According to Ablogtophone, US 52 is a US Highway in the US state of Ohio. The road forms an east-west route through the extreme south of the state, from the Cincinnati region to the Huntington region of West Virginia. The road follows the Ohio River valley for most of its route. The road is 330 kilometers long.
US 52 in Ohio.
US 52 in Indiana joins Interstate 74 from Indianapolis into the state of Ohio in Hamilton County, just west of Cincinnati. US 52 is double-numbered with Interstate Highways as far as downtown Cincinnati, first I-74, then a portion of Interstate 75. The road then follows Interstate 71 and US 50 through downtown. Here you cross the US 22, US 27 and US 42. At the Cincinnati Stadium, US 52 exits and heads east on Riverside Drive directly along the bank of the Ohio River. The road passes under Interstate 471 and briefly parallels US 50. The road continues past the Cincinnati Municipal Airport, then curves south and intersects Interstate 275. US 52 then follows the Ohio River southeast with 2×2 lanes to Point Pleasant, then narrows to one lane. The road forms a scenic route through Clermont and Brown County, although the height differences are not very large.
At Ripley a short double numbering follows with US 62 and US 68. The Ohio River valley gets rougher through Adams and Scioto County, with steep mountain slopes. There are only a few villages here and few major roads are crossed. After a while you reach the town of Portsmouth, where you cross the US 23. After this, US 52 becomes a highway for a while and later narrows to a 2×2 divided highway with intersections. At Chesapeake, the road crosses the Ohio River and enters West Virginia. US 52 in West Virginia then continues through Huntington towards Williamston and Bluefield.
US 52 was created in 1926. The route has not changed significantly in Ohio since, although the route west of Cincinnati has been replaced by the construction of Interstate 74 in Ohio, over which US 52 is routed. The remainder of US 52 follows the north bank of the Ohio River without passing through major cities, making the road primarily single-lane. Only the easternmost part is more urbanized, with US 52 being a divided highway with some freeway characteristics.
As early as the mid-1940s, the western portion between Miamitown and Cincinnati was widened to four lanes. The road follows a more secondary route through the city of Cincinnati, often directly along the Ohio River, and has been little upgraded. West of Cincinnati, US 52 completely coincides with I-74 and I-75. I-74 opened to traffic between 1962 and 1974.
Cincinnati – Portsmouth
Between Cincinnati and Portsmouth, US 52 is mostly a two-lane road that passes through each village. The road runs close to the Ohio River. The section from I-275 to New Richmond is constructed as a 2×2 divided highway, most of which was opened in 1965. Around 1974, the section connecting to I-275 opened.
Portsmouth – Chesapeake
In the late 1940s, short sections of the route on the outskirts of Portsmouth were widened to four lanes. In the late 1950s, work began to widen US 52 between Portsmouth and the West Virginia border in its entirety to 2×2 lanes. Around 1960-1961 a fairly long stretch between Ironton and Chesapeake was completed. In the second half of the 1960s, the section between Portsmouth and Ironton was widened to 2×2 lanes.
The bridge over the Ohio River to Huntington, West Virginia opened to traffic in 1926. It was replaced between 1991 and 1995 by the current four-lane Robert C. Byrd Bridge. US 52 ran over the West Huntington Bridge from 1970, which was built as a connection to Interstate 64 in West Virginia. Through traffic no longer had to pass through the center of Huntington.
Cincinnati is a city in the US state of Ohio. The city is located in the south of the state, on Ohio River. Cincinnati itself has 296,727 residents, but the metropolitan area, which also spans the neighboring states of Kentucky and Indiana, has more than 2.1 million. Cincinnati was founded in 1788 and became a city in 1819. Cincinnati has (by American standards) a large, old neighborhood, namely Over-the-Rhine. Many American insurance companies have their headquarters in Cincinnati. Cincinnati has an original train station. It used to be a busy station, but there were fewer and fewer trains. Between 1972 and 1980 there were no trains at all! The railway company wanted to demolish the building, but the city council was able to prevent that. The building has since been used as an exhibition space and was named Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. A train now stops six times a week in Cincinnati. It runs from Chicago to New York City (and vice versa). Public transport is carried out by buses. There were also plans for a subway in the past, but construction stopped in 1924. This means that there are a number of empty tunnels and stations under the city. They are, however, busy building a tram line. Cincinnati also has a large, busy airport: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.