End of US highway 223

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Additional research and/or photo credits: Andy Field; Dan Garnell; Don Hargraves; Jeff Morrison; Alex Nitzman

Approx. time period North terminus South terminus
1930-1961 Somerset, MI Toledo, OH (Summit)
1961-1987 Somerset, MI Toledo, OH (I-280)
1987-present Somerset, MI Sylvania, OH

US 223 was commissioned in 1930 along what had until then been the southernmost segment of US 127. Its north end has always been in Somerset MI. The photo below is from eastbound US 12:

Hargraves, 2002 (signs replaced by 2013)

About a half-mile to the right on US 127, the mainline becomes US 223, and US 127 traffic has to exit to the right:

Hargraves, 2002

That overhead signage has since been replaced:

Morrison, Oct. 2013

If you veer left there, you'll see the first southbound US 223 sign:

Hargraves, 2002

Heading the opposite direction, the photo below shows the "End" signage...

Hargraves, 2002

...which has also been replaced:

Morrison, Oct. 2013

Approaching Somerset from the south on US 127, there's the interesting sign shown below:

Hargraves, 2002

Don says that was in "construction zone" orange; I wonder why they didn't just use a standard "Jct US 223" assembly. Maybe there are a lot of accidents at the intersection, which is shown below:

Hargraves, 2002

Signage in the background is shown close-up below:

Morrison, Oct. 2013


Originally the south end of US 223 was in Toledo OH; you can view photos from there on this page.


In 1987 US 223's south end was realigned to go due east from Riga MI, where it connects with the US 23 freeway at interchange 5. US 223 is co-signed with US 23 down to the Ohio line...

Hargraves, 2002

...but the mainline is not signed in Ohio:

Hargraves, 2002

Based on that, one might be inclined to believe that the US 223 designation ends at the Ohio line. However, Ohio officially considers the route's end to be at the hwy. 51/184 interchange (the first southbound exit, for which you can see the green sign in the distance). If you exit there, you'll see an "End US 223" sign on the offramp:

Field/Nitzman, Sep. 2005

That's Monroe Street running across the photo. It actually carried the original US 223, so it's kind of ironic that modern US 223 ends at its own historic route. The photo below is looking west on Monroe, from the opposite side of the US 23 freeway:

Morrison, Oct. 2013

Monroe curves to the left - that was the route of historic US 223, but today this is OH 51, which ends at the intersection just ahead, where Alexis Road (OH 184) comes in from the right. Note that Ohio signs this "West" on 223 - which is very odd, because the half-mile segment that exists in Ohio is about as north/south as you can get, and the remainder of the highway in Michigan is signed north/south! After making that curve, one used to encounter the sign bridge shown below:

Field/Nitzman, Sep. 2005

Originally US 223 continued northbound by going straight ahead for about a half-mile before angling north on Sylvania's Main Street. But today US 223 begins to the right with US 23. In 2013 this interchange was reconfigured to include roundabouts, and signage was replaced; there is no longer any mention of US 223 heading this direction. Same heading the opposite direction (east) on Monroe, but overhead signage used to have it correct:

Garnell, Jan. 2003

It wasn't mentioned on that sign, but OH 51 (Monroe) angles to the right (that's how you get to the onramp for northbound US 23/223). US 223 used to follow that road all the way downtown (as did US 127 before that). The photo below was looking north on US 23 at interchange 234 (the last exit in Ohio):

Hargraves, 2002

Suddenly a US 223 sign appeared along with US 23 - it's rare that a US route terminus occurs at a junction with a state route (instead of another US route or an interstate). US 223 is not mentioned there anymore, nor ahead on the reassurance post:

Hargraves, 2002

That's the last trailblazer in Ohio - the blue sign in the median marks the Michigan line. But shortly after you cross it, you find that you are indeed on US 223:

Hargraves, 2002