Interstate 271 Ohio
Interstate 271 forms a bypass for regional traffic to the east of Cleveland through Summit and Cuyahoga Counties. The freeway connects with I-71 near Medina and I-90 near the shore of Lake Erie. The northern half of I-271, from Macdeonia to Wiloughby Hills, navigates through an array of cities and villages. This includes a dual freeway configuration northward from I-480N at Warrensville Heights.
South through the city of Bedford Heights and the community of Oakwood, I-271 combines with I-480 along a four mile overlap. The concurrency represents just one of two pairs of branch routes merged within the Interstate Highway System. The other is I-785 and I-840 at Greensboro, North Carolina.
The southern portion of Interstate 271 through Summit and Medina Counties remains mostly rural. This includes a stretch through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. A set of rest areas line both roadways in Richfield Township as well.
North End – Willoughby Hills, OH
South End – Medina, OH
Mileage – 46.06*
Cities – Macedonia, Bedford Heights, Warrensville Heights, Beachwood, Mayfield Heights, Highland Heights, Willoughby Hills
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Source: December 31, 2017 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
* – 5.84 miles on I-480
Early plans for the Cleveland Interstate system outlined Interstate 271 following a corridor along Ohio 17 east between I-71 in southwest Cleveland and Maple Heights. This was later changed to I-80N and then I-480. A subsequent proposal combined I-271 with Interstate 290, which was an urban freeway slated to run west from Beachwood across Shaker Heights to I-77 (Willow Freeway) in Cleveland.
North End – – Willoughby Hills, Ohio
South End – Medina Township, Ohio
Page updated August 29, 2009.