It’s the latest in our “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” series — today looking one of the main transportation routes in Richland County and north central Ohio – US 30.
When established: November 11, 1926
Relationship to Lincoln Highway: Much of the historic Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway in America, became part of US 30 when it was established; it is still known by that name in many areas.
When first signs posted: July, 1927
Other original Mansfield federal highways: The “Mansfield-Ashland Road” was designated as US 42 (ditto for “road to Mount Gilead”); the “Sandusky-Mansfield-Mount Vernon Road” was designed as US 13.
Length: 3,742 miles
Rank among US highways in terms of length: 3rd longest
Western terminus: South end of Astoria-Megler Bridge in Astoria, Oregon
Eastern terminus: Intersection of Abescon Boulevard and Virginia Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Length in Ohio: 245 miles
Original route west of Mansfield: Between 1926 and 1931, US 30 took the route of today’s SR 309 through Galion and Marion
Divided highway: Between 1931 and 1975, US30 was divided into two divisions, called US 30N (north) and US 30S (south); after 1975, the former US 30N was re-designated as US 30.
Divided highway: US 30 is now a divided, four lane highway between the Indiana border and Canton
Interstates crossed, west to east: 5/84, 15, 80, 25, 29, 35, 55/80, 65, 75, 70/76, 95
States crossed, west to east: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
Future of US30: The future of US30 through Ohio may change based on the recent approval of the Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation of a regional transportation improvement project which would, if implemented, finally connect the state with an east-west divided highway. ODOT maintains an overall update site with the latest information on US30, which can be found here.
And, as Mansfielders in the know know, major work is being planned for the thoroughfare as it traverses the north side of the city. That project, to be completed in two stages, is currently scheduled to be completed in late 2021 at a cost of approximately $114 million.
Photo: Creative Commons License; Sources: Mansfield News Journal, July 7, 1926; WIkipedia