Ohio Roads - US 6

US 6

Button copy EB around Napoleon.

Courtesy John Krakoff, I believe this was on US 6 WB because it's the only approach to town with trees.

A lot of people pass the EHCRWA water tower at Hill Rd. in Vickery while heading to Sandusky on US 6. Every one of them swears they know exactly what it stands for. Erie and Huron Counties must be the EHC. W is Water, so A must be Authority. R must be Regional. Well, because Google actually has no citations, I'll make my entry into their search engine to help future generation. EHCRWA: Erie Huron County Rural Water Authority. Why is it so hard to find? Because it's now Northern Ohio Rural Water.

Get your history here, on the west side of Sandusky. US 6 turns onto Venice Rd. at the second sign.

EB and WB detour signs are up and covered at that turn. While I can't see most of them, I can see 2-digit shields for a 3-digit route.

Another set of EB and WB detour shields on US 6 along Venice Rd. At least the WB one is no longer on US 6, which was being built on a new alignment to the south to get over the railroad that Venice Rd. crosses at grade. I'm sure the OH 101 detour was related to that work, since it now shares that grade separation.

Here's an EB photo on Venice Rd. as it meets back up with the modern US 6 alignment (now with OH 101). These mini-signs reflect the old traffic pattern before US 6 was realigned, but it may still have been US 6 EB when I was there in 2013. Before the bypass, this was US 6 turning left toward the waterfront in the left lane, joining OH 101 NB. (Cedar Point should have a left arrow for consistency, but it's pointing down to that lane.) The center lane follows Anderson St. to Perkins Ave. as a southern bypass of Sandusky and thus connecting to routes such as OH 4, while the right lane turns right onto Tiffin Ave. That used to be OH 101 SB across the same railroad tracks that Venice Rd. crosses, but that grade crossing was closed once the US 6 bypass opened, so now US 6 West is also to the right. No credit to Sandusky, because those signs were still there as of 2018.

Downtown historical markers. OH 101 ends right around here as OH 4 comes in on Columbus Ave.

Speak of the devil, this Sandusky special unisign marks the beginnings of two state routes. The left turn should be on the bottom.

On the Cedar Point Causeway/Cedar Pt. Blvd. SB, with a view of Sandusky and signs to no particular standard. All the signs are correct. The first two signs are on the Causeway, and the right lane turns onto 1st St. If you continue on, though, as much traffic does, the traffic pattern changes at US 6. I don't know why Cedar Point decided to sign its exit so mysteriously.

Here's another Sandusky special, EB at the north end of US 250, which leads to OH 2 and the Ohio Tpk. The way the sign is arranged, you might think US 6 also turns right, or that OH 2 also begins to the right, or that US 250 hasn't begun yet. It has. Right here. This was since replaced with a more standard assembly, but with the exact same messages to maintain confusion.

I find it hard to call this a freeway to begin with when it has a cross street with a stop sign. You could interpret the blank numeral as "0," in which case it's perfectly fitting. US 6 EB is really just exiting from OH 2 EB here with a brief divided 4-lane, not a freeway of its own.

An old curb-divided roadway leads into Vermilion to the 1928 Vermilion River bridge. US 6 EB only goes straight across the bridge in one lane, so why is an overhead sign needed? It spoils the aesthetic.

Scenes from the northeast side of the bridge at McGarvey's Landing. Here, the lane assignments make more sense.

Eastbound across a barely newer span, the 1940 Erie Ave. Bridge in Lorain.

EB and WB faces of a former railroad line feeding an energy plant in Avon Lake, then east over Porter Creek.

Right before OH 2 merges into US 6, there's button copy on the EB ramp to Lake Rd., which US 6 has been following until now. As you see, Lake Rd. then turns right and heads under this railroad underpass. What you don't see is that this is officially the west end of US 6 Alt., which heads into Cleveland on Detroit Ave. while US 6 follows OH 2/US 20 (see big link at bottom).

Just after US 20 leaves US 6 in the center of downtown Cleveland, US 322 magically begins. The rest of the old signs downtown are on the US 6/20 page (see big link below).

US 6 EB in Andover where it joins OH 7. Judging from the shield, this sign dates to between World War II and Jimmy Carter. Straight ahead, old US 6 continues as OH 85, across the bi-state Pymatuning Reservoir into Pennsylvania. US 6 takes the long way around the top of the reservoir for no good reason. (Maybe, at some point, there was no bridge over the Reservoir, but that condition was quite temporary.)

US 6 WB just after entering the state from Pennsylvania, courtesy Michael Summa and taken in 1970 with black and white film. The arrows are 1960's vintage, and notice that the Ohio outline on the OH 7 shield is distorted to match the northeastern tip to the northwestern boundary, when it really should be somewhat higher.

Onto OH 2 with US 6/20
US 6/20

Fremont City Route 12 and Routes 6/12
Fremont City Route 53 and Routes 6/12/53

Into Pennsylvania on US 6
Onto US 24
To the Ohio Turnpike, I-80 and I-90
Onto OH 4
To Cedar Point (Non-Roads)
Onto US 250
To OH 2 without US 6/20
Onto US 322
Onto OH 7
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