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U.S. Route 24 (US 24) is a United States Numbered Highway that runs from Minturn, Colorado, to Independence Township, Michigan. In Ohio, it is an expressway and freeway for much of its length, from the Indiana state line to Maumee. From there northeasterly to the Michigan state line at Toledo, it is a surface highway.

U.S. Route 24 marker

U.S. Route 24
US 24 highlighted in red across northwestern Ohio
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length83.33 mi[1] (134.11 km)
Major junctions
West end US 24 near Antwerp
 
East end US 24 in Toledo
Location
CountiesPaulding, Defiance, Henry, Lucas
Highway system
SR 23SR 24

Route descriptionEdit

 
Part of the "Fort to Port"[citation needed] US 24 freeway in Ohio

From the Indiana state line easterly to Baltimore Street at the border of unincorporated Defiance Township and the city of Defiance, US 24 is an expressway which mostly has interchanges, but features intersections with select county and township roads. From Baltimore Street to State Route 281 at the border of Defiance and unincorporated Noble Township, US 24 is a freeway. From SR 281 to US 6 west in Henry County's Napoleon Township, US 24 is once again an expressway. From US 6 west to Interstate 475 (I-475) in the city of Maumee, US 24 is a freeway. The route continues northeasterly as a surface street through downtown Maumee and the western side of Toledo, continuing to the Michigan state line. At this point, the route continues northerly into Michigan as a north–south highway.

HistoryEdit

Upgrades to the route around Napoleon began in 2008. This included the construction of a new route from east of Napoleon to north of Waterville, bypassing the original routing of the highway. This rerouting was done to "alleviate safety concerns caused by the mixture of truck traffic and residential travel" along US 24's former routing.[2] New alignments west of Defiance through to Interstate 469 in Fort Wayne, Indiana were also built in the late 2000s.[3] The conversion to an expressway, first proposed in 1969, was made due to the high number of road accidents along the old alignment, which comprised only two lanes and was frequently used by tractor-trailers.[4]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
PauldingCarryall Township0.000.00  US 24 west – Fort WayneContinuation into Indiana
Eastern end of freeway; western end of expressway
Crane Township3.32–
4.18
5.34–
6.73
3  SR 49 – Antwerp, PayneDiamond interchange
Emerald Township12.38–
13.19
19.92–
21.23
13  US 127 – Sherwood, Paulding, CecilDiamond interchange
DefianceDefiance TownshipDefiance line22.47–
22.96
36.16–
36.95
Eastern end of expressway; western end of freeway
22Baltimore StreetPartial cloverleaf interchange
Noble Township24.97–
25.44
40.19–
40.94
25   SR 15 / SR 18 – Bryan, DefianceDiamond interchange
Defiance25.90–
26.41
41.68–
42.50
26  SR 66 – Archbold, DefianceDiamond interchange
DefianceRichland Township line27.78–
28.60
44.71–
46.03
28  SR 281 (Domersville Road)Diamond interchange
Eastern end of freeway; western end of expressway
HenryNapoleon Township38.83–
39.32
62.49–
63.28
Eastern end of expressway; western end of freeway
39  US 6 west – Kendallville (Indiana), ChicagoWestern end of US 6 concurrency; partial cloverleaf interchange
40.10–
40.34
64.53–
64.92
40  
   SR 108 / US 6 Bus. – Wauseon, Napoleon
Partial cloverleaf interchange
Liberty Township41.38–
41.90
66.59–
67.43
41Industrial DriveDiamond interchange
43.6470.2343   US 6 east to CR 424 / SR 110 – Bowling GreenEastern end of US 6 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; entrance ramp flies under eastbound lanes and merges on the left
46.54–
47.16
74.90–
75.90
47  SR 109 – Liberty Center, MalintaDiamond interchange
LucasProvidence Township56.91–
57.39
91.59–
92.36
57  SR 295 – Whitehouse, Grand Rapids (Ohio)Diamond interchange
Waterville Township62.81–
63.32
101.08–
101.90
63  SR 64 – Whitehouse, WatervilleDiamond interchange
WatervilleMonclova
township line
65.62–
66.09
105.61–
106.36
66Anthony Wayne Trail – WatervilleWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; exit ramp flies under US 24
Maumee66.49–
66.93
107.01–
107.71
67Fallen Timbers LaneAccess to The Shops at Fallen Timbers; partial cloverleaf interchange, was originally signed Jerome Road, Stitt Road
67.65–
68.26
108.87–
109.85
68   I-475 / US 23 – Dayton, Ann Arbor (Michigan)Cloverleaf interchange; signed as 68A (south) and 68B (north); exit 4 on I-475
Eastern end of freeway
69.77112.28      US 20 / SR 25 south (Conant Street) to I-80 / I-90 / Ohio TurnpikeSouthern end of SR 25 concurrency
MaumeeToledo
city line
72.14116.10  SR 25 north (Anthony Wayne Trail) / South Detroit AvenueNorthern end of SR 25 concurrency
Toledo75.80121.99  SR 2 (Airport Highway)
77.48124.69  SR 246 (Dorr Street)
78.37126.12  SR 51 (Monroe Street)
78.54–
78.65
126.40–
126.57
  I-75 – Detroit, DaytonExit 203B on I-75
79.42127.81  SR 120 (Central Avenue)
82.76133.19  SR 184 (Alexis Road)
83.33134.11  US 24 north (Telegraph Road) – DetroitContinuation into Michigan
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "DESTAPE". Ohio Department of Transportation. July 16, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  2. ^ Staff. "U.S. Route 24—Fort to Port: Napoleon to Toledo, Ohio". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  3. ^ Staff. "U.S. Route 24—Fort to Port Realignment/Expansion". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  4. ^ Patch, David (August 29, 2012). "Expanded US  24 Open Today After Decades of Struggle 200 Gather near Waterville to Celebrate Fort to Port Project". The Blade. Toledo, OH. Retrieved September 11, 2014.

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