Ohio Roads - US 422/US 20/OH 8/OH 14/OH 43

and US 422/US 20/OH 8/OH 14/OH 43

Above: old narrow reassurance (before they made wide signs) near Youngstown, courtesy Bill Donovan.

The top and bottom of the sign where US 20 WB joins US 422 WB and OH 8/14/43 NB/WB, all of which end a block later at US 6. At that point, US 322 begins to the right and US 42 begins to the left (along with OH 3, not shown here). Yes, all roads lead to Cleveland. The reason US 6/322 (east) are signed here instead of at Superior Ave. itself is so that traffic diverts around the sides of Public Square and frees up the intersection in the middle.

The accompanying old sign, US 20/422 EB and OH 8/14/43 SB/EB. It's old enough to still show Ohio's use of diagonal directions for diagonal routes; OH 14 was resolved to east-west when Ohio gave up the practice. It's also old enough to have started off showing US 21, which was decommissioned in 1971 (and OH 21 pulled out of the city). (Actually, apparently these signs didn't yet exist as late as 1978, so you can thank a complete error for showing US 21 in the first place, and incompetence for not covering it for another 20 years.) The omission of OH 43 has no good explanation.

EB/SB at the southern edge of Public Square. US 20 EB turns left.

Get it? Get it? After diverging from Woodland Ave. to I-90 to I-90, US 422/OH 8/OH 87 WB/NB pick up OH 14 WB and decided two 14s were better than one of each Ohio route.

Cleveland must have contracted to RIDOT to make all of these WB shields at 30th St.

OH 8 gets an upgrade as the two routes enter Cleveland together. I feel like the overhead signs are not the right approach, since both lefts aren't Union Ave. and both rights aren't Kinsman, and you can't tell which way 8/422 go (bearing right).

US 422 WB has a reverse jughandle to OH 8 SB, so this sign occurs after OH 8 NB has joined the route.

I-271 SB and US 422 EB, courtesy Doug Kerr and first photo partially taken by Brian LeBlanc.

US 422 WB coming into Cleveland from the far eastern suburbs, also courtesy Doug Kerr. The narrow I-271 shield looks like it replaced one of normal width, but long enough ago to still be button copy. The sign also looks like it's mounted just higher enough than the other sign to throw the alignment completely off between the two. In the last photo, I-480 is another mile or so ahead, but Miles Rd. is the only interruption on the otherwise unnumbered freeway before then.

WB from OH 91 to the I-271 junction. I take issue with several design features of the right sign in the last photo, including the subtle one that the I-271 shields don't match.

Starting EB heading away from I-271, courtesy Doug Kerr. The last photo is, of course, at the bottom of the exit ramp.

Continuing EB, past the end of the US 422 freeway to another freeway, the OH 5/82 bypass of Warren. The one sign not shown close up in the last three photos, the one mounted on the overpass, is in fact not button copy, and you know I therefore have no interest in it. All are courtesy Doug Kerr.

Among that stretch, WB in Parkman with an 1899 building that has since disappeared. I cropped the OH 88 shield in favor of the old 528.

Continuing west, you can tell that one of the dualized carriageways is older (EB, left) and you can tell where modern US 422 deviates from the old road (at Iron Horse Saloon). You can't see that the sign once said Targeted Enforcement.

One more WB photo before I get back to OH 306, matching signs on the left and right sides. Ohio once limited trucks to 55 MPH before letting everyone go the same speed, so only older signs look like this.

These old guys hang over US 422 WB in Niles, east of the Warren bypass.

In Youngstown, courtesy Bill Donovan. You can see the scars where the arrow and control city were moved out of the way for a much larger freeway-sized shield.

Another from Youngstown, courtesy John Krakoff, where US 422 exits the Madison Ave. Expressway and continues on MLK Boulevard. The rest of US 422 to the east through Youngstown became OH 289, so while yes, you can turn left and U-turn onto US 422 EB, the sign should indicate that the left turn is really mostly for 289.

Onto US 20 alone
Onto OH 8 alone
Onto OH 14 alone and OH 14/43
Onto OH 43 alone

Old US 422 in Youngstown, OH 289

Into Pennsylvania on US 422
Onto US 6
Onto US 42
Onto US 322
To the Ohio Turnpike (I-80)
Onto I-271
Onto I-480
Onto OH 306
Onto OH 44
Onto OH 82
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