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State Route 309 (SR 309) is an east–west highway in central Ohio. Its western terminus is at its interchange with U.S. Route 30 (US 30) near Delphos, and its eastern terminus is at its interchange with US 30 in Mansfield. Its current route takes it through the cities of Lima, Kenton, Marion, Galion, and Ontario; as well as the villages of Elida and Caledonia.

State Route 309 marker

State Route 309
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length103.579 mi[1][2] (166.694 km)
Existed1973–present
Major junctions
West end US 30 near Delphos
 
East end US 30 in Mansfield
Location
CountiesAllen, Hardin, Marion, Morrow, Crawford, Richland
Highway system
SR 308SR 310
SR 30US 30SSR 31

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Route descriptionEdit

Within the city of Lima, SR 309 is officially designated along SR 81 (North Street) from Jameson Avenue to Union Street, south along Union Street (concurrent with SR 65, and east along Elm Street (SR 117).[1][2] The eastbound direction of SR 309 is signed south along Jameson Street to SR 117, then east along it while the westbound direction is signed along Central Avenue and Front Street.[3][4]

HistoryEdit

SR 309's current route was the route of U.S. Route 30S, a divided U.S. route of US 30 until November 1973 when what was US 30N became the mainline of US 30.[5][6] US 30S was so numbered in the 1920s to avoid conflict from local business owners worried about the diversion of traffic from their shops along the southern route.[7]

The only significant change of the route since this certification is its western terminus, which originally was with U.S. 30 in Delphos. When U.S. 30's bypass around Delphos was completed in 1981, Ohio 309's western terminus was made the easternmost interchange of the bypass.

 
Route 309 between Marion and Kenton

Before being used as its current route, the route number 309 was used as the route number of what is now State Route 541. It was replaced with the now defunct State Route 271 in 1935.[8][9][10]

Harding HighwayEdit

 
Ohio 309 was U.S. 30S until 1973.

The Lincoln Highway left the present State Route 309, a better-quality road at the time, in favor of the direct Delphos-Mansfield route now generally followed by US 30. Only two weeks after the official route was announced in September 1913, it had already been redefined to a straighter path between Lima and Galion; the rest of the straightening came later. The towns along the route got together and formed the Harding Highway, named after President Warren G. Harding, who had grown up in the area.

This Harding Highway continued east via the Lincoln Highway to Canton, turning southeast from there to Steubenville via State Route 43. To the west, it was marked along the Lincoln Highway to Van Wert, heading west along the present U.S. Route 224, roughly State Road 114, State Road 10, State Road 8, and State Road 2 through Indiana to the Illinois state line.[11]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocation[2]mi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
AllenMarion Township0.000–
0.546
0.000–
0.879
  US 30 west – Van Wert, Fort WayneInterchange; eastbound US 30 exit / westbound US 30 entrance only; western terminus of SR 309
Lima11.79818.987  SR 81 (West North Street)Western terminus of SR 81 concurrency (westbound only); western end of SR 309 one-way pair
12.16719.581  SR 117 west (West Elm Street) / South Jameson AvenueWestern end of SR 117 concurrency (eastbound only)
13.04420.992  SR 65 south (South West Street)Western end of southbound SR 65 concurrency (eastbound only)
13.33921.467  SR 65 north (South Central Avenue)Western end of SR 65 northbound concurrency; eastern end of SR 309 one-way pair
13.55721.818  SR 65 south (South Pine Street)Eastern end of SR 65 concurrency
14.916–
15.023
24.005–
24.177
  I-75 – Dayton, ToledoExit 125 (I-75)
BathPerry
township line
15.20924.477   SR 117 east / Willard Avenue – Bellefontaine, AirportEastern end of SR 117 concurrency
HardinLibertyMarion
township line
27.20543.782  SR 235 south / Klinger Road – AlgerEastern end of SR 235 concurrency
28.20945.398   SR 235 north / CR 45 – Ada, Ohio Northern UniversityWestern end of SR 235 concurrency
Marion Township29.56047.572  SR 701 eastWestern terminus SR 701
30.33448.818   SR 195 south / CR 65 – McGuffeyNorthern terminus of SR 195
Kenton41.16566.249   US 68 / SR 67 (Detroit Street) – Bellefontaine, Findlay
41.23266.356   SR 31 / SR 53 (Main Street)
MarionGrandMontgomery
township line
53.19185.603  SR 37 – La Rue, Richwood
Big Island Township62.521100.618  SR 203 south / Prospect Upper Sandusky Road N – ProspectNorthern terminus of SR 203
Marion66.941107.731  SR 95 west (West Center Street / Kenton Avenue)Western end of SR 95 concurrency
68.088109.577    SR 4 south / SR 423 south / SR 739 south (South Prospect Street)SR 4 / SR 423 / SR 739 on a one-way pair; northern terminus of SR 739 (at Center Street)
68.248109.835    SR 4 north / SR 423 north / SR 739 north (South State Street)SR 4 / SR 423 / SR 739 on a one-way pair; northern terminus of SR 739 (at Center Street)
68.395110.071   SR 95 east (Mouth Vernon Avenue) to US 23 / South Vine Street – Harding HomeEastern end of SR 95 concurrency
Marion Township70.672–
70.788
113.736–
113.922
  US 23 – Delaware, Upper SanduskyInterchange
Claridon Township73.915118.955  SR 98 / Marion Williamsport Road – Bucyrus, Waldo
77.453124.649  SR 746 south (Whetstone River Road) / South Water StreetNorthern terminus of SR 746
Morrow
No major junctions
MarionTully Township83.674134.660  SR 100 north (Ibera-Bucyrus Road) – BucyrusSouthern terminus of SR 100
MorrowWashington Township85.911138.260  SR 288 east – Mt. Gilead, LexingtonWestern terminus of SR 288
86.163138.666  SR 61 south – Mt. GileadSouthern end of SR 61 concurrency
CrawfordGalion89.860144.616   SR 19 west (Harding Way) / SR 598 north (Portland Way)Western end of SR 19 concurrency; southern terminus of SR 598
91.130146.660   SR 19 east / SR 97 east (Harding Way) / South East StreetEastern end of SR 19 concurrency; western terminus of SR 97
93.229150.038   SR 61 north to US 30 – CrestlineNorthern end of SR 61 concurrency
RichlandSpringfield Township97.180156.396  SR 181 west – CrestlineEastern terminus of SR 181
Ontario98.186158.015  SR 314 – Chesterville, Shelby
100.571–
100.821
161.853–
162.256
  SR 430 eastWestern terminus of SR 430
102.104–
102.660
164.320–
165.215
West Fourth StreetInterchange
Mansfield103.579166.694  US 30 east – Mansfield, WoosterEastern terminus of SR 309; eastbound US 30 entrance / westbound US 30 exit only
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Data Download - ODOT TIMS (Road Inventory shapefile)". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "DESTAPE". Ohio Department of Transportation. August 30, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Google (April 14, 2019). "Ohio State Route 309" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Google (April 14, 2019). "Westbound SR 309 in Lima" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Renaming Of Rt. 30s Draws No Opposition". The Lima News. October 12, 1973. p. 13. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  6. ^ Butko, Brian (2013) [2005]. Greetings from the Lincoln Highway. Stackpole Books. p. 84. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  7. ^ Associated Press (September 20, 1973). "Eye U.S. 30 Location". The Times Bulletin. p. 1. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  8. ^ Map of Ohio Showing State Highway System (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by O.W. Merrell, Director. Ohio Department of Highways. 1932. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  9. ^ Map of Ohio Showing State Highway System (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by O.W. Merrell, Director. ODOH. 1934. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  10. ^ Official 1935 Ohio Highway Map (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by John Jaster, Jr., Director. ODOH. 1935. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  11. ^ Rand McNally Auto Road Atlas, 1926, accessed via the Broer Map Library

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