Existing Transportation System

“Improving the roadways will produce Downtown_Shelby_Ohiojobs, reduce travel time, increase public safety, and generate economic development for Richland County.” The bulk of travel, and goods movement, occurs over the roads and bridges that make up the majority of our transportation system. This system accommodates a wide variety of modes and trip purposes.


Richland County has approximately 1,576 miles of roads with 262 miles being Interstate, US, and State Routes. The remaining roadways fall under the jurisdiction of the county, townships, and municipalities.

Highway Functional Classification System

All roadways are classified under the Highway Functional Classification system. This information continues to be used for the basis of federal funding eligibility. Functional Classification is divided into two basic systems: rural and urban. There are 6 subcategories in each of these systems.