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
Interstate 280 ends at I-75 three miles south of the Michigan state line in Toledo. This sign bridge was removed by September 2002 due to the widening of the adjacent Ohio 25 overpass.1 Photo taken by Adam Prince and Jeff Kitsko (06/08/02).
Monotubes were added along I-280 north leading into the exchange with Interstate 75 during September 2002 reconstruction. Photo taken by Dan Garnell (10/30/02).
Exit 12 departs Interstate 280 north for Manhattan Boulevard just ahead of the ramp separation for I-75 north to Detroit and south to Downtown Toledo. Photo taken by Dan Garnell (10/30/02).
Entering the directional T interchange with Interstate 75 on I-280 north. Detroit lies 47 miles to the north. Photo taken by Dan Garnell (10/30/02).
Perspective from Interstate 75 north
Exit 207 leaves I-75 north for Stickney Avenue and Lagrange Street one mile ahead of Interstate 280. Photo taken 09/02/05.
I-75 was expanded from four to six lanes east to Interstate 280 (Exit 208) during 2015/16. I-280 leads travelers south from Toledo to the Ohio Turnpike east for Cleveland. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Advancing to within a half mile of I-280 south on I-75 north. Much of the industry along the Maumee River and Lake Erie is consolidated near this exchange. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Northbound Interstate 75 reaches Exit 208 for I-280 south to Oregon, Northwood and I-80/90 (Ohio Turnpike) to Cleveland. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Perspective from Interstate 75 south
The first signage for I-280 (Exit 208) appears two and a half miles north of the split from southbound Interstate 75. I-280 connects to Ohio 25, which provides most connections in Downtown Toledo. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Traffic headed for the Ohio Turnpike is advised to take I-280 for points east and to remain on the mainline of I-75 for points west. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstate 280 serves the eastern suburbs of Oregon and Northwood, before accessing the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/90). Photo taken 09/02/05.
Beyond the exchange with I-280, Interstate 75 continues three miles west to I-475. I-475 loops around the west side of Toledo between Sylvania and Maumee. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Construction in 2016/17 reconfigured the directional T interchange with I-280 to eliminate left side ramps. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Exit 208 departs for I-280 south. The ensuing off-ramp links Interstate 280 with Manahttan Boulevard. The urban loop crosses the Maumee River over the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway in two miles. Photo taken 09/02/05.
South End – Lemoyne, Ohio
Perspective from Interstates 80 & 90 west
Two miles ahead of the trumpet interchange (Exit 71) for I-280 north and Ohio 420 south on the Ohio Turnpike westbound. Photo taken 09/02/05.
The Ohio Turnpike crosses over Ohio 163 one mile ahead of Exit 71. Ohio 420 south links I-80/90 with Ohio 163 west to U.S. 20/23 at Stony Ridge. Photo taken by Steve Hanudel (08/06/05).
Exit 71 leaves I-80/90 west for I-280 north to Toledo and Ohio 420 south to U.S. 20 and Lemoyne. Photo taken by Steve Hanudel (08/06/05).
Traffic partitions beyond the Ohio Turnpike toll plaza at Exit 71 at a trumpet interchange with I-280 and Ohio 420. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Perspective from Ohio 420 north
Ohio 420 transitions into Interstate 280 at the trumpet interchange (Exit 1A) and access road to the Ohio Turnpike. Photo taken by Sean Lyons (12/02).
Perspective from Interstate 280 south
An array of traveler services line I-280 at forthcoming Exit 1B with Bahnsen Road. The trumpet interchange (Exit 1A) with the Ohio Turnpike access road follows. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Freeway end signs precede the diamond interchange (Exit 1B) with Bahnsen Road. Photo taken by Sean Lyons (12/02).
I-80/90 follow the Ohio Turnpike west to the Indiana Toll Road and east to the city of Elyria. I-90 branches north from there into Cleveland while I-80 proceeds east toward Youngstown. Photo taken 09/02/05.
I-280 continues a quarter mile south the Ohio Turnpike entrance ramp. Ohio 420 extends 2.25 miles south from Exit 1A as an expressway to U.S. 20/23 at Lemoyne. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Southbound I-280 ends and Ohio 420 begins below the Ohio Turnpike mainline. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Ramps for I-80/90 separate after the Ohio Turnpike toll plaza for Chicago, Illinois and Cleveland. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Garnell, Dan. Personal email, November 11, 2002.
Veterans’ Glass City Skyway. http://www.lookuptoledo.org Ohio 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