Many long established thoroughfares are presently being abandoned and vacated to make way for the erection of urban redevelopment programs and the construction of freeway systems. Similarly, the application of scientific principles of traffic engineering to the modernization of existing thoroughfares eliminates jogged intersections and reduces sharp curves, frequently entailing vacation of the abandoned portions of such relocated roads. Resubdividing undeveloped tracts sometimes necessitates vacation of dedicated but unimproved streets in favor of revised thoroughfare plans. Modern fashion has rendered many alleys and courts obsolete and unnecessary. To avoid the expense of their maintenance both abutting owners and governmental subdivisions often proceed to vacate them. Legislation and case law have developed procedural methods which are followed in vacating streets and determining the rights of abutters and the public to the vacated areas.
John L. Grecol, Vacation and Abandonment of Streets and Highways in Ohio, 12 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 549 (1963)