According to Act-test-centers, Interstate 80 or I -80 is an Interstate Highway in the north of the US state of Ohio. The highway connects Indiana with the cities of Toledo, Cleveland, and Youngstown, continuing into Pennsylvania. Most of it is part of the Ohio Turnpike, a toll highway, and the road is double-numbered with Interstate 90 for a considerable distance, roughly between the Indiana and Cleveland border. The route in Ohio is 382 kilometers long. The Ohio Turnpike is also known as the James W. Shocknessy Turnpike, named after the chairman of the Ohio Turnpike Commission in 1949.
I-80/90 near Sandusky.
The Ohio Turnpike & I-80/90.
I-80 crosses the Cuyahoga Valley south of Cleveland.
Western Ohio & Toledo
Interstate 80 in Indiana comes from the Chicago area and forms the Ohio Turnpike in western Ohio, a toll road through the north of the state. I-80 is double numbered here with Interstate 90. The highway has 2×2 lanes here and leads through flat countryside with little forest. Here, US 20 runs parallel to I-80/90. It then follows a 90-mile stretch to the city of Toledo, the largest city in northwestern Ohio. Although I-80/90 passes through the urban area of Toledo, it barely opens it, there is only one exit to Maumee and the interchange with Interstate 475is missing. One does cross the Maumee River here. From Maumee, I-80/90 also has 2×3 lanes. On the east side of Perrysburg it follows an interchange with Interstate 75. Then you leave the urban area of Toledo.
Then follows a 130-kilometer stretch across the countryside to the Cleveland area. I-80/90 has continuous 2×3 lanes here and runs just south of Lake Erie. East of the Toledo region, there is another interchange with Interstate 280. It also passes at a somewhat greater distance from the small towns of Fremont and Sandusky. State Route 2 runs parallel to the Ohio Turnpike as a toll-free highway.
Eastern Ohio & Cleveland
Amherst is Cleveland ‘s first suburb along the Ohio Turnpike. Interstate 90 branches off at the suburb of Elyria, which runs right through Cleveland. I-80 continues east, through the south of the Cleveland area. I-80 follows the Ohio Turnpike here and is also a toll road along Cleveland, which has 2×3 lanes continuously. The southern side of the Cleveland area crosses several highways, including Interstate 71, Interstate 77 and Interstate 271, although no interchange is possible with the latter. Via a valley viaduct one crosses the valley of the Cuyahoga River. At Streetsboro, the Interstate 480. follows, before leaving the urbanized area around Cleveland.
This is followed by a more than 50 kilometers long route over the countryside, which has more afforestation here, but remains fairly flat. The Ohio Turnpike also has 2×3 lanes here. Just before the town of Youngstown, I-80 exits from the Ohio Turnpike at the interchange with Interstate 76. I-80 then forms the northern bypass of the industrial town of Youngstown and has 2×3 lanes here as well. In Youngstown one crosses Interstate 680. East of Youngstown, I-80 has 2×2 lanes, but soon after the border with the state of Pennsylvania follows . Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania then continues to New York City.
According to liuxers, I-80’s predecessor was US 20 west of Cleveland and US 422 between Cleveland and Youngstown. In the Cleveland area, the Ohio Turnpike has been constructed outside the existing US Highway corridors, well south of the city.
The Ohio Turnpike was constructed between 1949 and 1955, and the highway was completed before the major Interstate Highway system began. Construction of the 388-mile Ohio Turnpike cost $326 million at the time. It was the largest construction project in Ohio state history, employing more than 10,000 employees.
The first section was opened on December 1, 1954, a 35-kilometer stretch near Youngstown and Warren. On October 1, 1955, the rest of the route to Indiana was opened. The part along the north side of Youngstown took a little longer. In 1967, a short stretch on the Pennsylvania border opened. The largest part was opened around 1970-1971.
In the Cleveland area, I-80 originally ran separately from the Ohio Turnpike, over what is today Interstate 480. This was also numbered as I-80N for some time, as there were plans in the 1950’s for a second east-west freeway south of the Ohio Turnpike to be numbered I-80. This planned route went further south along Medina, but was never built.
In 1998, a switch was made from a numerical exit designation to an exit designation based on the mileage values. The numerical system was completely replaced in September 2002.
Widening Toledo – Youngstown
In 1995 the complete widening of the Ohio Turnpike between Toledo and Youngstown was started. At the time, the widening was planned to be completed in 5 years, until 2000. At the time, the cost was estimated at $460 million. This had to be financed by an abrupt increase in tolls, but this plan was very unpopular, after which it was decided to gradually increase the tolls. This meant that the widening could not be completed in 2000. By 1997, 100 miles of the Ohio Turnpike had been widened to 2×3 lanes, and it was estimated that the project could be completed in 2004. The widening was also largely completed in 2004, but the last few sections took much longer than planned. In 2007, the section between I-75 and I-280 at Toledo was widened to 2×3 lanes. Finally, on November 17, 2014, the final 2×3 lane section between Maumee and Perrysburg, on the south side of Toledo, opened. This completed the original plan. Between June 2015 and September 2018, 5 miles of I-80 in Youngstown were widened to 2×3 lanes between I-680 and Belmont Avenue.
|Indiana state line||Exit 219||352 km||01-10-1955|
|Exit 234 Hubbard||Pennsylvania state line||5 km||circa 1967|
|Exit 223 Austintown||Exit 224||2 km||about 1969|
|Exit 219||Exit 223 Austintown||6 km||about 1971|
|Exit 224||Exit 234 Hubbard||16 km||about 1971|
The point where I-76 from Akron merges into I-80 toward New York City.
|Exit 0 Indiana state line||Exit 59 Maumee||2×2||95 km|
|Exit 59 Maumee||Exit 229 Youngstown||2×3||273 km|
|Exit 229 Youngstown||Exit 237 Pennsylvania state line||2×2||13 km|
The highway has a closed toll system, people take a ticket when entering, and have to pay when driving off the highway, based on the distance traveled.
The concessionaire has never made much effort to implement an electronic toll system, because there is hardly any commuter traffic on the Toll Road. In December 2006, the implementation of such a system was started, which was fully operational in 2009.