Interstate 280 stems north from I-80/90 (Ohio Turnpike) and Ohio State Route 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 feet.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 SR 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