Interstate 280 Ohio
Interstate 280 stems north from I-80/90 (Ohio Turnpike) and Ohio 420 north from Leymoyne to the cities of Northwood, Oregon and Toledo in northwestern Ohio. Interstate 280 travels over the Maumee River across the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway, a cable stay bridge that opened to traffic on June 24, 2007. The towers supporting the 1.6 mile long span top out at 403 feety.1,2
Originally part of the Toledo-Detroit Expressway which opened in 1956, Interstate 280 was fully completed as a freeway and designated by 1966.
Construction on the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway began in April 1999. With costs of $220 million, the span represented the most expensive bridge project in Ohio history. Unfortunately, five lives were lost during construction activities as well. Project work also expanded Interstate 280 between Ohio 2 (Navarre Avenue) and I-75 from four to six lanes.3 Monotube sign assemblies were installed in place of the more typical truss sign bridges as of September 2002.4
Opened to traffic on June 24, 2007, the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway crosses the Maumee River with a 130 foot high bridge deck. The span accommodates six lanes of traffic plus full shoulders. The adjacent Craig Memorial Bridge, a drawbridge that previously carried Interstate 280 over the Maumee River, remains in use for local traffic.1,2
North End – Toledo, OH
South End – LeMoyne, OH
Mileage – 12.41
Cities – Northwood, Oregon, Toledo
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2017 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-280 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
Source: 2017/18 AADT – ODOT Transportation Data Management System
North End – Toledo, Ohio
South End – Lemoyne, Ohio
- Garnell, Dan. Personal email, November 11, 2002.
- Veterans’ Glass City Skyway.
http://www.lookuptoledo.orgOhio Department of Transporttation (ODOT), project web site.
- “I-280 span in Toledo to open this weekend.” Detroit Free Press (MI), June 23, 2007
- “Light show planned for overnight Saturday at new I-280 bridge: Pylon lighting will follow daytime festivities.” Toledo Blade (OH), June 20, 2007
Page updated February 7, 2019.