Interstate 74 in Indiana
Interstate 74 or I -74 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Indiana. The highway runs through the central part of the state, forming an east-west route. The highway begins at the Illinois border at Foster and runs through the state capital Indianapolis to the Ohio border at West Harrison. Apart from the capital, there are no places of interest along the route. The highway is 276 kilometers long.
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I-74 at Shelbyville, between Indianapolis and Cincinnati.
At Foster, Interstate 74 in Illinois crosses the border into Indiana. Shortly afterwards you cross the Wabash River and a little further on the US 41, a main road from Terre Haute to Chicago. The scenery in Indiana isn’t much more interesting than in Illinois along the route and is mostly flat pastures. US 136 runs parallel to the route. At the town of Crawfordsville, US 231 crosses from Bloomington to Lafayette, two regional towns in central Indiana. I-74 then veers slightly southeast, reaching the Indianapolis metropolitan area about 70 miles (110 km) after the Illinois border.
I-74 does not pass through the city, but follows the Interstate 465 beltway. At Speedway, one enters I-465 and then crosses Interstate 70, which comes from St. Louis. On the south side of Indianapolis, one crosses Interstate 65, the highway from Louisville to Chicago. This section of the ring road has 2×3 to 2×4 lanes. On the southeast side of Indianapolis, I-74 exits from the beltway.
I-74 then keeps a strong southeasterly direction, with few places of interest on the route to the border. In the east, the terrain becomes more hilly, due to tributaries of the Ohio River. At West Harrison, I-74 crosses the Ohio border and continues into Ohio’s Interstate 74 to Cincinnati.
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I-74 as you approach Indianapolis.
I-74’s predecessor was US 136 west of Indianapolis and largely, but not completely, US 421, as far as Greensburg. The historic route between Indianapolis and Cincinnati was US 52, but I-74 was built further south than US 52.
I-74 was the first Interstate Highway in Indiana to go under construction, although it was not the first interstate highway in Indiana, the Indiana Toll Roadhad been opened earlier. A 17-mile stretch from Wanamaker to Shelbyville southeast of Indianapolis was the first section to open in 1960. Also in 1960, the westernmost section of I-74 opened near Covington. Construction on I-74 progressed at a rapid pace in the first half of the 1960s, a long stretch opened in the southeast of the state in 1964, and by 1965 I-74 was completed from Indianapolis to the Ohio border. It was also then possible to bypass Indianapolis via the I-465 ring road. After that, the missing part in the west of the state was built in a short time and in 1967 I-74 was completely driveable from the border with Illinois to the border to Ohio. I-74 was the first Interstate Highway in Indiana to be completed.
The rapid construction of I-74 is remarkable as it was not one of the most important corridors in the United States, and regionally the eastern part between Indianapolis and Cincinnati is an important connection, but to the west there are no major cities.. The priority may be because on other major corridors the US Highways were already equipped with 2×2 lanes before the construction of I-65 and I-70. On the I-74 corridor, the US Highways were still single-lane in the 1960s.
|Exit 96 Wanamaker||Exit 113 Shelbyville||27 km||00-00-1960|
|Illinois state line||Exit 8 Covington||13 km||00-00-1960|
|Exit 113 Shelbyville||Exit 119 Andersonville||10 km||00-00-1961|
|Exit 8 Covington||Exit 15 Veedersburg (US 41)||11 km||00-00-1962|
|Exit 58 Lizton||Exit 73 I-465||24 km||00-00-1962|
|Exit 94 I-465||Exit 96 Wanamaker||3 km||00-00-1962|
|Exit 119 Andersonville||Exit 123 St. Paul||6 km||00-00-1963|
|Exit 169 New Trenton (US 52)||Ohio state line||4 km||00-00-1963|
|Exit 123 St. Paul||Exit 164 Saint Leon||66 km||00-00-1964|
|Exit 164 Saint Leon||Exit 169 New Trenton (US 52)||8 km||00-00-1965|
|Exit 15 Veedersburg (US 41)||Exit 58 Lizton||69 km||00-00-1967|
Some 17,500 vehicles cross the Illinois border every day, dropping to about 14,700 halfway to Indianapolis. In Indianapolis, I-74 is double-numbered with the I-465 ring road, this section has a maximum of 127,000 vehicles per day. Immediately after the ring road, there are still 36,000 vehicles. To the east, the intensities drop slightly to about 20,000 vehicles per day.
Interstate 469 in Indiana
Interstate 469 or I -469 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Indiana. The highway forms a bypass east of the larger city of Fort Wayne in the northeastern part of the state. At both the beginning and the end, the highway connects with Interstate 69, the highway from Indianapolis to Lansing. The highway is 50 kilometers long.
South of Fort Wayne, I-469 branches off Interstate 69, and then circles the city in a fairly wide arc, which explains the length of the highway. One passes with 2×2 lanes along the airport of Fort Wayne, a city of 251,000 inhabitants. One crosses the US 27 and US 33, which are double-numbered here, and walk towards Decatur and Richmond. On the east side of the city, you cross US 30, which leads to Findlay in Ohio. Shortly afterwards, you cross the US 24, which leads to Toledo in Ohio. Fort Wayne is therefore a fairly important hub in the region. On the north side of Fort Wayne, I-469 rejoins Interstate 69.
The city of Fort Wayne was originally served only by Interstate 69, which runs along the west side of the city. Through traffic from the east, particularly from US 24 and US 30, had to cut through downtown Fort Wayne to reach I-69. That is why an eastern ring road was built. Construction began in 1988 and the highway has been opened in phases from south to north. In 1990, a long section opened around the south side of Fort Wayne, then reached US 30. Circa 1993, a short extension opened along the east side of Fort Wayne to SR-37, and in 1995 the remaining section opened along the north side of Fort Wayne.
The plan was to build a complete ring around Fort Wayne, but prioritization has put this plan on hold. Population growth in and around Fort Wayne is moderate and I-69 has already been widened to 2×3 lanes.
|Exit 0 I-69 (South)||Exit 19 US 30||31 km||00-00-1990|
|Exit 19 US 30||Exit 25 SR-37||10 km||00-00-1993|
|Exit 25 SR-37||Exit 31 I-69 (North)||10 km||00-00-1995|
Every day, 15,000 to 20,000 vehicles travel on the southern portion of I-469, up to 35,000 vehicles on the East Ring and 30,000 vehicles on most of the North Ring, except just before I-69, which has 47,000 vehicles.