Interstate 490 (Ohio)
Interstate 490 (I-490) is a 2.43-mile (3.91 km) Interstate Highway in Cleveland, Ohio. The western terminus is a junction with I-90 and I-71 on Cleveland's west side. After spanning the Cuyahoga River, I-490 reaches its eastern terminus at a junction with East 55th Street, just east of I-77.
|Troy Lee James Highway|
I-490 highlighted in red
|Auxiliary route of I-90|
|Maintained by ODOT|
|Length||2.43 mi (3.91 km)|
|History||Designated in 1973|
Completed in 1990
|West end||I-71 / I-90 in Cleveland|
|I-77 in Cleveland|
|East end||East 55th Street in Cleveland|
The original plans of the Cleveland and other city and federal highway authorities called for the highway – also known as the Clark Freeway and, at various times and in various sections, as Interstate 80N and Interstate 290 – to bisect the east side of the city and the eastern suburbs; the I-290 designation would then have continued north along I-271. I-71 was to have continued along the Innerbelt to Dead Man's Curve, while I-290 was to have used the portion of present I-90 westward to the Parma Freeway near West 65th Street. Freeway revolts in the late 1960s prevented the Clark Freeway east of East 55th Street and the Parma Freeway from being built; specifically, a referendum in Shaker Heights barred the city from allowing the Clark Freeway to pass through the city and its Shaker Lakes. The Interstate 490 designation was applied to the Clark Freeway's altered proposed path in 1973, but this alignment was also not built east of East 55th Street. Ultimately I-90 was realigned to follow the Clark Freeway routing west of I-71 and the Innerbelt, and the middle segment of the Clark Freeway between I-71 and I-77 opened in 1990. The Opportunity Corridor expressway is being constructed to follow the path of the cancelled portion of I-490/Clark Freeway eastward from the end of the completed portion until it veers north toward the University Circle neighborhood.
In April 2011, the ramps between I-77 and I-90 to the west were removed, making I-490 the official route between those highways and between I-77 and I-71.
|0.00||0.00||—||I-90 west – Toledo||Western terminus; I-90 exit 170C|
|0.20||0.32||1A||I-71 south / SR 176 south – Columbus||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-71 exit 247B|
|0.92||1.48||1B||West 7th Street / Houston Avenue||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|1.72||2.77||2A||SR 14 / SR 43 (Broadway)||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|1.88||3.03||—||I-77 – Downtown Cleveland, Akron||Exit 161 on I-77; proposed western terminus of SR 10 concurrency|
|2.43||3.91||—||East 55th Street||At-grade intersection; proposed to be converted to a grade-separated interchange|
|—||SR 10 east (Opportunity Corridor)||Planned extension to University Circle|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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- U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee (November 10, 1973). "U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. p. 1. Retrieved August 4, 2014 – via Wikimedia Commons.
- "§5516.05: Troy Lee James highway". Ohio Revised Code. March 19, 2003. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- "Two Interstate 77/90 Ramps to Close Permanently as Part of Innerbelt Work" (press release). Ohio Department of Transportation District 12, April 5, 2011. Retrieved on 2011-07-19.
- "Opportunity Corridor Public Hearing" (PDF). City of Cleveland. October 1, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
- Breckenridge, Tom (September 18, 2010). "Homes, businesses in Cleveland neighborhoods would be leveled to make way for Opportunity Corridor". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 22, 2010.