U.S. Route 6 in Ohio

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U.S. Route 6 marker

U.S. Route 6
Grand Army of the Republic Highway[1]
Route of US 6 in Ohio highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length248.002 mi[2] (399.121 km)
Existed1931–present
Major junctions
West end US 6 at the Indiana state line
 
East end US 6 at the Pennsylvania state line
Location
CountiesWilliams, Henry, Wood, Sandusky, Erie, Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula
Highway system
SR 5SR 6

U.S. Route 6 (US 6) is a part of the United States Numbered Highway System that runs from Bishop, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts. US 6 is the second longest federal highway in the United States, second only to U.S. Route 20.[1] In Ohio, the road runs west-east from the Indiana state line near Edgerton to the Pennsylvania state line near Andover. The 248.002 miles (399.121 km) that lie in Ohio are maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). US 6 serves the major cities of Sandusky, Lorain, and Cleveland. The highway is also called the Grand Army of the Republic Highway to honor the Union forces of the American Civil War.[1] The alternate name was designated in 1953.

US 6 originally ran from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania. It was extended through Ohio to Colorado in June 1931. The route of US 6 has remained largely unchanged since 1931.[1]

Route description[edit]

US 6 traverses the far northern portion of Ohio, passing through 10 counties. The highway travels through largely farm and field country until it reaches Sandusky. After Sandusky, US 6 travels along the coast of Lake Erie until Cleveland. From Cleveland to the Pennsylvania state line, Route 6 passes through mostly wooded land.

Western Ohio[edit]

US 6 crosses into Williams County, Ohio, at the Indiana state line between Butler, Indiana, and Edgerton, Ohio. The highway goes east from the border, passing through the small town of Edgerton, where it has a brief concurrency with Ohio State Route 49. Continuing east through farm country, US 6 passes through Ridgeville Corners, until reaching Napoleon in Henry County, where it intersects US 24, starting a 4.6-mile long concurrency.[3] East of Napoleon, US 6 passes through McClure. 15 miles east of McClure, Route 6 passes south of the college town of Bowling Green, intersecting with Interstate 75. Along this 15-mile stretch, the road crosses into Wood County. Just east of Bowling Green, US 6 has a 1-mile long overlap with Ohio State Route 199.

US 6 continues through rural country until it passes just north of Bradner. Here, the highway intersects U.S. Route 23 at the Wood-Sandusky county line. In Sandusky County, US 6 passes through the small towns of Rollersville and Helena before reaching the city of Fremont. In Fremont, US 6 overlaps with Ohio State Route 53 for 4.1 miles, US 20 for 3.9 miles, and Ohio State Route 19 for 2.6 miles.[4] Route 6 skirts the northern city limits of Fremont before turning northeast just east of Fremont. 3 miles from Fremont, US 6 crosses under I-80/I-90, but there is not an interchange between the highways. 11 miles northeast of the interstate, US 6 crosses into Erie County.

Charles Berry Bridge over the Black River in Lorain

Just into Erie County, US 6 overlaps Ohio State Route 269 for 0.6 miles, then intersects Ohio State Route 2 1.8 miles east of the SR 269 concurrency.[4] Just east of this intersection, US 6 enters the city of Sandusky. US 6 passes through a largely residential part of Sandusky. Locally, the highway is also known as Tiffin Avenue, West Washington Street, Warren Street, and Cleveland Road West. Cedar Point is accessed from US 6.[5] Southeast of Sandusky, US 6 passes the Griffing Sandusky Airport near Fairview Lanes. As US 6 continues east through Erie County, it passes through the city of Huron, the communities of Mitiwanga and Beulah Beach, and the city of Vermilion before crossing into Lorain County. East of Vermilion, in Lorain County, US 6 enters the city of Lorain, the last major city before the highway reaches Cleveland. In Lorain, Route 6 stays close to the Lake Erie shoreline and crosses the Black River on the Charles Berry Bridge, the second-largest bascule bridge in the world.[6] East of Lorain, US 6 passes through Sheffield Lake and Avon Lake before crossing into Cuyahoga County.

Cleveland[edit]

After passing through Bay Village, US 6 enters the suburbs of Cleveland. In Rocky River, US 6 starts concurrencies with Ohio State Route 2 and U.S. Route 20. Also, an alternate route of US 6 starts in Rocky River and winds along Detroit Avenue for 7.3 miles to its eastern terminus just west of the Cuyahoga River in the Ohio City neighborhood.[7]

US 6 enters the city of Cleveland during its overlap with SR 2 and US 20. US 6, along with US 20, splits from SR 2 just before it crosses the Cuyahoga River on the Main Avenue Bridge. Route 6 meets up with Ohio State Route 3 and U.S. Route 42 at West 25th Street, and the four highways (US 6, US 20, US 42, SR 3) cross the Cuyahoga River on the Veterans Memorial Bridge. At the east end of the bridge, US 6 passes through Public Square. Here, the concurrencies with US 20, US 42, and SR 3 end. U.S. Route 322 also starts a concurrency with US 6 in Public Square that ends 0.5 mi east of the plaza

East of Public Square, US 6 has an interchange with Interstate 90. 4.5 miles east of this intersection, US 6 starts another concurrency with US 20 in East Cleveland that lasts for 4.2 miles.[7] After splitting from US 20, US 6 runs concurrent with Ohio State Route 84 for 2.1 miles before entering Lake County.

Eastern Ohio[edit]

The 10.23 miles that lie within Lake County pass through many small residential developments in Willoughby Hills and Kirtland before crossing into Geauga County. In Geauga County, US 6 passes through the city of Chardon, where it has a brief overlap with Ohio State Route 44. In Chardon, US 6 turns northeast to serve Hambden Township and Montville Township before crossing into Ashtabula County.

In Ashtabula County, US 6 travels straight east through the townships of Hartsgrove, Rome, New Lyme, and Cherry Valley, as well as the village of Andover before turning north with Ohio State Route 7. 7.5 miles north of Andover, US 6 breaks its concurrency with SR 7, turns east, and enters Pennsylvania in Crawford County, just north of the Pymatuning Reservoir.

History[edit]

US 6 was one of the original routes created when the United States Numbered Highway System was formed. Originally, US 6 was only routed from Provincetown, Massachusetts to Brewster, New York.[8] Soon after, it was routed to Pennsylvania and was alternatively named the Roosevelt Highway. The route was not extended into Ohio until 1931, when the highway was expanded to Greeley, Colorado. The Ohio routing established in 1931 has not been changed since then.[1]

By the 1930s, the Roosevelt Highway name had started to fade. Major William Anderson, Jr. took notice of this and proposed the idea of redesignating the highway to honor Union forces during the Civil War. Veteran associations started promoting the idea in 1934. Because each state along the highway owned its portion of US 6, each state had to act on the proposal. Each state had approved the renaming by 1953, and it was in that year that US 6 was designated as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway along its entire length. The name is signed in all 14 states that US 6 passes through.[1][9]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[10]kmExitDestinationsNotes
WilliamsSt. Joseph Township0.000.00 US 6 west – Butler, Kendallville, ChicagoIndiana state line
Edgerton2.984.80 SR 49 (Michigan Avenue)Western end of SR 49 concurrency
3.034.88 SR 49 (Michigan Avenue) to Ohio TurnpikeEastern end of SR 49 concurrency
Center Township10.2116.43 SR 576 – Montpelier, Williams Center
10.9817.67 SR 2 west / CR 12/C – Williams Center, HicksvilleWestern end of SR 2 concurrency
Pulaski Township13.4121.58 US 127 / SR 2 east / SR 15 – Bryan, SherwoodEastern end of SR 2 concurrency
Springfield Township20.8933.62 SR 191 north / CR 22/A – Stryker, West Unity, EvansportSouthern terminus of SR 191
23.2537.42 SR 66 south / CR 24 – DefianceWestern end of SR 66 concurrency
HenryRidgeville Township26.1342.05 SR 66 north / CR 23 – Archbold, Sauder VillageEastern end of SR 66 concurrency
27.9044.90 SR 34 west – BryanEastern terminus of SR 34
Napoleon Township35.1956.63 US 24 west / Woodlawn Avenue – Defiance, Fort Wayne, NapoleonWestern end of US 24 concurrency; partial cloverleaf interchange; western end of freeway; US 6 west follows exit 39 (formerly exit 36)
Napoleon36.7259.1040
SR 108 / US 6 Bus. east – Wauseon, Napoleon
38.1961.4641Industrial Drive (CR 503)
Liberty Township39.7263.92Township Road 11no access across US 6
40.2064.70 US 24 east – Maumee, ToledoEastern end of US 24 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; US 6 east follows exit 43; formerly exit 40A
40.6265.3744ACR 424 – NapoleonNo westbound entrance; former SR 424; formerly exit 40B
Harrison Township41.0266.0244B SR 110 to US 24 east – Grand Rapids, NapoleonEastern end of freeway; formerly exit 41
43.6370.22County Road O (US 6 Bus. west) – Henry County Airport
44.1771.08 SR 109 – Liberty Center, Malinta
McClure49.2179.20 SR 65
WoodWeston Township57.2992.20 SR 235 – Weston, Hoytville, McComb
Center Township64.929104.49365 SR 25 – Bowling Green, PortageDiamond interchange
66.40106.8666A-B I-75 – Toledo, DaytonDiamond interchange; signed as exits 66A (south) and 66B (north); I-75 exit 179
Freedom Township72.27116.31 SR 199 north – PerrysburgWestern end of SR 199 concurrency
73.24117.87 SR 199 south – FostoriaEastern end of SR 199 concurrency
76.68123.40 SR 281 west – Bradner, WayneEastern terminus of SR 281
WoodSandusky
county line
FreedomScott
township line
77.69125.03 US 23 – Rising Sun, Fostoria
SanduskyMadison Township82.71133.11 SR 300 north – GibsonburgSouthern terminus of SR 300
Washington Township85.21137.13 SR 635 southNorthern terminus of SR 635
Jackson Township87.74141.20 SR 590 – Lindsey, Bettsville
Ballville Township90.68145.94 SR 53 south – TiffinWestern end of SR 53 concurrency
Sandusky Township92.47148.8298 US 20 west – Fremont, ToledoWestern end of US 20 concurrency; western end of freeway; formerly exit 92; no westbound exit into Fremont; exit 98 is signed eastbound only (US 6 west follows exit 98)
Fremont93.82150.99100 SR 19 north – Oak HarborWestern end of SR 19 concurrency; formerly exit 94
94.75152.49101 SR 53 north – Port Clinton, Lake Erie IslandsEastern end of SR 53 concurrency; formerly exit 95
96.50155.30 US 20 east / SR 19 south – NorwalkEastern end of US 20/SR 19 concurrences; eastern end of freeway; US 6 east follows exit 102
Riley Township103.38166.37 SR 510 south – ClydeNorthern terminus of SR 510
ErieMargaretta Township111.52179.47 SR 269 south – Bellevue, CastaliaWestern end of SR 269 concurrency
112.15180.49 SR 269 north – BayviewEastern end of SR 269 concurrency
Sandusky113.93183.35 SR 2 to US 250 – Toledo, Cleveland, Cedar Pointinterchange
115.90186.52 SR 101 west – Castaliawest end of SR 101 overlap
116.55187.57 To Ohio Turnpike / SR 4 / Sanford Streetformer SR 387 east
118.20190.22 SR 4 (Columbus Avenue)Northern terminus of SR 4; east end of SR 101 overlap
119.19191.82 US 250 east (Sycamore Line) to SR 2 / Ohio TurnpikeNorthern terminus of US 250
119.72192.67 To Ohio Turnpike / US 250 / SR 2 / Butler Street
120.14193.35Cedar Point Drive - Cedar Point
Huron125.65202.21 SR 2 west to Ohio Turnpike / US 250 / Rye Beach Road – ToledoWestern end of SR 2 concurrency; western end of freeway
126.70203.90 SR 2 east – ClevelandEastern end of SR 2 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastern end of freeway
127.74205.58 SR 13 south (Main Street) to Ohio TurnpikeNorthern terminus of SR 13
Berlin Township131.34211.37 SR 61 south to SR 2 – Berlin Heights, NorwalkNorthern terminus of SR 61
Vermilion138.75223.30 SR 60 south (Main Street)Northern terminus of SR 60
LorainLorain146.51235.78 SR 611 east (West 21st Street)Western terminus of SR 611; interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
147.85237.94 SR 58 south (Leavitt Road)Northern terminus of SR 58
149.29240.26 SR 57 south (Broadway Avenue)Northern terminus of SR 57
Sheffield Lake155.05249.53 SR 301 south (Abbe Road)Northern terminus of SR 301
Avon Lake158.19254.58 SR 83 south (Avon Belden Road)Northern terminus of SR 83
CuyahogaBay Village164.74265.12 SR 252 south (Columbia Road)Northern terminus of SR 252
Rocky River168.07270.48 SR 2 west / SR 254 (Detroit Road)Western end of SR 2 overlap; interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
168.27270.80
US 6 Alt. (West Lake Road) / Detroit Road – truck route
Western terminus of US 6 Alt.; interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Lakewood169.06272.08 US 20 west / SR 237 south (West Clifton Boulevard)Northern terminus of SR 237; Western end of US 20 concurrency
Cleveland173.1278.6Lake Avenue / West Boulevardinterchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance; west end of freeway
173.89279.85West 73rd Streetformer exit 192
174.62281.02West 45th Street / West 49th Streetformer exit 193A
175.26282.05 SR 2 eastEastern end of SR 2 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastern end of freeway; US 6 east follows exit 193B
175.38282.25
US 6 Alt. west (Detroit Avenue) / US 42 south / SR 3 south (West 25th Street)
Eastern terminus of US 6 Alt.; western terminus of US 42 / SR 3 concurrency
175.45282.36Detroit-Superior Bridge over the Cuyahoga River
176.30283.73Ontario Street (US 422 east / SR 8 south / SR 14 east / SR 43 south / SR 87 east) / Euclid Avenue (US 20 east)traffic circle (Public Square); eastern terminus of US 20 / US 42 / SR 3 concurrency; western terminus of US 322 concurrency; eastern terminus of US 42; western terminus of US 322 / US 422 / SR 14 / SR 87; northern terminus of SR 3 / SR 8 / SR 43
176.85284.61 US 322 east (East 13th Street)Eastern end of US 322 concurrency
177.61285.84 I-90 to I-71 / I-77 / SR 2I-90 exit 173C
178.81287.77 SR 283 east (East 55th Street)west terminus of SR 283
East Cleveland182.07293.01 US 20 west (Euclid Avenue)Western end of US 20 concurrency
Euclid186.29299.80 US 20 east (Euclid Avenue)Eastern end of US 20 concurrency; west end of SR 84 overlap
Richmond Heights188.50303.36 SR 175 (Richmond Road)
LakeWilloughby Hills189.57305.08 SR 84 east (Bishop Road) to I-90Eastern end of SR 84 concurrency
191.74308.58 SR 91 (Som Center Road) to I-90
192.90310.44 SR 174 (River Road)
Kirtland196.54316.30 SR 306 (Chillicothe Road)
GeaugaChardon204.43329.00 SR 44 south (South Street) / South Hambden StreetWestern end of SR 44 concurrency
204.63329.32 SR 44 north (Center Street)Eastern end of SR 44 concurrency
Hambden Township207.98334.71 SR 608
208.23335.11 SR 166 east (Rock Creek Road)Western terminus of SR 166
Montville Township212.62342.18 SR 86 (Plank Road)
213.04342.85 SR 528 – Madison, Middlefield
AshtabulaHartsgrove Township218.09350.98 SR 534 – Geneva, Newton Fallstraffic circle
Rome Township222.67358.35 SR 45 – Rock Creek, Warren
New Lyme Township227.06365.42 SR 46 – Jefferson, Cortland
230.52370.99 SR 11 – Ashtabula, Youngstowninterchange
Cherry Valley Township232.97374.93 SR 193 – North Kingsville
Andover237.94382.93 SR 7 south / SR 85 eastWestern end of SR 7 concurrency; traffic circle
Pierpont Township245.45395.01 SR 7 north – ConneautEastern end of SR 7 concurrency
248.10399.28 US 6 east – Conneaut LakePennsylvania state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Weingroff, Richard (April 7, 2011). "U.S. 6: The Grand Army of the Republic Highway". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  2. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation Division of Planning Office of Technical Services. "State System Basic Road Inventory". Columbus: Ohio Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation Division of Planning Office of Technical Services (July 27, 2011). "Roadway Description Inventory Report: Henry County" (PDF). Columbus: Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Google. "Overview Map of U.S. Route 6 Distances Between Intersections" (Map). Google Maps. Google.
  5. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation Division of Planning Office of Technical Services (July 27, 2011). "Roadway Description Inventory Report: Erie County" (PDF). Columbus: Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  6. ^ Payerchin, Richard (January 26, 2012). "Charles Berry Bascule Bridge Repair Work to Begin Next Month". The Morning Journal. Lorain, OH. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Ohio Department of Transportation Division of Planning Office of Technical Services (July 27, 2011). "Roadway Description Inventory Report: Cuyahoga County" (PDF). Columbus: Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  8. ^ U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. "U.S. Route 6 History". U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  9. ^ Heritage Documentaries. "Our Story of Route 6". Heritage Documentaries. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  10. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation Division of Planning Office of Technical Services. "Technical Services DESTAPE (By County)". Columbus: Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 3, 2012.

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