Ohio State Route 281

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State Route 281

Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length50.71 mi[1][2][3] (81.61 km)
Major junctions
West end US 24 near Defiance
East end US 6 near Bradner
CountryUnited States
CountiesDefiance, Henry, Wood
Highway system
  • Ohio State Highway System
SR 280 SR 282

State Route 281 (SR 281) is an east–west state highway in the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Ohio. Its western terminus is at U.S. Route 24 approximately four miles (6.4 km) northeast of downtown Defiance, and its eastern terminus is at US 6 nearly one mile (1.6 km) north of Bradner. The majority of the route is known as the Defiance Pike.[4]

Route description

Central Custar

The state route begins at a diamond interchange with the US 24 freeway (exit 28). The interchange is partially within the city limits of Defiance and partially in Richland Township. Defiance County Route 175 heads north from the interchange while SR 281 heads south along Domersville Road often crossing between Defiance and Richland Township.[5] After a traffic signal at a connector road to Defiance County Route 424, the route crosses the Maumee River on a plate girder bridge. A short distance later, SR 281 intersects SR 18 and the two routes form a concurrency and head east out of the city past a General Motors factory. After 1.6 miles (2.6 km), the SR 18 concurrency ends and SR 281 continues due east. Outside of the Defiance area, the route's surroundings becomes much more agricultural. After exiting Defiance County, it enters Henry County. SR 281 does not pass through any incorporated villages through Henry County, but it intersects State Routes 108, 109, and 65. After crossing into Wood County, SR 281 enters the small village of Custar. SR 281 continues east intersecting SR 235 and SR 25 but also passes over Interstate 75 without an interchange. After its intersection with SR 199, SR 281 turns to the northeast and enters the village of Wayne. Through Wayne, the route has the road names of Main Street and Church Street. One and a half miles (2.4 km) northeast of Wayne, SR 281 then passes through the village of Bradner first on Church Street, then due north on Main Street. SR 281 ends at as stop-controlled intersection with US 6 about one mile (1.6 km) north of Bradner.[4] The road continues north as the Freedom Township-maintained Bradner Road.[6]


SR 281 was first designated on its current alignment in 1930, but only on the five-mile-long (8.0 km) segment between SR 109 and SR 65 in Henry County.[7][8] In 1934, the route was extended east into Wood County to end at then-US 25 and US 68 in Wood County (modern-day SR 25) and within one year, was extended west to SR 18 near Defiance.[9][10] The route was extended further east to its current eastern terminus in 1939 when SR 281 was routed over county roads and SR 297 from Wayne through Bradner to US 6.[11][12] The route would remain unchanged for 33 years except for becoming fully asphalt-paved by 1950.[13]

In 1972, SR 281 was extended west on a new bridge over the Maumee River and over existing roads to end at the US 24 bypass of Defiance and Napoleon.[14][15] The road between CR 424 (formerly SR 424) and US 24 had been designated as a part of US 24 during the time the Defiance bypass was complete but the Napoleon portion was still under construction.[16][17] The at-grade intersection with US 24 was replaced by a diamond interchange in 2007 as a part of the widening of US 24 through northwestern Ohio.[18]

Major intersections

US 24 / CR 175 (Domersville Road)Exit 28 (US 24); diamond interchange
SR 18 west (East Second Street) / Florence Avenue – Defiance
Western end of SR 18 concurrency
Richland Township3.896.26
SR 18 east – Holgate
Eastern end of SR 18 concurrency
HenryFlatrock Township12.9720.87 SR 108 – Napoleon, Holgate
Monroe Township17.1727.63 SR 109 – Malinta, Hamler
Richfield Township22.1835.70 SR 65 – McClure, Ottawa
WoodMilton Township30.2448.67 SR 235 (Otsego Pike) – Weston, Hoytville
township line
SR 25 (South Dixie Highway) – Bowling Green, Findlay
Montgomery Township44.6871.91 SR 199 (McCutcheonville Road) – Perrysburg, Fostoria
township line
50.7181.61 US 6 (Bowling Green Road) / Bradner Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services DESTAPE - Defiance County" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  2. ^ a b Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services DESTAPE - Henry County" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  3. ^ a b Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services DESTAPE - Wood County" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  4. ^ a b Google (August 29, 2014). "Ohio State Route 281" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  5. ^ Defiance County, Ohio (PDF) (Map). ODOT. June 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  6. ^ Wood County, Ohio (PDF) (Map). ODOT. June 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  7. ^ Map of Ohio Showing State Routes (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by Robert N. Waid, Director. Ohio Division of Highways. 1929. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  8. ^ Map of Ohio Showing State Highway System (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by Robert N. Waid, Director. ODOH. 1930. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  9. ^ Map of Ohio Showing State Highway System (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by O.W. Merrell, Director. ODOH. 1933. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  10. ^ Map of Ohio Showing State Highway System (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by O.W. Merrell, Director. ODOH. 1934. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  11. ^ Official 1938 Ohio Highway Map (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by John Jaster, Jr., Director. ODOH. 1938. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  12. ^ Ohio Highway Map 1939 (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by Robt. S. Beightler, Director. ODOH. 1939. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  13. ^ Ohio Highway Map 1950 (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by T.J. Kauer, Director. ODOH. 1950. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  14. ^ 1971 Ohio Highway Map (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by J. Phillip Richley, Director. ODOH. 1971. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  15. ^ 1972 Ohio Highway Map (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by J. Phillip Richley, Director. ODOH. 1972. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  16. ^ Ohio Official Highway Map (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by ODOH. ODOH. 1964. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  17. ^ 1967 Official Highway Map (MrSID) (Map). Cartography by P.E. Masheter, Director. ODOH. 1967. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  18. ^ "Christmas and New Year's Holiday Traffic Update" (PDF) (Press release). ODOT. December 20, 2007. p. 1. Retrieved August 29, 2014. The interchange with SR 281 and U.S. 24 is now open.

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