U.S. Route 6 in Ohio
U.S. Route 6 (US 6) is a part of the United States Numbered Highway System that runs from Bishop, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts. US 6 is the second longest federal highway in the United States, second only to U.S. Route 20. In Ohio, the road runs west-east from the Indiana state line near Edgerton to the Pennsylvania state line near Andover. The 248.002 miles (399.121 km) that lie in Ohio are maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). US 6 serves the major cities of Sandusky, Lorain, and Cleveland. The highway is also called the Grand Army of the Republic Highway to honor the Union forces of the American Civil War. The alternate name was designated in 1953.
|Grand Army of the Republic Highway|
Route of US 6 in Ohio highlighted in red
|Maintained by ODOT|
|Length||248.002 mi (399.121 km)|
|West end||US 6 at the Indiana state line|
|East end||US 6 at the Pennsylvania state line|
|Counties||Williams, Henry, Wood, Sandusky, Erie, Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula|
US 6 originally ran from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania. It was extended through Ohio to Colorado in June 1931. The route of US 6 has remained largely unchanged since 1931.
US 6 traverses the far northern portion of Ohio, passing through 10 counties. The highway travels through largely farm and field country until it reaches Sandusky. After Sandusky, US 6 travels along the coast of Lake Erie until Cleveland. From Cleveland to the Pennsylvania state line, Route 6 passes through mostly wooded land.
US 6 crosses into Williams County, Ohio, at the Indiana state line between Butler, Indiana, and Edgerton, Ohio. The highway goes east from the border, passing through the small town of Edgerton, where it has a brief concurrency with Ohio State Route 49. Continuing east through farm country, US 6 passes through Ridgeville Corners, until reaching Napoleon in Henry County, where it intersects US 24, starting a 4.6-mile long concurrency. East of Napoleon, US 6 passes through McClure. 15 miles east of McClure, Route 6 passes south of the college town of Bowling Green, intersecting with Interstate 75. Along this 15-mile stretch, the road crosses into Wood County. Just east of Bowling Green, US 6 has a 1-mile long overlap with Ohio State Route 199.
US 6 continues through rural country until it passes just north of Bradner. Here, the highway intersects U.S. Route 23 at the Wood-Sandusky county line. In Sandusky County, US 6 passes through the small towns of Rollersville and Helena before reaching the city of Fremont. In Fremont, US 6 overlaps with Ohio State Route 53 for 4.1 miles, US 20 for 3.9 miles, and Ohio State Route 19 for 2.6 miles. Route 6 skirts the northern city limits of Fremont before turning northeast just east of Fremont. 3 miles from Fremont, US 6 crosses under I-80/I-90, but there is not an interchange between the highways. 11 miles northeast of the interstate, US 6 crosses into Erie County.
Just into Erie County, US 6 overlaps Ohio State Route 269 for 0.6 miles, then intersects Ohio State Route 2 1.8 miles east of the SR 269 concurrency. Just east of this intersection, US 6 enters the city of Sandusky. US 6 passes through a largely residential part of Sandusky. Locally, the highway is also known as Tiffin Avenue, West Washington Street, Warren Street, and Cleveland Road West. Cedar Point is accessed from US 6. Southeast of Sandusky, US 6 passes the Griffing Sandusky Airport near Fairview Lanes. As US 6 continues east through Erie County, it passes through the city of Huron, the communities of Mitiwanga and Beulah Beach, and the city of Vermilion before crossing into Lorain County. East of Vermilion, in Lorain County, US 6 enters the city of Lorain, the last major city before the highway reaches Cleveland. In Lorain, Route 6 stays close to the Lake Erie shoreline and crosses the Black River on the Charles Berry Bridge, the second-largest bascule bridge in the world. East of Lorain, US 6 passes through Sheffield Lake and Avon Lake before crossing into Cuyahoga County.
After passing through Bay Village, US 6 enters the suburbs of Cleveland. In Rocky River, US 6 starts concurrencies with Ohio State Route 2 and U.S. Route 20. Also, an alternate route of US 6 starts in Rocky River and winds along Detroit Avenue for 7.3 miles to its eastern terminus just west of the Cuyahoga River in the Ohio City neighborhood.
US 6 enters the city of Cleveland during its overlap with SR 2 and US 20. US 6, along with US 20, splits from SR 2 just before it crosses the Cuyahoga River on the Main Avenue Bridge. Route 6 meets up with Ohio State Route 3 and U.S. Route 42 at West 25th Street, and the four highways (US 6, US 20, US 42, SR 3) cross the Cuyahoga River on the Veterans Memorial Bridge. At the east end of the bridge, US 6 passes through Public Square. Here, the concurrencies with US 20, US 42, and SR 3 end. U.S. Route 322 also starts a concurrency with US 6 in Public Square that ends 0.5 mi east of the plaza
East of Public Square, US 6 has an interchange with Interstate 90. 4.5 miles east of this intersection, US 6 starts another concurrency with US 20 in East Cleveland that lasts for 4.2 miles. After splitting from US 20, US 6 runs concurrent with Ohio State Route 84 for 2.1 miles before entering Lake County.
The 10.23 miles that lie within Lake County pass through many small residential developments in Willoughby Hills and Kirtland before crossing into Geauga County. In Geauga County, US 6 passes through the city of Chardon, where it has a brief overlap with Ohio State Route 44. In Chardon, US 6 turns northeast to serve Hambden Township and Montville Township before crossing into Ashtabula County.
In Ashtabula County, US 6 travels straight east through the townships of Hartsgrove, Rome, New Lyme, and Cherry Valley, as well as the village of Andover before turning north with Ohio State Route 7. 7.5 miles north of Andover, US 6 breaks its concurrency with SR 7, turns east, and enters Pennsylvania in Crawford County, just north of the Pymatuning Reservoir.
US 6 was one of the original routes created when the United States Numbered Highway System was formed. Originally, US 6 was only routed from Provincetown, Massachusetts to Brewster, New York. Soon after, it was routed to Pennsylvania and was alternatively named the Roosevelt Highway. The route was not extended into Ohio until 1931, when the highway was expanded to Greeley, Colorado. The Ohio routing established in 1931 has not been changed since then.
By the 1930s, the Roosevelt Highway name had started to fade. Major William Anderson, Jr. took notice of this and proposed the idea of redesignating the highway to honor Union forces during the Civil War. Veteran associations started promoting the idea in 1934. Because each state along the highway owned its portion of US 6, each state had to act on the proposal. Each state had approved the renaming by 1953, and it was in that year that US 6 was designated as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway along its entire length. The name is signed in all 14 states that US 6 passes through.
|Williams||St. Joseph Township||0.00||0.00||US 6 west – Butler, Kendallville, Chicago||Indiana state line|
|Edgerton||2.98||4.80||SR 49 (Michigan Avenue)||Western end of SR 49 concurrency|
|3.03||4.88||SR 49 (Michigan Avenue) to Ohio Turnpike||Eastern end of SR 49 concurrency|
|Center Township||10.21||16.43||SR 576 – Montpelier, Williams Center|
|10.98||17.67||SR 2 west / CR 12/C – Williams Center, Hicksville||Western end of SR 2 concurrency|
|Pulaski Township||13.41||21.58||US 127 / SR 2 east / SR 15 – Bryan, Sherwood||Eastern end of SR 2 concurrency|
|Springfield Township||20.89||33.62||SR 191 north / CR 22/A – Stryker, West Unity, Evansport||Southern terminus of SR 191|
|23.25||37.42||SR 66 south / CR 24 – Defiance||Western end of SR 66 concurrency|
|Henry||Ridgeville Township||26.13||42.05||SR 66 north / CR 23 – Archbold, Sauder Village||Eastern end of SR 66 concurrency|
|27.90||44.90||SR 34 west – Bryan||Eastern terminus of SR 34|
|Napoleon Township||35.19||56.63||US 24 west / Woodlawn Avenue – Defiance, Fort Wayne, Napoleon||Western end of US 24 concurrency; partial cloverleaf interchange; western end of freeway; US 6 west follows exit 39 (formerly exit 36)|
SR 108 / US 6 Bus. east – Wauseon, Napoleon
|38.19||61.46||41||Industrial Drive (CR 503)|
|Liberty Township||39.72||63.92||Township Road 11||no access across US 6|
|40.20||64.70||US 24 east – Maumee, Toledo||Eastern end of US 24 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; US 6 east follows exit 43; formerly exit 40A|
|40.62||65.37||44A||CR 424 – Napoleon||No westbound entrance; former SR 424; formerly exit 40B|
|Harrison Township||41.02||66.02||44B||SR 110 to US 24 east – Grand Rapids, Napoleon||Eastern end of freeway; formerly exit 41|
|43.63||70.22||County Road O (US 6 Bus. west) – Henry County Airport|
|44.17||71.08||SR 109 – Liberty Center, Malinta|
|Wood||Weston Township||57.29||92.20||SR 235 – Weston, Hoytville, McComb|
|Center Township||64.929||104.493||65||SR 25 – Bowling Green, Portage||Diamond interchange|
|66.40||106.86||66A-B||I-75 – Toledo, Dayton||Diamond interchange; signed as exits 66A (south) and 66B (north); I-75 exit 179|
|Freedom Township||72.27||116.31||SR 199 north – Perrysburg||Western end of SR 199 concurrency|
|73.24||117.87||SR 199 south – Fostoria||Eastern end of SR 199 concurrency|
|76.68||123.40||SR 281 west – Bradner, Wayne||Eastern terminus of SR 281|
|77.69||125.03||US 23 – Rising Sun, Fostoria|
|Sandusky||Madison Township||82.71||133.11||SR 300 north – Gibsonburg||Southern terminus of SR 300|
|Washington Township||85.21||137.13||SR 635 south||Northern terminus of SR 635|
|Jackson Township||87.74||141.20||SR 590 – Lindsey, Bettsville|
|Ballville Township||90.68||145.94||SR 53 south – Tiffin||Western end of SR 53 concurrency|
|Sandusky Township||92.47||148.82||98||US 20 west – Fremont, Toledo||Western end of US 20 concurrency; western end of freeway; formerly exit 92; no westbound exit into Fremont; exit 98 is signed eastbound only (US 6 west follows exit 98)|
|Fremont||93.82||150.99||100||SR 19 north – Oak Harbor||Western end of SR 19 concurrency; formerly exit 94|
|94.75||152.49||101||SR 53 north – Port Clinton, Lake Erie Islands||Eastern end of SR 53 concurrency; formerly exit 95|
|96.50||155.30||US 20 east / SR 19 south – Norwalk||Eastern end of US 20/SR 19 concurrences; eastern end of freeway; US 6 east follows exit 102|
|Riley Township||103.38||166.37||SR 510 south – Clyde||Northern terminus of SR 510|
|Erie||Margaretta Township||111.52||179.47||SR 269 south – Bellevue, Castalia||Western end of SR 269 concurrency|
|112.15||180.49||SR 269 north – Bayview||Eastern end of SR 269 concurrency|
|Sandusky||113.93||183.35||SR 2 / LECT to US 250 – Toledo, Cleveland, Cedar Point||interchange|
|115.90||186.52||SR 101 west – Castalia||west end of SR 101 overlap|
|116.55||187.57||To Ohio Turnpike / SR 4 / Sanford Street||former SR 387 east|
|118.20||190.22||SR 4 (Columbus Avenue)||Northern terminus of SR 4; east end of SR 101 overlap|
|119.19||191.82||US 250 east (Sycamore Line) to SR 2 / Ohio Turnpike||Northern terminus of US 250|
|119.72||192.67||To Ohio Turnpike / US 250 / SR 2 / Butler Street|
|120.14||193.35||Cedar Point Drive - Cedar Point|
|Huron||125.65||202.21||SR 2 west to Ohio Turnpike / US 250 / Rye Beach Road – Toledo||Western end of SR 2 concurrency; western end of freeway|
|126.70||203.90||SR 2 east – Cleveland||Eastern end of SR 2 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastern end of freeway|
|127.74||205.58||SR 13 south (Main Street) to Ohio Turnpike||Northern terminus of SR 13|
|Berlin Township||131.34||211.37||SR 61 south to SR 2 – Berlin Heights, Norwalk||Northern terminus of SR 61|
|Vermilion||138.75||223.30||SR 60 south (Main Street)||Northern terminus of SR 60|
|Lorain||Lorain||146.51||235.78||SR 611 east (West 21st Street)||Western terminus of SR 611; interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|147.85||237.94||SR 58 south (Leavitt Road)||Northern terminus of SR 58|
|149.29||240.26||SR 57 south (Broadway Avenue)||Northern terminus of SR 57|
|Sheffield Lake||155.05||249.53||SR 301 south (Abbe Road)||Northern terminus of SR 301|
|Avon Lake||158.19||254.58||SR 83 south (Avon Belden Road)||Northern terminus of SR 83|
|Cuyahoga||Bay Village||164.74||265.12||SR 252 south (Columbia Road)||Northern terminus of SR 252|
|Rocky River||168.07||270.48||SR 2 west / SR 254 (Detroit Road)||Western end of SR 2 overlap; interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
US 6 Alt. (West Lake Road) / Detroit Road – truck route
|Western terminus of US 6 Alt.; interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|Lakewood||169.06||272.08||US 20 west / SR 237 south (West Clifton Boulevard)||Northern terminus of SR 237; Western end of US 20 concurrency|
|Cleveland||173.1||278.6||Lake Avenue / West Boulevard||interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance; west end of freeway|
|173.89||279.85||West 73rd Street||former exit 192|
|174.62||281.02||West 45th Street / West 49th Street||former exit 193A|
|175.26||282.05||SR 2 / LECT east||Eastern end of SR 2 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastern end of freeway; US 6 east follows exit 193B|
US 6 Alt. west (Detroit Avenue) / US 42 south / SR 3 south (West 25th Street)
|Eastern terminus of US 6 Alt.; western terminus of US 42 / SR 3 concurrency|
|175.45||282.36||Detroit-Superior Bridge over the Cuyahoga River|
|176.30||283.73||Ontario Street (US 422 east / SR 8 south / SR 14 east / SR 43 south / SR 87 east) / Euclid Avenue (US 20 east)||traffic circle (Public Square); eastern terminus of US 20 / US 42 / SR 3 concurrency; western terminus of US 322 concurrency; eastern terminus of US 42; western terminus of US 322 / US 422 / SR 14 / SR 87; northern terminus of SR 3 / SR 8 / SR 43|
|176.85||284.61||US 322 east (East 13th Street)||Eastern end of US 322 concurrency|
|177.61||285.84||I-90 to I-71 / I-77 / SR 2||I-90 exit 173C|
|178.81||287.77||SR 283 east (East 55th Street)||west terminus of SR 283|
|East Cleveland||182.07||293.01||US 20 west (Euclid Avenue)||Western end of US 20 concurrency|
|Euclid||186.29||299.80||US 20 east (Euclid Avenue)||Eastern end of US 20 concurrency; west end of SR 84 overlap|
|Richmond Heights||188.50||303.36||SR 175 (Richmond Road)|
|Lake||Willoughby Hills||189.57||305.08||SR 84 east (Bishop Road) to I-90||Eastern end of SR 84 concurrency|
|191.74||308.58||SR 91 (Som Center Road) to I-90|
|192.90||310.44||SR 174 (River Road)|
|Kirtland||196.54||316.30||SR 306 (Chillicothe Road)|
|Geauga||Chardon||204.43||329.00||SR 44 south (South Street) / South Hambden Street||Western end of SR 44 concurrency|
|204.63||329.32||SR 44 north (Center Street)||Eastern end of SR 44 concurrency|
|Hambden Township||207.98||334.71||SR 608|
|208.23||335.11||SR 166 east (Rock Creek Road)||Western terminus of SR 166|
|Montville Township||212.62||342.18||SR 86 (Plank Road)|
|213.04||342.85||SR 528 – Madison, Middlefield|
|Ashtabula||Hartsgrove Township||218.09||350.98||SR 534 – Geneva, Newton Falls||traffic circle|
|Rome Township||222.67||358.35||SR 45 – Rock Creek, Warren|
|New Lyme Township||227.06||365.42||SR 46 – Jefferson, Cortland|
|230.52||370.99||SR 11 – Ashtabula, Youngstown||interchange|
|Cherry Valley Township||232.97||374.93||SR 193 – North Kingsville|
|Andover||237.94||382.93||SR 7 south / SR 85 east||Western end of SR 7 concurrency; traffic circle|
|Pierpont Township||245.45||395.01||SR 7 north – Conneaut||Eastern end of SR 7 concurrency|
|248.10||399.28||US 6 east – Conneaut Lake||Pennsylvania state line|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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