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.

Interstate 490 marker

Interstate 490
Troy Lee James Highway
I-490 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-90
Maintained by ODOT
Length2.43 mi[2] (3.91 km)
HistoryDesignated in 1973[citation needed]
Completed in 1990[1]
Major junctions
West end I-71 / I-90 in Cleveland
  I-77 in Cleveland
East endEast 55th Street in Cleveland
Highway system
I-480SR 500
SR 289SR 290


The original plans of the Cleveland and other city and federal highway authorities called for the highway – also known as the Clark Freeway[3] and, at various times and in various sections, as Interstate 80N[4] 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.[5] 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.[4] 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.[6][7] The Interstate 490 designation was applied to the Clark Freeway's altered proposed path in 1973,[8] 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.[1] 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 2003, I-490 was dedicated to Troy Lee James, former member of the Ohio House of Representatives.[9]

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.[10]

Incomplete I-490 in Cleveland, looking east from West 14th Street in July 1973.

Exit listEdit

The entire route is in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County.

0.000.00  I-90 west – ToledoWestern terminus; I-90 exit 170C
0.200.321A   I-71 south / SR 176 south – ColumbusWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-71 exit 247B
0.921.481BWest 7th Street / Houston AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.722.772A   SR 14 / SR 43 (Broadway)Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
1.883.03  I-77 – Downtown Cleveland, AkronExit 161 on I-77; proposed western terminus of SR 10 concurrency[11]
2.433.91East 55th StreetAt-grade intersection; proposed to be converted to a grade-separated interchange[11]
  SR 10 east (Opportunity Corridor)Planned extension to University Circle[11]
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Thoma, Pauline (September 12, 1990). "Ceremony gets I-490 on road; Long-awaited bridge opens for business". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 25, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Cuyahoga County Roadway Description Inventory Report - DESTAPE" (PDF). Ohio Department of Transportation. August 30, 2017: 94. Retrieved September 2, 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Cuyahoga County, Ohio (August 1966). "Route Location Studies: Clark Freeway, East 55th Street to Outer Belt East Freeway (Report Number 8)". Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Ohio Department of Highways. "1957-1958 Biennial Report excerpt". Retrieved September 24, 2007.
  5. ^ Example: Map of Ohio Showing State Highway System (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by ODOH. Ohio Department of Highways. 1964. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  6. ^ O'Malley, Michael (September 25, 2006). "Women saved Shaker Lakes from freeways". The Plain Dealer.
  7. ^ Cleveland Heights Historical Society. "Feature Stories: When Bad Ideas Happen to Good Suburbs: The Clark, Lee and Heights Freeways". Retrieved February 26, 2008.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "§5516.05: Troy Lee James highway". Ohio Revised Code. March 19, 2003. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ a b c "Opportunity Corridor Public Hearing" (PDF). City of Cleveland. October 1, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013.

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