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OH-8.svg
State Route 8
Length: 38.37 mi[1] (61.75 km)
Formed: 1924
South end: I-76.svgI-77.svg I-76/I-77 in Akron
Major
junctions:
I-80.svgOhioTurnpike.svg I-80/OH Tpk. in Boston Heights
I-271.svg I-271 in Northfield
I-77.svg I-77 in Cleveland
North end: US 6.svgUS 42.svgOH-3.svg US 6/US 42/SR 3 in Cleveland
Counties: Summit, Cuyahoga
Ohio highways
< SR 7 SR 9 >
Interstates - U.S. Routes - State Routes

State Route 8 (SR 8) is a road in the U.S. state of Ohio. SR 8 stretches from the eastern junction of I-76 and I-77 in Akron to Public Square in Downtown Cleveland at the US 6/US 42/SR 3 concurrency. Its northern terminus in Cleveland is also the western terminus of US 422, SR 14, and SR 87 as well as the northern terminus of SR 43. The route's first few miles are as a limited-access freeway from I-76 exit 23B and I-77 exit 125B, heading north. The freeway section of the highway has 13 interchanges, and is cosigned with SR 59 for a short distance from Perkins Avenue in Akron to Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls. The freeway portion ends just north of SR 303, but construction is underway to complete the entire portion of the freeway from I-76/77 in Akron to I-271 in Macedonia. From near its interchange with I-80 and the Ohio Turnpike, the route is called Northfield Road north to its junction in Shaker Heights with US 422, which it joins from this point to Downtown Cleveland.

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History

Route 8 was one of the original state highways in Ohio. It went from Marietta all the way to Cleveland. Over time, though, parts of the route were renumbered or reassigned, especially in the part south of Akron. In 1926 the portion from Marietta to Newcomerstown was changed to U.S. Route 21. The same year the section from Newcomerstown to Uhrichsville became State Route 16 and highway was rerouted from the Ohio River town of Fly to Uhrichsville. In 1969, the section from Fly to Canton was renumbered to State Route 800, the portion from Canton to Akron was decertified, and the southern end of the highway was truncated at Akron, at U.S. Route 224.[2]

The SR 8B freeway, as it appeared on the 1964 Ohio highway map.

By 1962, the Route 8B freeway was built in Akron. It became mainline SR 8 in 1969 north of Market Street, and in its entirety by 1971.[2] A section of freeway between Front Street (SR 59) and Graham Road in Cuyahoga Falls and Stow opened by 1972, with the connecting section opening in 1974. The freeway only carried the SR 59 designation between Tallmadge Avenue in Akron and Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls and had no posted number north of there until 1983, when the SR 8 designation was transferred to the freeway, returning to its older alignment from the north end via the former northernmost portion of SR 532.[2] The final section of freeway opened on May 20, 1988,[3] reaching State Route 303, the freeway's current northern terminus.

SR 8 from Interstate 77 to Perkins Street was rebuilt from 2003 to 2005. The freeway in that stretch previously had onramps and offramps built closely together, creating the danger of weaving traffic. Several ramps were removed and service roads were built on both sides of the freeway.[4]

Route 8 from SR 303 north to Interstate 271 is being converted to a full freeway without at-grade intersections.[5][6] This project, started in 2008 and projected to finish in 2010, includes a new interchange at the Ohio Turnpike - eliminating the current at-grade intersection with Boston Mills Road - and at Interstate 271 to remove the current traffic lights at the southbound entrance to and northbound exit from the interstate.[5][7] The ramp between State Route 8 northbound and I-271 northbound opened July 24, 2009,[8] and the opposite ramp opened on September 4.[9]

A new interchange was recently opened at Seasons Road to serve the area near the borders of Cuyahoga Falls, Stow, and Hudson.[10][11]. Although the interchange was completed on January 25, 2010, it was not initially scheduled to open until one month later, on February 26, when an official ribbon-cutting could take place. Two weeks before the scheduled opening, an editorial in the Akron Beacon Journal lambasted the ribbon-cutting, calling the ceremony a mere "photo op", and questioning why a finished project should sit unused for 31 days. On February 21, the government of Stow, which had been responsible for holding the ceremony, caved to the outcry caused by the editorial and announced the interchange would open in the morning of the next day without a ribbon-cutting.[12][13][14]

Junctions

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Limited-access segment

OHSR 8 akron map.svg
County Location Mile # Destinations Notes
Begin limited-access segment; southern terminus of OH-8.svg
Summit Akron 0.00 I-76 / I-77Canton, Youngstown, Barberton Southbound exit, northbound entrance.
1.16 1A To SR 18 (Market St.) / Buchtel Ave. / Carroll Ave. / Exchange St. To the University of Akron, Canal Park and InfoCision Stadium.
1.75 1B SR 59 west (Perkins St.) Southern terminus of concurrency with SR 59.
2.73 3A E. Glenwood Ave. Northbound exit, southbound entrance.
3.05 3B SR 261 (E. Tallmadge Ave.) To Stan Hywet Hall. Signed as exit 3 southbound.
3.96 3C Cuyahoga Falls Ave. Northbound exit, southbound entrance.
Cuyahoga Falls 4.41 4 Howe Ave. / Cuyahoga Falls Ave. Full interchange. Northbound traffic exits to Howe Avenue, southbound traffic to Cuyahoga Falls Avenue.
5.47 5A Broad Blvd. Signed as exit 5 southbound.
5.66 5B N. Portage Trail Northbound exit, southbound entrance.
6.11 6 SR 59 east (Front St.) / Second St. – Kent Southbound traffic exits to Second St. Northern terminus of concurrency with SR 59.
Stow 7.68 7 Graham Road – Stow, Silver Lake
9.11 9 Steels Corners Rd.
10 Seasons Rd. Opened February 22, 2010. [12]
Boston Hts. 12.72 12 SR 303 (W. Streetsboro Rd.) – Hudson, Peninsula To Blossom Music Center and Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
14.63 I-80 / Ohio Tpk.Toledo, Youngstown
15 Hines Hill Rd.
End limited-access segment

At-grade segment

County Location Mile Roads intersected Notes
Summit Macedonia 17.93 I-271Columbus, Erie PA
18.68 SR 82 (East Aurora Road)
Cuyahoga Bedford 21.02 SR 14 (Broadway Avenue)
Bedford Heights 23.34 SR 17 (Libby Road)
23.72 SR 43 Southern terminus of concurrency with SR 43.
23.76/23.82(N) I-480 Junction with I-480 and I-480N.
North Randall 24.01 SR 43 Northern terminus of concurrency with SR 43.
Shaker Heights 26.80 US 422 (Chagrin Boulevard)

References

  1. ^ Mileages retrieved from Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams unless otherwise noted.
  2. ^ a b c Official Transportation Map archive, Ohio Department of Transportation
  3. ^ Rhoden, Yalinda (1988-05-21). "Excited Drivers Hit the Open Road". Akron Beacon Journal. http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_product=NewsBank&p_theme=aggregated5&p_action=doc&p_docid=0EB628E6D98B7D58&p_docnum=13&p_queryname=2. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  4. ^ "State Route 8 Update News Letter". Ohio Department of Transportation District 4. Archived from the original on 2004-06-05. http://web.archive.org/web/20040605071731/roadwise.org/default.asp?VIEW=PROJECT&PROJECT=SR8CENTRALAKRON. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  5. ^ a b State Route 8 Connection. Ohio Department of Transportation District 4.
  6. ^ Boston Heights (2004) – Ohio Route 8 Upgrade Project Planned through Boston Heights, Northfield Center Township, and Macedonia, retrieved January 31, 2005.
  7. ^ "State Route 8 Corridor". Ohio Department of Transportation. pp. 28. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D04/Documents/SR%208%20corridor.pdf. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  8. ^ Armon, Rick (2009-07-30). "New Route 8 Ramp Eases Congestion". Akron Beacon Journal. http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_action=doc&p_topdoc=1&p_docnum=1&p_sort=YMD_date:D&p_product=NewsBank&p_text_direct-0=document_id=(%20129CAF791B1194A8%20)&p_docid=129CAF791B1194A8&p_theme=aggregated5&p_queryname=129CAF791B1194A8&f_openurl=yes&p_nbid=T6DA5FFVMTI1Mzc0NTkyNC40MTcwNjk6MToxMjoxOTguMzAuMjI4LjA&&p_multi=ABJB. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  9. ^ "I-271 Southbound Ramp to SR-8 southbound is now OPEN". State Route 8 Connection, Ohio Department of Transportation District 4, 2009-09-04.
  10. ^ "Seasons Road Interchange". State Route 8 Connection, Ohio Department of Transportation District 4.
  11. ^ LaTourette secures millions in funding for local road projects in six-year highway and transit bill, retrieved February 1, 2005.
  12. ^ a b McKenna, Marsha (22 February 2010). "Interchange to open amid controversy". Stow Sentry. http://www.stowsentry.com/news/article/4773169. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  13. ^ Dyer, Bob (February 12, 2010). "Photo op creates roadblock". Akron Beacon Journal. http://www.ohio.com/news/84206507.html. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  14. ^ Freeman, Laura (February 24, 2010). "New Route 8 exit opens for traffic". Hudson Hub-Times. http://www.hudsonhubtimes.com/news/article/4775559. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 

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