perspective from Interstate 75 north
Advancing north by Downtown Toledo, I-75 north reaches the exchange with Interstate 475 west in two miles. Photo taken 09/02/05.
The left three lanes connect with westbound Interstate 475 beyond the ensuing off-ramp for U.S. 24 (Detroit Avenue). Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstate 475 leads west from Exit 204 to combine with U.S. 23 at Sylvania, U.S. 23 enters Ohio south from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstate 475 travels six miles west from Exit 204 to the exchange with U.S. 23. Photo taken 09/02/05.
A directional T interchange connects I-75 north with Interstate 475 west at Exit 204. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Historic perspective from Interstate 75 north
The original button copy signs at I-475 west were replaced with a diagrammatic sign between 2002 and 2005. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (08/02).
Perspective from Interstate 75 south
A left side ramp (Exit 205A) for Jeep and Willys Parkways precedes the north end of I-475 from Interstate 75 southbound. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (08/02).
A lane drop occurs at the upcoming exchange (Exit 204) with Interstate 475 west to U.S. 23. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (08/02).
Exit 204 signs along I-75 southbound use Maumee in place of Sylvania for Interstate 475. The southern suburb of Toledo is located 14 miles to the southwest. Interstate 75 curves back to the southeast on the succeeding stretch through Downtown Toledo. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (08/02).

Sources:

  1. "Central-To-Monroe Leg Of New U.S. 23 Opened In Full-Dress Ceremony---Then Closed To Traffic." Toledo Blade, November 3, 1962.
  2. "Two New Ohio-Michigan Links Climax Decade Of Highway Plans." Toledo Blade, December 27, 1959.
  3. "2 Curved Bridges Designed To Carry Interstate 475 Over Maumee River." Toledo Blade, October 29, 1962.
  4. "$6.6 Million I-475 Bypass Opening Near." Toledo Blade, October 19, 1966.
  5. "Two Most Exciting Years Forecast By Rhodes At I-475 Link Dedication." Toledo Blade, November 21, 1968.
  6. "Section Of I-475 To Be Done Soon, But It Won't Be Open Until Summer." Toledo Blade, September 12, 1969.
  7. "Bids Due June 17 On I-475 Stretch." Toledo Blade, May 30, 1969.
  8. "Expressway's Opening To Bring Some Relief, Some Headaches." Toledo Blade, December 4, 1970.
  9. "Taft plan would widen I-75, I-475." The Toledo Blade, August 7, 2003.

Page Updated February 1, 2016.