State Route 21 in Ohio
According to A2zdirectory, State Route 21 or OH-21 is a state route and semi – freeway in the U.S. state of Ohio. The road forms a north-south route from Strasburg via Massillon to Cleveland and is 96 kilometers long.
State Route 21 begins at a junction with Interstate 77 in Strasburg and heads north, some distance west of I-77. You then reach the town of Massillon. Between US 30 and Massillon, State Route 21 is a short 2×2 freeway with grade separated intersections, but it is interrupted by traffic lights at downtown Massillon. North from Massillon to I-77 at Copley, State Route 21 has 2×2 lanes but is not a full freeway as there are still some intersections with traffic lights. Parts of the route are highway-like and not all intersecting roads are at the same level. At Copley, State Route 21 rejoins I-77.
State Route 21 runs along with I-77 between Copley and Richfield. North of Richfield, State Route 21 runs through the southern suburbs of Cleveland, parallel to I-77. This part is of secondary importance. The road ends again on I-77 in Cuyahoga Heights.
State Route 21 is a remnant of the former US 21 in this part of Ohio. Remarkably enough, US 21 did not go through Akron, but a little way west of the city, so that there was no direct connection by US Highway between larger cities like Akron and Cleveland, a rather unique situation in the United States. US 21 has largely been replaced by I-77 in the Akron and Cleveland regions.
State Route 21 was largely a divided highway and was widened to 2×2 lanes between Montrose and Cleveland in the 1940s. Later, I-77 was largely built over this. The section from Massillon to Montrose was widened to 2×2 lanes between 1959 and 1965 with occasional grade-separated intersections. A small area near Doylestown was doubled a little later, around 1970.
Ohio State Route 37
According to agooddir, State Route 37 or OH-37 is a state route in the U.S. state of Ohio. The road forms a fairly long diagonal route through the middle of the state, from Findlay through Delaware to McConnelsville. Most of the route is secondary in character, but a small 7-mile section between Alexandria and Granville is part of the freeway from Columbus to Newark. The total route is 280 kilometers long.
OH-37 begins in Findlay, a small town off Interstate 75. OH-37 then follows a secondary route to the town of Delaware, west of faster US 23. This section passes through small villages and is a regular two-lane road. Between Delaware and Sunbury, OH-37 coincides with US 36. This section is a 2×2 divided highway and connects to Interstate 71. From Subury the road heads in a southeasterly direction with the meadows gradually giving way to afforestation. The landscape also becomes a bit more hilly.
Between Alexandria and Granville, OH-37 forms part of the freeway from Columbus to Newark. West of Alexandria it is numbered OH-161, east of Granville as OH-16. After 7 kilometers, OH-37 turns off the freeway and heads south to Lancaster, crossing Interstate 70.
From Lancaster, OH-37 heads east again, across the sparsely populated countryside of southeastern Ohio. This area is hilly and heavily wooded. There are a few small villages on the route, the road crosses the Muskingum River and ends in the town of McConnelsville.
The original OH-37 only ran from Lancaster to Marietta in southeastern Ohio. In 1932, the route was extended far northwest to Findlay, crossing most of the state of Ohio. However, in 1935 the section between McConnelsville and Marietta was renumbered OH-78.
Between Alexandria and Granville, OH-37 lifts 7 kilometers on the fairly long freeway from Columbus to Newark, which runs parallel to I-70. This section opened to traffic in June 2010.
State Route 44 in Ohio
State Route 44 or OH-44 is a state route in the U.S. state of Ohio. The road forms a north-south route through the northeast of the state, from Waynesburg to Headlands Beach State Park in Painesville, part of the Cleveland Metropolitan Area. In Painesville, SR-44 is a short freeway. The total route is 131 kilometers long.
Waynesburg is a village southeast of the city of Canton. State Route 44 heads north, some distance parallel to Interstate 77. The road passes east of Canton and along Akron. The largest town on the route is Ravenna. State Route 44 also passes just east of the Cleveland metro area. It crosses three Interstate Highways, I-76, I-80 and I-90. The section from I-90 to State Route 2 in Painesville is a short 6-kilometer freeway. The highway has 2×2 lanes and is partly sunken. The node with the SR-2 is a half stack. After that, State Route 44 is 1 kilometer with SR-2 double-numbered to the west, then forms the access road to Headlands Beach State Park on Lake Erie. State Route 44 ends here.
State Route 44 is primarily a secondary rural route, connecting villages, as well as the town of Ravenna. The main part is near Lake Erie, where State Route 44 is a short freeway through Painesville, and access is to Headlands Beach State Park, one of Ohio’s most visited beaches. State Route 44 was created in 1924.
The Ravenna bypass opened to traffic in about 1956. The highway along Painesville was built around 1963-1964. Shortly afterwards, about 1965, a new route was constructed from I-90 to Chardon, before that OH-44 went slightly more east via Concord.