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Ohio State Route 703

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State Route 703 marker

State Route 703
SR 703 in Mercer and Auglaize counties
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length14.92 mi[1][2] (24.01 km)
Existed1937–present
Major junctions
West end SR 219 in Montezuma
  US 127 in Celina
SR 29 in Celina
East end SR 29 / SR 66 / SR 116 in St. Marys
Location
CountiesMercer, Auglaize
Highway system
SR 702SR 704

State Route 703 (SR 703) is a state highway in western Ohio. Its western terminus is in Montezuma at SR 219, and its eastern terminus is in St. Mary's at an intersection with SR 29, SR 66, and the southern terminus of SR 116 in St. Mary's. The route is mainly an east–west highway along the shores of Grand Lake St. Marys, although the section between Celina and Montezuma travels in a more north-south fashion.

In 1937, the route was designated from SR 219 to US 127, and it was fully paved by 1940. SR 703 was extended to the northern side of the Grand Lake in 1973, replacing an old alignment of SR 29.

Route description[edit]

SR 703 travels through eastern Mercer County and the westernmost portion of Auglaize County.[1][2] No portion of this highway is included within the National Highway System (NHS),[3] a network of routes deemed to be most important for the economy, mobility and defense of the nation.[4] The busiest point in the route according to 2016 data was east of Lake Shore Drive in Celina, where the annual average daily traffic (AADT) was 16,775 vehicles. The least busy point was southeast of It's It Road, where the AADT was 1,826 vehicles.[5]

The route starts at the intersection of SR 219 and South Canal Street in the village of Montezuma, and it travels north on North Canal Street. SR 703 turns northwest at a boat ramp to Wayne Street, and travels through a small area of farmland before intersecting US 127 at a Y-intersection. The concurrency, also known as South Main Street, continues along the western banks of Grand Lake St. Marys, passing by a lighthouse as it enters the town of Celina.[6][7] The road then crosses a R.J. Corman railroad and intersects SR 29 at Logan Street, which also becomes concurrent with US 127 and SR 703 briefly. At Market Street, SR 703 and SR 29 begin traveling eastward, while US 127 continues northward and SR 197 begins its concurrency with US 127.[1][7]

East Market Street crosses over a railroad as it leaves Celina. At Grand Lake Road, SR 703 turns south to continue as East Market Street, and SR 29 continues eastward to a divided highway. SR 703 then travels along the northern banks of the lake, with farmland north of the road. The road intersects multiple driveways and places, including the Wright State University Lake Campus and the Grand Lake St. Marys Lighthouse.[6][7] Near Mercer–Auglaize County Line Road, the highway enters Auglaize County as Celina Road.[2][7] The route intersects SR 364 at Koenig Road, which becomes concurrent with SR 703.[2][8] The concurrency crosses a railroad,[2] and SR 364 continues southward at East Bank Road.[7] SR 703 enters St. Marys as Jackson Street,[8] and travels toward the center of the city.[7] The route turns southwards at North Wayne Street, then eastward at West Spring Street.[8][7] At Main Street and Spring Street, SR 703 and SR 116 reach their termini at SR 29 and SR 66.[2][8] SR 66 continues as South Main Street after this intersection, and SR 29 continues as East Spring Street.[8][7]

History[edit]

Around 1937, SR 703 was designated in Mercer County, from US 127 west of Montezuma to SR 219 near the Mercer–Auglaize county line. The road east of Montezuma was paved in gravel, and the section west of it was paved in asphalt.[9][10] All of the route was paved in asphalt by 1940.[11][12] A section near the western bank of the Grand Lake was added in 1953, both connecting to US 127.[13][14] By 1972, SR 219 was rerouted northward, replacing SR 703 past Montezuma. Meanwhile, the section of SR 29 between Celina and St. Marys was moved to a newly built divided highway, and the SR 703 designation was added to the old alignment of SR 29.[15][16] Six years later, SR 703 was rerouted onto US 127, and the old routing near the lake was removed.[17][18]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1][2]kmDestinationsNotes
MercerMontezuma0.0000.000 SR 219 (Main Street)Western terminus
Butler Township1.4482.330 US 127Western terminus of US 127 concurrency
Celina4.8167.751 SR 29 (West Logan Street)Western terminus of SR 29 concurrency
5.0448.118 US 127 / SR 29 (East Market Street) / SR 29D (West Market Street) / SR 197Eastern terminus of US 127 concurrency
6.0679.764 SR 29 (East Market Street)Eastern terminus of SR 29 concurrency
AuglaizeSaint Marys Township11.82019.022 SR 364Western terminus of SR 364 concurrency
13.40021.565 SR 364Eastern terminus of SR 364 concurrency
St. Marys14.92024.011 SR 29 / SR 66 / SR 116 (North Main Street)Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services DESTAPE - Mercer County" (PDF). Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services DESTAPE - Auglaize County" (PDF). Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  3. ^ National Highway System: Ohio (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. March 25, 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike; Adderly, Kevin (September 26, 2012). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  5. ^ Staff. "Transportation Data Management System". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams – Mercer County" (PDF). Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Google (April 7, 2017). "Ohio State Route 703" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams – Auglaize County" (PDF). Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  9. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1936). Official Highway Map of Ohio (PDF) (Map). 1:760,320. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  10. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1937). Official Highway Map of Ohio (PDF) (Map). 1:760,320. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 16960304. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  11. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1939). Ohio Highway Map (PDF) (Map). 1:633,600. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 7408341. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  12. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1940). Ohio Highway Map (PDF) (Map). 1:633,600. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 54667346. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  13. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1951). Ohio Highway Map (PDF) (Map). 1:633,600. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 13655762. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  14. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1953). Ohio Highway Map (PDF) (Map). 1:633,600. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 7448735. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  15. ^ Ohio Department of Highways (1972). Ohio Highway Map (PDF) (Map). 1:554,400. Columbus: Ohio Department of Highways. OCLC 5673562, 13716527. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  16. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation (1973). Ohio Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). 1:554,400. Columbus: Ohio Department of Transportation. OCLC 5673562. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  17. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation (1978). Ohio Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). 1:554,400. Columbus: Ohio Department of Transportation. OCLC 5673562, 13655727. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  18. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation (1979). Ohio Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). 1:554,400. Columbus: Ohio Department of Transportation. OCLC 5673562, 7302607. Retrieved April 7, 2017.

External links[edit]

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