Interstate 480 Ohio

Interstate 480 Ohio
History
East End
West End

Overview

Interstate 480 connects the Ohio Turnpike (I-80) with Cleveland and the Cuyahoga County suburbs. Following the Outerbelt South Freeway, I-480 follows a 42 mile long course between North Ridgeville in Lorain County and Streetsboro in Portage County. Entering Cuyahoga County 1.25 miles east of the Ohio Turnpike toll plaza, I-480 trends northward through the city of North Olmsted to Great Northern Mall and SR 252. The freeway parallels SR 17 east from Fairview Park to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) in southwestern Cleveland.

Straddling the Cleveland and Brook Park city line, Interstate 480 proceeds eastward into Brooklyn. The Outerbelt South Freeway rejoins the corridor along SR 17 through the Old Brooklyn neighborhood in south Cleveland. I-480 bends southward from the exchange with SR 176 (Jennings Freeway) to the village of Brooklyn Heights and the four level interchange with I-77.

East from Interstate 77, I-480 crosses the Valley View Bridge. The twin viaducts extend 4,155 foot high above the Cuyahoga River, the Cuyahoga Valley Railroad and Canal Road. Built in 19751 the spans lead I-480 into the city of Garfield Heights, where the freeway again crosses SR 17.

Interstate 480 runs along the Maple Heights city line by southeast Cleveland and Warrensville Heights to the split with the I-480 north branch. Referenced as Interstate 480N on Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) markers, the north leg of I-480 connects the Outerbelt South Freeway with both Interstate 271 north to Euclid and U.S. 422 east into the city of Solon.

The mainline of I-480 angles southeast from SR 8 and I-480N into Bedford Heights, where it combines with Interstate 271 south. The 3.3 mile long concurrency leads south through east Bedford and into the village of Oakwood. The I-271/480 overlap is one of three branch route combinations in the Interstate Highway System. The others are I-785/840 at Greensboro and I-587/795 at Wilson, both in North Carolina.

Crossing the Summit County line at Madedonia, I-271 continues southwest to Northfield Center Township and the village of Richfield. Interstate 480 resumes a southeasterly heading to the city of Twinsburg and Twinsburg Township. I-480 concludes at the trumpet interchange and access road joining the Outerbelt South Freeway with the Ohio Turnpike at SR 14.

Route Information

  • East End – Streetsboro, OH

  • West End – North Ridgeville, OH

  • Mileage – 41.77

  • Cities – North Ridgeville, North Olmsted, Fairview Park, Cleveland, Brook Park, Brooklyn, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Bedford Heights, Twinsburg, Streetsboro

  • JunctionsI-80 Ohio Tpk I-71 I-77 I-480N I-271

Source: December 31, 2021 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

Clevelland, OH - 1973
Cleveland metropolitan area – 1973.

The first stretch of I-480 open to traffic was the eastern leg from the Ohio Turnpike at Streetsboro and the 5 mile long overlap with Interstate 271. I-480 temporarily ended at SR 17 (Libby Road) in Bedford Heights, just beyond the split with I-271 north.

History

The Outerbelt South Freeway was initially proposed as the southern leg of Interstate 271 west from Maple Heights to I-71 in southwest Cleveland, and as part of Interstate 80N southeast from Maple Heights to Streetsboro. This changed by 1963 with the Outerbelt South Freeway designated as part of transcontinental Interstate 80. I-80 eventually shifted south along the remainder of the Ohio Turnpike in 1971, with Interstate 480 established at that time.

The initial segment of Interstate 480 opened to traffic ran from Bedford to Streetsboro by 1966. This included the overlap with I-271. I-480 west from Bedford through Maple Heights was completed by 1976. Lengthening of the freeway west from there to Brooklyn Heights followed in 1978.2

The western extent of Interstate 480, from I-80 and Ohio State Route 10 at North Ridgeville to Brook Park (I-71), was completed by 1983. I-480 was extended east another two miles by 1986 and completed overall by 1989.2

Highway Guides

East End I-80 Ohio Tpk Ohio 14 – Streetsboro, Ohio

I-480 East Ohio State Route 14 South at I-80 Ohio Tpk

I-480 east at I-80/Ohio Tpk-SR 14 - Streetsboro

SR 14 combines with Interstate 480 southeast from the village of Oakwood to the eastern end of the Outerbelt South Freeway at Exit 42 / I-80. 09/30/10

I-480 east at I-80/Ohio Tpk-SR 14 - Streetsboro

The Outerbelt South Freeway crosses over I-80 just ahead of Exit 42. SR 14 continues southeast from I-480 as a commercial arterial into Streetsboro. 09/30/10

I-480 east at I-80/Ohio Tpk-SR 14 - Streetsboro

A trumpet interchange and access road link I-480 east and SR 14 with the Ohio Turnpike at Exit 42. 09/30/10

I-480 east at I-80/Ohio Tpk - Streetsboro

Traffic partitions beyond the toll plaza at Exit 187 for the Ohio Turnpike east to Youngstown and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and I-80 west to Toledo and South Bend, Indiana. 05/25/02

I-80 Ohio Tpk West at I-480 Ohio State Route 14

I-80/Ohio Tpk west at I-480/SR 14 - Streetsboro

Two miles east of the trumpet interchange (Exit 187) and access road joining the Ohio Turnpike with I-480 and SR 14. 09/01/05

I-80/Ohio Tpk west at I-480/SR 14 - Streetsboro

I-80 (Ohio Turnpike) crosses SR 43 (Cleveland Canton Road) one mile ahead of SR 14 east and I-480/SR 14 (Outerbelt South Freeway) west in Streetsboro. 09/01/05

I-80/Ohio Tpk west at I-480/SR 14 - Streetsboro

Interstate 480 and SR 14 angle northwest from the Ohio Turnpike 10.6 miles to I-271 at Oakwood in southeastern Cuyahoga County. 09/01/05

I-80/Ohio Tpk west at I-480/SR 14 - Streetsboro

Exit 187 leaves I-80 (Ohio Turnpike) west for SR 14 south to Streetsboro and Ravenna, I-480 west to Cleveland and SR 14 north to Bedford. 09/01/05

I-80 Ohio Tpk East at I-480 Ohio State Route 14

I-80/Ohio Tpk east at I-480/SR 14 - Streetsboro

Interstate 80 (Ohio Turnpike) advances east from the city of Hudson in Summit County to the trumpet interchange (Exit 187) and access road to I-480 (Outerbelt South Freeway) and SR 14 at Streetsboro. Photo by Patrick Lilja (07/17/06).

I-80/Ohio Tpk east at I-480/SR 14 - Streetsboro

Exit 187 departs Interstate 80 east for I-480/SR 14 north to Twinsburg and the commercialized stretch of SR 14 extending southeast to the Streetsboro city center. Photo by Patrick Lilja (07/17/06).

West End I-80 Ohio Tpk Ohio 10 – North Ridgeville, Ohio

East at I-480 West at I-80 Ohio Tpk Ohio State Route 10

I-480 west at I-80/Ohio Tpk - North Olmsted

Westbound Interstate 480 ends 2.5 miles beyond Exit 3 to Stearns Road in the city of North Olmsted. 09/30/10

I-480 west at I-80/Ohio Tpk - North Olmsted

The last mainline exit from westbound Interstate 480 connects with SR 10 east. SR 10 west combines with I-480 briefly before shifting southward along a freeway to U.S. 20 near Norwalk. 09/30/10

I-480 west at I-80/Ohio Tpk - North Olmsted

Exit 2 departs for SR 10 (Lorain Road) east back into North Olmstead. There is no access to I-80 east from I-480 west, instead a Breezewood connection joins the two routes via Lorain Road south to the Ohio Turnpike interchange at Exit 152. 09/30/10

I-480 west at I-80/Ohio Tpk - North Ridgeville

Exit 1 is the wye interchange where SR 10 separates south to U.S. 20 and I-480 converges with the Ohio Turnpike westbound. 09/30/10

I-480 west at I-80/Ohio Tpk - North Ridgeville

Two lanes partition for both SR 10 west to Oberlin and Norwalk and the Ohio Turnpike (I-80) west to Toledo and Chicago, Illinois. 09/30/10

I-80 Ohio Tpk East at I-480

I-80/Ohio Tpk east at I-480 - North Ridgeville

Two miles from Exit 151 and Interstate 480 on the Ohio Turnpike east in the city of North Ridgeville. Photo by Steve Hanudel (07/04/06).

I-80/Ohio Tpk east at I-480 - North Ridgeville

Exit 151 constitutes a wye interchange with I-480 (Outerbelt South Freeway) east to North Olmstead, Fairview Park and Cleveland. The Ohio Turnpike was expanded from four to six lanes along this stretch through the late 1990s and 2000s. Photo by Steve Hanudel (07/04/06).

I-80/Ohio Tpk east at I-480 - North Ridgeville

Interstate 480 branches northeast from I-80 toward Cleveland International Airport (CLE) a half mile beyond the SR 83 (Avon Belden Road) overpass. Photo by Steve Hanudel (07/04/06).

I-80/Ohio Tpk east at I-480 - North Ridgeville

Continuing beyond I-480, Interstate 80 bypasses most of the Cleveland metropolitan area to the south and crosses Cuyahoga Valley National Park en route to Youngstown. Photo by Steve Hanudel (07/04/06).

Sources:

  1. I-480 W.B. over CUYAHOGA RIVER-OHIO CANA, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. BridgeReports.com
  2. Route 480 – The Unofficial Ohio State Highways Web Site (John Simpson). http://pages.prodigy.net/john.simpson/highways/480.html

Page updated June 14, 2022.