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State Route 47 (SR 47) is a state highway running from the Indiana border at Union City to Waldo, about ten miles (16 km) south of Marion. In Bellefontaine, State Route 47 follows the path of different streets (even though neither are one-way) from Main Street and Sandusky Avenue to the intersection just north of Mary Rutan Hospital, about one-half mile north of the Main-Sandusky intersection. The westbound portion of State Route 47 goes down Main, while the eastbound portion goes north on Madriver Street during this stretch. Nobody really knows why the route was designated this way when none of the streets involved are one-way. It was State Route 68 until 1933, when U.S. Route 68 was commissioned. Since both roads run through a common county in Ohio (Logan), and also since there is a rule that there can be no Ohio State Routes with the same number as US highways within Ohio, the number was changed to 47.[citation needed]

State Route 47 marker

State Route 47
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length105.23 mi[1] (169.35 km)
Major junctions
West end SR 32 in Union City
  US 127 near Dawn
I-75 near Sidney
US 68 in Bellefontaine
East end SR 98 / SR 423 in Waldo
CountiesDarke, Shelby, Logan, Union, Delaware, Marion
Highway system
SR 46SR 48
US 68SR 68SR 69


Route descriptionEdit

The portion of SR 47 between SR 49 and US 127, near Ansonia in Darke County, is designated "Pfc. Douglas E. Dickey Memorial Highway",[2] in honor of a United States Marine and Darke County native who was mortally wounded in combat on March 26, 1967 in Vietnam, and who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism.[3]


Intersection of Main Street and Sandusky Avenue in downtown Bellefontaine, Ohio

Major intersectionsEdit

DarkeUnion City0.000.00  SR 32 (West Pearl Street) / State Line RoadIndiana state line
Brown Township7.6412.30  SR 49 – Fort Recovery, Greenville
Ansonia10.5116.91  SR 118 (Main Street)
township line
13.8822.34  US 127 – Celina, Greenville
Versailles18.5429.84  SR 185 north (Greenlawn Avenue)Western end of SR 185 concurrency
18.8030.26   SR 121 south (West Street) / SR 185 south / Main StreetNorthern terminus of SR 121; eastern end of SR 185 concurrency
ShelbyCynthian Township27.7344.63  SR 66 – Fort Loramie, Piqua
  I-75 – Dayton, ToledoExit 92 (I-75)
39.2663.18  SR 29 (Ohio Avenue)Western end of SR 29 westbound concurrency
39.3563.33  SR 29 east (East Court Street) / South Main AvenueEastern end of SR 29 westbound concurrency; western end of SR 29 eastbound concurrency
39.5263.60  SR 29 west (North Main Avenue) / East North StreetEastern end of SR 29 eastbound concurrency
Salem Township47.3776.23  SR 65 north – Jackson CenterSouthern terminus of SR 65
LoganPleasant Township56.1390.33  SR 235 – Lakeview, De Graff
Bellefontaine64.20103.32  US 68 south (Canby Street)Western end of US 68 southbound concurrency
64.30103.48   US 68 north (Main Street) / SR 540 beginsEastern end of US 68 northbound concurrency; western end of US 68 southbound concurrency; western terminus of SR 540
64.40103.64   US 68 east (Madriver Street) / SR 540 (Sandusky Avenue)Eastern end of US 68 southbound concurrency; eastern end of SR 540 concurrency
Bokes Creek Township74.22119.45  SR 292 – Ridgeway, East Liberty
UnionYork Township83.46134.32  SR 739
85.69137.90  SR 31 – Kenton, Marysville
Richwood92.26148.48  SR 37 south (Franklin Street) / Ottawa StreetWestern end of SR 37 concurrency
92.33148.59  SR 37 north (Franklin Street) / Blagrove StreetEastern end of SR 37 concurrency
DelawareThompson Township96.07154.61  SR 4 south – MarysvilleWestern end of SR 4 concurrency
MarionProspect Township96.74155.69  SR 4 north – MarionEastern end of SR 4 concurrency
Prospect TownshipProspect
municipal line
98.21158.05  SR 257 south (Prospect Dublin Road)Northern terminus of SR 257
Prospect98.44158.42  SR 203 (Main Street)
Waldo Township104.46168.11  SR 229 eastWestern terminus of SR 229
Waldo105.23169.35    SR 98 north to US 23 / SR 423 north – Bucyrus, MarionSouthern termini of SR 98 and SR 423
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b "DESTAPE". Ohio Department of Transportation. July 3, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  2. ^ "5533.646 Pfc. Douglas E. Dickey Memorial Highway". Ohio Revised Code. LAW Writer. March 22, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Baker, Steve (December 23, 2012). "Portion SR 47 Ansonia to honor war hero". WHIO-TV. Retrieved August 30, 2015.