When it opened on Oct. 1, 1955 the Ohio Turnpike was a gathering point for celebration. Looking back, the opening of the turnpike represents an important moment in Ohio state transportation history. When it was built, the Ohio Turnpike represented the best of America’s transportation with a nonstop superhighway across the state.
During its peak construction, 10,000 workers were on the job, using 2,300 bulldozer graders, loaders, and other building equipment. The building of the 241-mile highway only took 38 months. During it opening day, traffic totaled 44,000 vehicles.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the turnpike's completion.
To learn more about the history of this highway, click below.