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State Road 3 (SR 3) in the U.S. State of Indiana is a discontinuous state highway running through eastern Indiana from near the Ohio River to near the Michigan state line. The southernmost terminus is at State Road 62 in Charlestown, and the northernmost terminus is at State Road 120 near Brighton.

State Road 3 marker

State Road 3
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length225.148 mi[2] (362.341 km)
ExistedOctober 1, 1926[1]–present
Southern segment
Length180.352 mi (290.248 km)
South end SR 62 in Charlestown
Major
junctions
US 50 in North Vernon
I-74 in Greensburg
US 52 in Rushville
I-70 near Spiceland
US 36 in Mount Summit
US 35 in Muncie
North end US 224 in Markle
Northern segment
Lima Road
Length44.796 mi (72.092 km)
South end I-69 / US 24 / US 27 / US 30 in Fort Wayne
Major
junctions
US 6 in Kendallville
US 20
North end SR 120 near Brighton
Location
CountiesClark, Scott, Jennings, Decatur, Rush, Henry, Delaware, Blackford, Wells, Huntington, Allen, DeKalb, Noble, LaGrange
Highway system
SR 2SR 4

The route was continuous until 1972, when the route was split into two segments that exist today.

Contents

Route descriptionEdit

Southern sectionEdit

SR 3 begins just south of Charlestown at SR 62 and heads north toward downtown Charlestown. When in downtown Charlestown SR 3 has an intersection with State Road 403 (SR 403). SR 3 heads north out of Charlestown. Then 17.17 miles (27.63 km) north of SR 403 there is a wrong-way concurrency with State Road 203 (SR 203) for 1.85 miles (2.98 km), meaning southbound SR 203 and northbound SR 3 are going the same direction. After SR 203, SR 3 heads north toward Vernon and then North Vernon. In North Vernon SR 3 has an intersection with U.S. Route 50 (US 50). After North Vernon SR 3 heads mainly due north for 22.52 miles (36.24 km) until State Road 46 (SR 46) just west of Greensburg. SR 3 joins SR 46 on a four-lane divided highway and then enters Greensburg from the southwest. After entering Greensburg SR 46 leaves SR 3 at Main Street. In downtown Greensburg SR 3 has an intersection with U.S. Route 421 (US 421).[3]

 
View of the north end of the southern section of State Road 3 at Markle

After US 421, SR 3 leaves Greensburg heading northeast, then just north. SR 3 has an interchange with Interstate 74 (I-74), 1.53 miles (2.46 km) from US 421. After I-74, SR 3 becomes a two-lane undivided highway. SR 3 has a concurrency with U.S. Route 52 (US 52) that lasts for 0.42 miles (0.68 km) in Rushville. SR 3 heads due north toward U.S. Route 40 (US 40) and then SR 3 heads east on US 40 for a short concurrency after 0.07 miles (0.11 km). After US 40, SR 3 has an interchange with interstate 70 (I-70), exit number 123 on I-70. Just south of I-70 SR 3 becomes a four-lane divided highway. After I-70, SR 3 passes near New Castle. SR 3 and U.S. Route 36 (US 36) have an interchange near Mount Summit. After US 36, SR 3 head north toward Muncie, where SR 3 has an interchange with State Road 67 (SR 67).[4]

At the interchange with SR 67, SR 3 heads east, then north along the bypass. Interchange includes U.S. Route 35 (US 35) south, State Road 32 (SR 32), and SR 67 north. The bypass is a limited-access highway.[4]

North of the Muncie Bypass, US 35 leaves SR 3 due west to Kokomo. After US 35, SR 3 heads due north to Markle. Passing through Hartford City, where SR 3 meets State Road 26 (SR 26). South of Markle SR 3 turns northeast, then SR 3 meets State Road 116 (SR 116). Then 0.46 miles (0.74 km) after SR 116, SR 3 comes to its northern terminus of the southern section of SR 3, at U.S. Route 224 (US 224).[5]

Northern sectionEdit

 
Southern terminus of the northern section of SR 3 at I-69 and the northern terminus of US 27 in Fort Wayne.

The southern terminus of the northern section of SR 3 begins at Interstate 69 (I-69) and the northern terminus of U.S. Route 27 (US 27). The road heads North from this point, as a six–lane major arterial passing through both commercial and residential areas. North of Dupont Road, on the northside of Fort Wayne, the road becomes a rural four–lane divided highway. North of Fort Wayne, the route bypasses Huntertown, 8.20 miles (13.20 km) north of I-69. The road then enters Dekalb County with and traffic light at State Road 205 (SR 205). Very soon after SR 205, the road enters Noble County, bypassing LaOtto and Avilla. In Noble County, the route passes through rural farming land and parallels an abandoned railroad track on its way to Kendallville. In Kendallville the route has a short concurrency with US 6. After the US 6 concurrency SR 3, becomes a two–lane rural highway heading due North, until Mongo where the road turns northwest. Entering into Brighton, SR 3 reaches its northern terminus at SR 120.[6]

HistoryEdit

Between 1972 and 1973, SR 3 was removed between US 224 in Markle and I-69 on the north side of Fort Wayne. The final route through the Fort Wayne metro area followed Indianapolis Road/Baer Road past the city's main airport (then known as Baer Field) to Lower Huntington Road in the Waynedale district of Fort Wayne. SR 3 there turned east onto that road for only a short distance, before turning north again onto Bluffton Road (SR 1). Bluffton Road hugs the bank of the St. Mary's River before curving east and crossing it. SR 1 and SR 3 then immediately turned south onto Broadway for two blocks before turning east onto Rudisill Boulevard. SR 1/SR 3 followed Rudisill Boulevard to Lafayette Street (US 27/US 33 northbound) and Clinton Street (US 27/US 33 southbound) at which points the state routes turned north to join the others heading to/from downtown Fort Wayne. In the heart of the city US 33 departed, then upon leaving downtown Lafayette Street becomes Spy Run Boulevard (still one way northbound) before joining Clinton Street on the north side of the city. Shortly thereafter, US 27/SR 1/SR 3 turned toward the northwest onto Northrop Street and Lima Road until they reached the I-69 interchange, where SR 3 continued north on Lima Road and US 27/SR 1 turned east onto northbound I–69. With SR 3 through traffic easily using the then-recently completed I-69 to bypass Fort Wayne, the route between US 224 and the junction with SR 1 on the southwest side was turned back over to local control and the SR 3 designation was removed along the portions shared with other routes within the city.[7][8]

Until 1980, SR 3 was concurrent with SR 62 until it reached Interstate 65 in Jeffersonville.[9]

In 1990, the four-lane upgrade from the DeKalb/Allen County line north of Huntertown to Kendallville was completed, bypassing the towns of LaOtto and Avilla. This made SR 3 four lanes for the 25 miles (40 km) from I-69 in Fort Wayne to US 6 in Kendallville.[10]

In early 2010, construction began on SR 3 widening for about 3 miles (4.8 km) from Ludwig Road in Fort Wayne to Dupont Road on the north side of Fort Wayne. This section of highway along Lima Road was widened from four lane divided roadway to six lane divided highway and was completed in November 2011.[11][12]

At one point, the northern terminus was at the Michigan State Line.

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
ClarkCharlestown0.0000.000  SR 62Southern terminus of SR 3
1.1371.830  CR 403 south – Sellersburgformer SR 403 south
Oregon Township11.40918.361  CR 203 north – Lexingtonformer SR 203 north
ClarkScott
county line
WashingtonLexington
township line
12.14719.549  SR 362 east – NabbWestern terminus of SR 362
ScottLexington Township15.76125.365  SR 356 – Vienna, Lexington
18.28229.422   SR 56 west / SR 203 north – ScottsburgSouth end of SR 56 / SR 203 overlap
20.11232.367  SR 203 south – LexingtonNorth end of SR 203 overlap
21.319–
21.437
34.310–
34.500
  SR 56 east – MadisonNorth end of SR 56 overlap
JeffersonGraham Township23.42837.704  SR 256 – Austin, Madison, Hardy Lake
JenningsMontgomery Township29.72547.838  SR 250 east – ParisSouthern end of SR 250 concurrency
29.97048.232  SR 250 west – Paris CrossingNorthern end of SR 250 concurrency
Vernon Township41.03166.033  SR 7 south – MadisonSouthern end of SR 7 overlap
North Vernon43.17969.490  US 50
Center Township45.51573.249   SR 7 north / SR 750 westNorthern end of SR 7 overlap; western end of SR 750 overlap
46.44174.740  SR 750 westEastern end of SR 750 overlap
DecaturClay Township67.626108.833  SR 46 west – ColumbusSouthern end of SR 46 concurrency
Craig71.029114.310   SR 46 east – Greensburg, Historic Tower Tree, AirportNorthern end of SR 46 concurrency
Greensburg72.616116.864  US 421 (North Michigan Avenue) – Business District
Washington Township73.943–
74.408
119.000–
119.748
  I-74 – Indianapolis, CincinnatiI-74 exit 134
RushAnderson Township83.431134.269  SR 244 – Milroy
Rushville91.373147.051  US 52 east – BrookvilleSouthern end of US 52 concurrency
91.767147.685  
   Truck US 52 west / Truck SR 44 (1st Street)
91.809147.752   US 52 west / SR 44 (2nd Street)Northern end of US 52 concurrency
HenrySpiceland Township105.375169.585  US 40 west – IndianapolisWestern end of US 40 concurrency
Dunreith106.108170.764  US 40 east – RichmondEastern end of US 40 concurrency
Spiceland Township110.483–
110.665
177.805–
178.098
  I-70 – Indianapolis, Columbus, OHExit 123 on I-70
New Castle116.495187.481  SR 38 (Broad Street) – Business District
Prairie Township121.610–
121.818
195.712–
196.047
  US 36 – Lynn, Mount Summitinterchange
DelawareMonroe Township131.232–
131.300
211.197–
211.307
  SR 67 south – Indianapolis, Muncie, Ivy TechSouthern end of SR 67 concurrency; interchange
Muncie132.805213.729  US 35 south – Richmond, Muncieinterchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance; south end of US 35 overlap
Center Township134.452216.380Memorial Driveinterchange
Muncie135.471218.019  SR 32 – Winchester, Muncieinterchange
Hamilton Township138.930223.586  SR 67 north – PortlandNorthern end of SR 67 concurrency; interchange
139.570224.616Muncie (Old State Road 3 south) – Ball State Universityinterchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance
141.800228.205   US 35 north / SR 28 – Alexandria, AlbanyNorthern end of US 35 concurrency
BlackfordHartford City153.857247.609  SR 26 (Washington Street)
Washington Township160.894258.934  SR 18 – Marion, Montpelier
WellsHuntington
county line
JacksonSalamonie
township line
167.891270.194  SR 218 – Warren, Poneto
HuntingtonSalamonieRock Creek
township line
173.850279.784  SR 124 – Mount Etna, Bluffton
Markle179.987289.661  SR 116 (Morse Street)
180.352290.248    US 224 (Logan Street) to I-69 / SR 3 northNorthern end of southern section
Gap in route
AllenFort Wayne180.352–
180.470
290.248–
290.438
     I-69 / US 24 / US 30 / US 27 south (Lima Road) – Indianapolis, LansingSouthern terminus of northern section of SR 3 and northern terminus of US 27
DeKalbButler Township192.283309.449  SR 205 – LaOtto, Churubusco, Garrett
NobleAvilla197.606318.016  SR 8 east / East Albion Street – Avilla, AuburnSouthern end of SR 8 concurrency
Allen Township200.243322.260  SR 8 west – AlbionNorthern end of SR 8 concurrency
Kendallville204.655329.360  US 6 west (West North Street) – G.S. Porter Historic SiteWest end of US 6 concurrency
205.290330.382  US 6 east (North Street) – WaterlooEast end of US 6 concurrency
LaGrangeSpringfield Township218.732352.015  US 20 – LaGrange, Elkhart, Angola
Brighton225.148362.341  SR 120 – Elkhart, OrlandNorthern terminus of SR 3
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 10, 2017.
  3. ^ Google (2010-12-28). "overview map of SR 3 from Charlestown to Greensburg" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
  4. ^ a b Google (November 3, 2018). "overview map of SR 3 from Greensburg to Muncie" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Google (2010-12-30). "overview map of SR 3 from Muncie to Markle" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  6. ^ Google (2010-12-30). "overview map of SR 3 from Fort Wayne to Brighton" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  7. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1972). Indiana State Highway System (Map) (1972–1973 ed.). 1:640,000. Indiana State Highway Commission. OCLC 65333830.
  8. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1973). Indiana State Highway System (Map) (1973–1974 ed.). 1:633,900. Indiana State Highway Commission. OCLC 501330315, 65333444.
  9. ^ Indiana Highway Ends Map of SR 3 in Jeffersonville Archived 2012-10-21 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "U.S. 6, Ind. 3: Kendallville's routes to growth". The News-Sun. Archived from the original on 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
  11. ^ "Lima Road done, Governor on hand to mark wrap-up of widening project". The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. November 3, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  12. ^ "Governor Daniels Cuts Ribbon for $26 Million Major Moves SR 3/Lima Road Project". Indiana Department of Transportation. November 7, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2011.

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