Indiana State Road 2

State Road 2 (SR 2) in the U.S. State of Indiana is an east–west route running from the Illinois border at Illinois Route 17 east to the outskirts of South Bend, Indiana, at the U.S. Route 20/U.S. Route 31 freeway, also known as the St. Joseph Valley Parkway. This is a distance of 80.98 miles (130.32 km).

State Road 2 marker

State Road 2
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length81.032 mi[2] (130.408 km)
ExistedOctober 1, 1926[1]–present
Major junctions
West end IL 17 near Lowell
  US 41 near Lowell
I-65 near Dinwiddie
US 231 in Hebron
US 30 in Valparaiso
US 6 in Westville
US 421 in Westville
US 35 in La Porte
US 20 in Rolling Prairie
East end US 20 / US 31 in South Bend
Location
CountiesLake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph
Highway system
SR 1SR 3

Route descriptionEdit

Illinois to ValparaisoEdit

SR 2 begins at the Illinois–Indiana State Line where Illinois Route 17 ends. SR 2 heads northeast toward U.S. Route 41 (US 41) and is concurrent with US 41 for 2.64 miles (4.25 km). It then heads east toward Lowell; beyond Lowell there is a short concurrency with State Road 55 (SR 55), followed by an interchange with Interstate 65 (I-65) at exit number 240. About 4 miles (6.4 km) to the east, SR 2 joins U.S. Route 231 (US 231) and they are concurrent for 2.17 miles (3.49 km). After SR 2 leaves US 231 it heads north-northeast toward Valparaiso.[3][4]

Valparaiso to LaPorteEdit

SR 2 enters Valpariso from the southwest and joins U.S. Route 30 (US 30). At the State Road 49 (SR 49) exit, SR 2 joins SR 49 north. Soon after SR 2 leaves SR 49 and heads northeast toward LaPorte. Passing through Westville, there is a short concurrency with U.S. Route 421 (US 421).[3][4]

LaPorte to South BendEdit

SR 2 enters LaPorte from the west along with State Road 39 (SR 39). In downtown LaPorte SR 2 has an intersection with U.S. Route 35 (US 35); here, SR 39 is concurrent with US 35. From this point, SR 2 is a four-lane divided highway. SR 2 heads northeast from LaPorte to Rolling Prairie where it meets US 20. Here, US 20 and SR 2 switch alignments at a roundabout interchange; US 20 follows the north and west legs of the interchange, while SR 2 follows the south and east legs. On the west side of South Bend, SR 2 ends at an interchange with US 20 and U.S. Route 31 (US 31).[3][4]

HistoryEdit

SR 2 has been largely replaced by the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/Interstate 90) and by US 20. SR 2 appears to be part of an old alignment from Kankakee, Illinois, to South Bend and runs more diagonally than other east–west state highways in Indiana.

In Valparaiso, SR 2 has been rerouted around the downtown and central business districts of the city. Instead of traveling through the city along Washington Street, SR 2 shares portions of the routes of US 30 and the Valparaiso Bypass (SR 49).

Several times in its history, SR 2 has run along the path of the Lincoln Highway.

Old Indiana State Route 2Edit

Until the completion of the St. Joseph Valley Parkway around the South Bend – Elkhart area, SR 2 continued to downtown South Bend, mostly along Western Avenue (which remains, but no longer has state highway markers). SR 2 originally followed the Lincoln Highway to Fort Wayne before U.S. Route 33 (US 33) supplanted it east of downtown South Bend. Part of SR 2's former routing is now State Road 933 (SR 933).

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
LakeWest Creek Township0.0000.000  IL 17 west – KankakeeContinuation into Illinois
West Creek Township3.4335.525  US 41 south – Terre HauteSouthern end of US 41 concurrency
6.0559.745  US 41 northNorthern end of US 41 concurrency
Cedar Creek Township12.07619.434  SR 55 north (Grant Street) – Crown Point, GaryWestern end of SR 55 concurrency
12.58320.250  SR 55 south – FowlerEastern end of SR 55 concurrency
Eagle Creek Township14.739–
14.889
23.720–
23.962
  I-65 – Indianapolis, Gary
PorterHebron20.09932.346  US 231 – LafayetteSouthern end of US 231 concurrency
22.12435.605  SR 8 eastWestern terminus of SR 8
22.27835.853  US 231Northern end of US 231 concurrency
Valparaiso35.70657.463  US 30 west – Dyerwestern end of US 30 concurrency
37.864–
38.276
60.936–
61.599
   US 30 east / SR 49 south – Fort WayneEastern end of US 30 concurrency; Southern end of SR 49 concurrency
38.99762.760  SR 49 north – PorterNorthern end of SR 49 concurrency
LaPorteWestville47.20675.971  US 6 – Hobart, Bremen
48.10277.413  US 421 south (North Flynn Street) – Westville, IndianapolisSouthern end of US 421 concurrency
49.23079.228  US 421 north – Michigan CityNorthern end of US 421 concurrency
La Porte58.31293.844  SR 39 south (Longwood Drive)Western end of SR 39 concurrency
59.64595.989   US 35 / SR 39 north (Pine Lake / Indiana Avenue)Eastern end of SR 39 concurrency
59.76596.182  SR 4 eastWestern terminus of SR 4
Rolling Prairie67.976109.397  US 20 – Michigan City, South BendSR 2 and US 20 switch alignments; Roundabout interchange[5][6]
St. JosephSouth Bend80.559–
81.032
129.647–
130.408
   US 20 / US 31 (St. Joseph Valley Parkway) – Elkhart, Indianapolis, Niles
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Road Numbers to Be Changed". The Hancock-Democrat. The Indianapolis News. September 30, 1926. Retrieved June 9, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  2. ^ a b Indiana Department of Transportation (July 2016). Reference Post Book (PDF). Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Google (October 25, 2018). "overview map of SR 2" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Indiana Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Indiana Department of Transportation. 2011–2012. § C3-A6.
  5. ^ Indiana Department of Transportation LaPorte District. "US 20 and SR 2 Proposed Interchange Project". Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  6. ^ Robinson, Travis (March 18, 2019). "US 20 & SR 2 Construction Project Aims to Make the Road Safer". WNDU-TV. Retrieved March 20, 2019.

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