Interstate 271 (I-271) is an auxiliary interstate highway in the suburbs of Cleveland and Akron in the U.S. state of Ohio. The highway is officially designated the Outerbelt East Freeway, but is rarely referred to by that name by locals, instead simply referring to it as "two-seventy-one."
|Outerbelt East Freeway|
|Auxiliary route of I-71|
|Maintained by ODOT|
|Length||40.22 mi (64.73 km)|
|South end||I-71 in Medina Township|
| I-77 / SR 21 in Richfield|
I-480 / SR 14 in Oakwood
I-480 / US 422 in Bedford Heights
|North end||I-90 in Willoughby Hills|
|Counties||Medina, Summit, Cuyahoga, Lake|
I-271 begins at an interchange with I-71 in Medina Township to I-90 in Willoughby Hills, with an interchange with I-480 (and traveling concurrently with it for a short stretch). The width varies from point to point, but is mostly four to six lanes wide south of I-480 and eight to twelve lanes wide north of I-480; there it is divided into express and local lanes.
The local-express lanes begin at the southern interchange of U.S. Route 422 (US 422) and continue northward slightly beyond the end of I-271. The northbound express lanes allow access to all exits (excluding Chagrin Boulevard, Harvard Road, and State Route 175 (SR 175), a southbound-only exit). The southbound express lanes bypass all exits except for one combined exit for Chagrin Boulevard (west US 422), Harvard Road, Richmond Road (SR 175) and US 422 (east) interchange. The lanes then become the mainline of I-480N which in turn becomes I-480 westbound.
I-271 does not have a direct interchange with I-80/Ohio Turnpike – one of only a few examples of Interstate Highways that cross but do not intersect. The I-271/I-480 section is the only instance of a concurrency of two three-digit Interstate Highways. This is because I-80 was concurrent with I-271 until 1971, when I-80 was routed back on to the turnpike and replaced by I-480.
For many years, the interchange with SR 8 was only partially complete. The northbound exit and southbound entrance ramps connected with both directions of SR 8, but southbound I-271 could only access SR 8 southbound (though later both directions were accessible), and only northbound State Route 8 could access I-271 northbound. To compensate for the missing movements, a half-diamond was built at SR 82. The I-271/SR 8 interchange underwent reconstruction in 2008–2009 that turned it into a complete interchange allowing all movements.
Similarly, travelers going to and from the north on I-271 had to take surface streets to get to and from the west on I-480 in Cuyahoga County. This link is now covered by unsigned I-480N.
I-271 Rebuilding and Widening programEdit
The need for the I-271 widening project between Miles Road and the Summit County line was identified in March 2002. I-271 will be widened from two to three lanes north and southbound between Miles Road and Columbus Road and from three to five lanes north and southbound between Columbus Road and the I-271/I-480 split near the Summit County line. Construction will last two years and includes replacement of the existing pavement, noise walls, lighting and signing. A similar project to widen I-271 from two to three lanes will be constructed in Summit County between the Cuyahoga County line and SR 8 and will improve access to the Ohio Turnpike. That project is scheduled to begin in 2014 and be complete in 2016.
|Medina||Medina Township||0.00||0.00||1||I-71 south – Columbus||No access to I-71 north or from I-71 south; exit 220 on I-71|
|3||SR 94 (Ridge Road) to I-71 north – Wadsworth, North Royalton, Cleveland|
|9.38||15.10||9||Brecksville Road to SR 176 / I-77 south||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|10||I-77 to I-80 / Ohio Turnpike – Cleveland, Akron||Same-directional movements only|
|12||SR 303 (Streetsboro Road) – Richfield, Peninsula|
|18||SR 8 to SR 82 – Macedonia, Northfield, Boston Heights, Akron||Signed as exit 18A (south) and exit 18B (north) southbound; no southbound signage for SR 82|
|19.44||31.29||19||SR 82 (East Aurora Road) – Macedonia, Twinsburg||Northbound exit is via exit 18|
|21||I-480 east / SR 14 east – Youngstown||Southern terminus of I-480 / SR 14 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|23||SR 14 west (Broadway Avenue) / Forbes Road||Northern terminus of SR 14 concurrency|
|26A||I-480 west – Cleveland||Northern terminus of I-480 concurrency; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|26B||Rockside Road – Bedford Heights||Signed as exit 26 southbound|
|27A||US 422 east – Warren||Southern terminus of US 422 concurrency; exit 13B on US 422|
|27B||Miles Road – Bedford Heights, North Randall||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|I-480 west – Toledo||Southbound exit and northbound entrance; access via unsigned I-480N|
|27.6||44.4||—||I-271 north (Express Lanes) to I-90 – Erie Pa.||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; south end of Express Lanes|
|28A||SR 175 (Richmond Road) / Emery Road||Southbound exit and northbound entrance; other movements via exit 27B|
|28B||Harvard Road – Highland Hills, Orange|
|29||US 422 west / SR 87 (Chagrin Boulevard)||Northern terminus of US 422 concurrency|
|31.2||50.2||—||I-271 north (Express Lanes) to I-90||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|31.8||51.2||—||I-271 south (Express Lanes) to I-480||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|32||Cedar Road / Brainard Road|
|Mayfield Heights||33.2||53.4||—||I-271 south (Express Lanes) to I-480||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|34||US 322 (Mayfield Road) – Gates Mills, Mayfield Heights|
|36||Wilson Mills Road|
|Highland Heights–Mayfield line||37.6||60.5||—||I-90 east – Erie, PA||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; exit 190 on I-90|
|37.8||60.8||—||I-271 south (Express Lanes) to I-480||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|40||I-90 to SR 91 – Cleveland, Erie, PA||Exit 188 on I-90|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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- Armon, Rick (2009-07-30). "New Route 8 Ramp Eases Congestion". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
- "I-271 Southbound Ramp to SR-8 southbound is now OPEN". State Route 8 Connection, Ohio Department of Transportation District 4, 2009-09-04.
- "Commuters on I-271 Get Congestion Relief with Widening Project". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- Media related to Interstate 271 at Wikimedia Commons