Ohio Roads - US 20

EB south of Toledo, picking up US 23 SB after the last photo.

Now WB, thus on US 23 NB as well.

In western Ohio, US 20 is a four-lane divided highway that usually necks down to a five-lane (with center turn lane) in towns, perhaps so that it doesn't challenge the parallel Ohio Turnpike as a free alternative. In the case of Fremont, though, US 20 gets a real bypass, even with exit numbers. And the exit numbers belong on the right because this is a well-built bypass with all right exits. These photos are WB (and OH 19 NB, and then US 6 WB for the last two, and finally OH 53 SB in the last one - this bypass collects everything like a Katamari Damacy).

In those towns with undivided highways, junctions usually end up with these unique advance double arrow plates at the bottom. It's a neat innovation that tells you whether the road you're coming up to goes both ways or not.

Looking north and south at the east end of the Norwalk bypass. US 20 WB merges in from the right in the second photo, but as you see in the first photo there's nothing to merge into. Ostensibly, US 250 would have joined the bypass had it continued northward from this point.

Views of the EB stub, whose pavement peters out in the median well after US 20 WB has joined the freeway, and then looking back northward where US 20 EB leaves the bypass.

US 20/OH 2 WB leave US 6 WB west of Cleveland (see big link at bottom), courtesy Doug Kerr. US 20 WB turns left here and heads due east for a couple of blocks before righting its course.

Eastbound across the Superior Ave. bridge, which replaced the original Superior Viaduct that once took traffic across the Cuyahoga River long before automobiles existed. As you see, the right eastbound lane ends up floating outside the truss, as does the westbound sidewalk. These outer lanes were added in the 1960s for more capacity. There were originally four center lanes, obviously much narrower than modern times, which is why they were converted to three lanes. Robert Asch adds some information on the streetcar tracks that were once on the lower level; the entryways were paved over (two west of the bridge due to a split in the line, one east of the bridge) in the 1950s, and the current lane configuration was installed in the 1990s when the OH 2 bridge was reconstructed. Robert adds, "Unfortunately, there wasn't room for the bike lane crossing the river in the eastbound direction, so it disappears just before the lane split, and reappears after the lanes merge on the other side of the archway." Photo courtesy Doug Kerr.

Old, unique signs in downtown Cleveland where US 20 leaves US 6 and both OH 3 and US 42 end. The mainline of US 42 ended a little while to the west, but this is the dead center of Cleveland, which means all the routes have passed and continue to pass here (except the covered one in the second photo). US 322 begins straight ahead along 6, and US 422, OH 8, and OH 14 all begin to the right. US 21 once also began to the right, but that route was supplanted in Ohio by OH 21 despite being largely independent of I-77 in the northern half of the state.

EB at the edge of Euclid.

WB at the same interchange.

How not to sign a state highway. Toledo is not south of Cleveland. Not even close.

WB at the beginning of the long state highway and the relic of an old Grand River railroad bridge just past there that apparently is still in use despite appearances. Think the Coastal Ohio Trail could become any more of an afterthought?

There's just something about this EB shield. Numbers too high, maybe? OH 535 is a loop through Fairport Harbor.

EB through Geneva, past the old Geneva Times building and the "GENEVA" building near the end (it's now a rec center, whatever it was before).

Old junction plate atop one of the new styles of shield, WB in Geneva courtesy Doug Kerr. It was made by contractors (and possibly not even commissioned by ODOT), and certainly not to the old specs. I like the new shields because they come closer to capturing the actual outline of Ohio, although this one is far too generous to Lake Erie. The eastern boundary goes farther north than the western boundary, Ohio; get used to it.

Eastbound in Ashtabula, starting at Station Ave. The first OH 11 sign isn't button copy, but notice that the "11" is green.

And westbound.

This old westbound N. Kingsville sign, courtesy Doug Kerr, isn't doing a good job of warning anyone about anything anymore. Perhaps if it had been maintained in the last 50 years, it would still function as intended. Then again, if anyone remembered this sign is still out there, it probably wouldn't be.

EB in N. Kingsville at OH 193.

Now for my own photos, WB into Conneaut past an old bridge alignment. The blue building is an old diner (Broad St. Diner) as I look down Broad St., and the OH 7 shield uses the old font.

There's plenty of Pennsylvania signage here, but the border is still a few feet to the east. The END Bike Route J is certainly within Ohio, but the correct symbol is an oval, not a demented rhombus. I checked Google, and this should be the only hit for "demented rhombus." Photo courtesy Doug Kerr.

US 20/6/OH 2
Onto US 422 and US 20/422/OH 8/14

Into Indiana on US 20
Into Pennsylvania on US 20
Onto I-75
Onto US 23
Onto US 6
Onto US 322
Onto OH 8
Onto OH 14
Onto OH 306
Onto OH 2
Onto I-90
Onto OH 534
Onto OH 11
Onto OH 7
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