Ohio Roads - US 224

US 224

The Lodi bypass, US 224/42 WB/SB, courtesy Doug Kerr. If 42 were signed east/west in accordance with its number, it would just be WB.

US 30/US 224 EB around Van Wert, courtesy Bill Donovan.

US 224 Business EB in the center of Van Wert, courtesy Doug Kerr. It's possible the business loop is only recognized by the town, which is why such an obvious non-state-standard sign would be here, but if it's an official route, this has to be fixed.

US 127 NB/Business 224 EB at the stretched-shield US 30, where 127 picks up US 224 from US 30 and takes it northward from Van Wert, again courtesy Doug Kerr. In the days of old alignments, US 224/127 started to duplex on the south side of Van Wert at the previous photo and crossed US 30 (still called the Lincoln Highway) in the middle.

US 224 EB at I-71, all courtesy Doug Kerr except the second photo is courtesy Scott Colbert. The highways meet at an antiquated double-trumpet interchange between two non-tolled freeways (it may be constrained by a railroad line or two, though I-71 NB to I-76 EB and vice versa really need to be free-flowing movements). I-76 EB begins multiplexed with US 224 right about here, and the next multitude of photos are on that page and I-277 (see big links at bottom). Notice on the first sign the trace of an Ohio shield. Could this be OH 18, the next route to the north? Your ideas welcome.

WB turning into I-277 at the other end of the freeway stretch.

EB in the same area. US 224 only remains limited access until it passes Akron Fulton International Airport.

WB and up the Kelly Ave. ramp.

Emmitt Rd. WB alongside US 224 as it leaves the airport. Traffic has to turn left and then right at Kelly Ave.

Wide shield and consecutive numbers WB and EB in Deerfield Circle. Sort of. The signs are mounted in opposite corners of the intersection instead of aligned with the circle.

WB and EB.

US 224 WB, with two sorry excuses for contractor Ohio shields. The second shield is a typical new style, minimizing Toledo and sticking the Erie end of the state way up in the air. As if to compensate, this contractor created a one-off in the first photo with a tapered ducktail to try to hold up that side of the state. Michigan's southern border is nearly straight east-west, not nearly this tilted (I would blame surveying errors for it not being perfectly straight to begin with), so both of these shields have to get with the program.

Entering the state from Pennsylvania. That first shield is very Ohioan - smaller digits than PA and a slightly rounder shield that fills out more of the black space. The Western Reserve was the area claimed by Connecticut in the original Northwest Territory, which became the states from Wisconsin to Ohio and south. Poland was at the lower right corner of Connecticut's claim, and thus was town (1,1) in a coordinate system. A whole bunch of territories and then states established a whole bunch of conflicting claims in the Northwest Territory, not sorted out until all that land became standalone states.

Onto I-277/US 224
Onto I-76 and US 224/I-76

Into Pennsylvania on US 224
Onto US 42
Onto OH 421
Onto US 127
Onto US 30
Onto I-71
To OH 83
Exit 4 to I-77
Onto OH 14
Onto I-680
To OH 170
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