|U.S. Route 33|
|Length:||709 mi (1,141 km)|
|East end:||US 250 / SR 33 in Richmond, VA|
| I-81 in Harrisonburg, VA
219 / US
250 at Elkins, WV
|North end:||US 20 at Elkhart, IN|
U.S. Route 33 is a United States highway that runs northwest-southeast for 709 miles (1,141 km) from northern Indiana to Richmond, Virginia. It continues east in Virginia as State Route 33 to Stingray Point, on the Chesapeake Bay near Deltaville, Virginia. Although most odd-numbered routes are north–south, US 33 is labeled east–west throughout its route except in Indiana where it is labeled north–south.
Beginning with its terminus at US 20 on the southeast side of Elkhart, US 33 is a winding road that cuts diagonally from northwest to southeast through Northeast Indiana and literally serves as Main Street or a portion of Main Street in several cities and towns, including Elkhart, Dunlap, Goshen and Churubusco.
The road is the main overland link between the Fort Wayne and South Bend metropolitan statistical areas. Comment: US 33 appears on paper to be the most direct route between Fort Wayne and South Bend. However, the narrow, twisting nature of the route leads most locals to prefer an alternate, such as US 30 to US 31.
From Elkhart, U.S. 33 continues southeast passing through the suburbs of Dunlap and Midway, Indiana before crossing State Road 15 and State Road 4 before continuing southeast toward Benton as Lincolnway East.
Southeast of Benton, U.S. 33 intersects with State Road 13 before joining with US 6 to become an east–west rural highway running for a few miles between just north of Lake Wawasee near Syracuse to Ligonier at the intersection of State Road 5, where US 33 splits from US 6 and turns south, joining State Road five as a north–south road for a few miles before splitting off to the southeast toward Kimmel as it enters Noble County.
US 33 continues southeast through Noble County until reaches Wolf Lake, where it serves as the northern terminus of State Road 109 before continuing until its intersection with State Road 9 at Merriam just north of the Whitley County line.
On the west side of Fort Wayne, US 33 intersects and joins with US 30 near Interstate 69 exit 109 and follows the interstate south, intersecting with State Road 14 and US 24 before turning east to follow the Interstate 469 bypass around the southwest side of Fort Wayne. At the intersection with State Road 1 south of the Fort Wayne International Airport, I-469/US 33 turns to the northeast until it reached the intersection of US 27 at the suburb of Hessen Cassel, where US 33 splits off again to the southeast to follow US 27 as a combined highway headed toward Decatur.
At Decatur, US 33/US 27 becomes a north–south road before it intersects with US 224 and continues as such until US 33 splits off from US 27 south of Decatur and heads east toward the Ohio state line, intersecting State Road 101 at pleasant Mills along the way.
US 33 enters Ohio from the west near Willshire as a two-lane route. It continues southeast as it crosses US 127 on its way to St. Marys, where it becomes a 4-lane parkway and eventually a controlled-access highway as it approaches Wapakoneta and I-75.
East of I-75 the road once again becomes a two-lane route as it continues to Lakeview and Russells Point near Indian Lake. At US 68 in Bellefontaine, US 33 becomes a controlled-access highway as it passes Campbell Hill, the highest point in Ohio, and continues through Marysville. Entering Franklin County, the road becomes multiplexed with State Route 161. It then intersects with I-270 in Dublin.
Going past I-270, the route loses its controlled access and goes though the Dublin Historic District and across the Scioto River. The multiplex with Route 161 ends here as that road continues east towards Worthington. US 33 heads south on Riverside Drive towards downtown Columbus, following the Scioto River and creating the western border of Upper Arlington, where it passes Griggs Reservoir, a dam that is one of the main sources of water for the city of Columbus. The road changes names two times, first to Dublin Road at the intersection with Trabue Road, and then to Spring/Long Streets at State Route 315. The route continues south on 3rd/4th Streets and then east on Livingston Avenue heading towards Driving Park.
In Bexley, the route veers southeast onto College Avenue and intersects with Interstate 70. After the traffic light at Petzinger Road, the route becomes a controlled access highway. It subsequently intersects State Route 104, I-270 (for the second time), and State Route 317 (Hamilton Road). Following the Ebright Road overpass, the highway continues as a non limited access expressway.
Construction of a Lancaster bypass started at the end of 1990s and was completed in 2005. The new highway is completely limited access, which saves motorists up to 15 minutes versus going through the city. Continuing southeast, the highway enters the Hocking Hills region as an expressway. Near Logan, the highway again becomes limited access for approximately 13 miles (21 km). As the road approaches Nelsonville, it becomes a windy 2 lane road which runs near the Hocking River. Further southeast towards Athens, the expressway design resumes followed by a brief limited access section near the intersection with U.S. 50 and Ohio State Route 32. There are plans within the Ohio Department of Transportation that will turn much of 33 south of Columbus into a controlled access highway as the southeastern part of Ohio lacks a sufficient road artery.
US 33 extends 248 miles (399 km) in West Virginia from the Ohio River to the Virginia state line. Shortly after entering West Virginia, US 33 intersects with I-77.
After passing through the town of Ripley, WV, US 33 joins US 119 at Spencer, WV. The road then passes through rural areas of Roane, Calhoun, Gilmer, and Lewis counties.
US 33 Intersects Interstate 79 at Weston, WV. US 33 from Interstate 79 east is 4 lane, built to Appalachian Development Highway System and is part of Corridor H. The 4 lane continues on through rural areas of Upshur, Barbour, and Randolph counties.
At Harding, WV, US 250 joins US 33 for several miles. At Elkins, WV US 33 joins SR 55, and returns to a 2 lane road, except for a seven mile (11 km) section of 4 lane across Kelly Mountain between Canfield, WV and Bowden, WV. US 33 joins SR 28 at Seneca Rocks, WV, and continues through rural areas of Pendleton County, WV.
US 220 joins US 33 for a brief time through the town of Franklin, WV. The road continues on into the mountains where it crosses the state line into Rockingham County, VA.
U.S. Route 33 extends 139 miles (224 km) in Virginia from the West Virginia state line to Richmond.
US 33 formerly ended in St. Joseph, Michigan, at the junction of the old U.S. Highway 12, was extended to a junction with Interstate 196 near Lake Michigan Beach, Michigan north of St. Joseph, and truncated south of Niles, Michigan (junction U.S. Highway 12), and at present at Elkhart, Indiana. Before its truncation it passed through South Bend, Indiana. The last truncation occurred in April 1998.
Segments of US 33 are freeways. These include St. Marys to Wapakoneta and Huntsville, Ohio (near Bellefontaine) to Dublin, Ohio. Dublin is a northwestern suburb of Columbus, where US 33 meets Interstate 270. Another segment of US 33 through Lancaster, Ohio has been rerouted to a new freeway bypass, and a bypass is also proposed for Nelsonville. The State of Ohio plans eventually to make US 33 a controlled-access freeway from the Interstate 75 interchange near Wapakoneta to Athens, Ohio, except for the section inside the Columbus beltway. US Route 33 has been rerouted from Ripley, West Virginia to Pomeroy, Ohio. From Ripley, the route follows Interstate 77, then exits at West Virginia Route 2. US 33 crosses the Ravenswood Bridge in Ravenswood, WV. The route then follows its new bypass to Pomeroy, Ohio that was created in 2003. In Pomeroy, US Route 33 intersects with Ohio State Route 124 and Ohio State Route 7.
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