Interstate 277 Ohio


Interstate 277 is a short east-west connector linking Interstate 76 and Interstate 77 in Akron. It is cosigned with U.S. 224 through its entire length.


Interstate 277 was actually proposed as Interstate 480 when Interstate 80 was slated to run between Norwalk to Youngstown, via Akron. When the transcontinental interstate was moved further north in the early 1960's, the short east-west freeway was given to Interstate 77 and redesignated as Interstate 277. The entire route was completed by 1970.

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Western Terminus - Interstate 76 - southwest of Akron, Ohio
Perspective from Interstate 277 west
Sign bridge westbound on Interstate 277 for Exit 1/Interstate 76 east to Interstate 77 north. The mainline of Interstate 277 defaults onto Interstate 76 west. U.S. 224 continues on the Interstate system with U.S. 224 to Barberton and Lodi. Photo taken by Chris Curley (12/29/00).
The Exit 1 departure of Interstate 76 east and Alternate Interstate 76/U.S. 224 west. This alternate route returns to Interstate 76 at the Ohio 21 interchange (Exit 13). Photo taken 05/21/02.
A trumpet interchange represents the western terminus of Interstate 277. Featured here is Exit 17B overhead for Ohio 619, the first westbound interchange Interstate 277 and U.S. 224 travelers encounter on Interstate 76 west. Photo taken 05/21/02.
Perspective from Interstate 76 east
Night time view of diagrammatic button copy overhead on Interstate 76 east as it approaches the split with Interstate 277/U.S. 224. The control city is that of the Interstate 77 southbound destination of Canton. Photo taken by Chris Curley (01/02/01).
Eastbound Interstate 76/U.S. 224 at Exit 17B/Ohio 619. The East Avenue off-ramp is the first Interstate 76 faces for the city of Akron. Meanwhile in 0.75 miles Interstate 76 will yield the eastbound beginning of Interstate 277 and turn northward toward Interstate 77. Photo taken 05/21/02.
Eastbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 approaching Interstate 277. Note the green ONLY on the left exit; it should be black on yellow tab that reads EXIT ONLY. The left exit here is something of a fallacy; in reality, Interstate 76 exits off its freeway, and Interstate 277 continues as the through route. Photo taken 05/21/02.
Interstate 76 departs from itself via one lane at the Interstate 277 eastbound beginning. Now in the great scheme of Interstate numbering, Interstate 277 is one that is grievously misnumbered. With the through traffic on Interstate 76 defaulted onto Interstate 277, and with Interstate 277 being an east-west route, this should be Interstate 276. It would be even more appropriately Interstate 276 if the freeway along U.S. 224 east of Interstate 77 were extended to reconnect with Interstate 76. Photo taken 05/21/02.
Perspective from Interstate 76 west/77 north
Westbound Interstate 76 and Northbound Interstate 77 approaching Exit 21A/East Avenue as Interstates 76 and 77 leave downtown Akron. East Avenue will intersect Interstate 76 again at Exit 18 to the west of Interstate 277. There the surface street gains Ohio 619 signage. Photo taken 05/21/02.
Progressing toward the Interstate 76 west/Interstate 77 northbound split at Exit 21A/East Avenue. The departure of Interstate 76 west does not receive an exit number in this direction, although it should display Exit 20 (It is Exit 129 on Interstate 77 south). The upcoming interchange is just two miles north of the western terminus of Interstate 277. Photo taken 05/21/02.
Interstate 76 west leaves Interstate 77 north as the designation turns from a westerly orientation to a southerly direction. As is the case at the western terminus of Interstate 277, the mainline of Interstate 76 is allocated only one lane. It is unclear why Interstate 277 is featured on this overhead sign, considering that this was taken on westbound Interstate 76, and Interstate 277 leads back to the east. Photo taken 05/21/02.
Beyond the Interstate 76/77 split on westbound at Exit 19 - Battles Avenue and Kenmore Boulevard. The junction with Interstate 277 east and U.S. 224 represents the next interchange (Exit 18). Photo taken 05/21/02.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 18, Westbound Interstate 277 and U.S. 224. From this point until its western terminus, Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 merge together en route to Lodi. Interstate 76 again sees an orientation change as it turns from the south to the west. For Interstate 277 east, the first exit is with Ohio 93/Manchester Road (Exit 2) one mile to the east. Photo taken 05/21/02.
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 77 - Akron, Ohio
Perspective from Interstate 277 east
There are only two mainline interchanges of Interstate 277. The first of which is Exit 2/Ohio 93, serving Waterloo Road and Manchester Road. Pictured on this sign bridge is the second interchange, Exit 3 with Main Street. The terminus interchange of Exit 4/Interstate 77 will be reached already in just two miles. Photo taken 05/21/02.
Eastbound Interstate 277 and U.S. 224 approaching Exit 4, Interstate 77. U.S. 224 departs the Interstate system after a 23 mile marriage for Akron-Fulton International Airport and the southeast suburb of Mogadore. Photo taken 05/21/02.
The Exit 4A (unsigned here) deceleration lane departs for Interstate 77 southbound to the city of Canton. Canton, the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is a fifteen mile drive south. Photo taken 05/21/02.
Continuing on Interstate 277/U.S. 224 eastbound to the Exit 4A departure of Interstate 77 south. The north-south Interstate will not encounter another major city beyond Canton until it reaches the West Virginia city of Parkersburg. Photo taken 05/21/02.
Interstate 277 concludes at the Exit 4B cloverleaf ramp to Interstate 77 north toward downtown Akron. U.S. 224 continues as a freeway headed toward Youngstown and New Castle. Three miles to the north is the Interstate 76 overlap begin of Interstate 77 north. Youngstown is 47 miles to the east via Interstate 76. Photo taken 05/21/02.
Perspective from Interstate 77 north
Two miles south of the Interstate 277 eastern terminus on Interstate 77 north is this button copy overhead. Exit 122 is the first of several interchanges along Interstate 77 to serve the city of Akron. Photo taken by Chris Curley (12/29/00).
The left-hand exit that constitutes the Interstate 277 westbound beginning departs Interstate 77 north. Interstate 277 does allow Interstate 77 travelers to bypass the downtown area, in addition to its functionality of carrying Interstate 76 through traffic. Photo taken 05/21/02.

Page Updated August 7, 2003.