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State Road 4 (SR 4) is an east–west discontinuous state road in the US state of Indiana. The western end of the western segment is in La Porte. The highway passes through rural areas of LaPorte and St. Joseph counties, before ending near Lakeville. The central segment starts at the eastern city limits of Goshen and heads east passing through rural Elkhart County, before ending at SR 13. The eastern segment runs between SR 327 and Interstate 69 (I-69), passing through the towns of Ashley. The state road runs through five counties in northern Indiana mostly through rural farm fields and small towns.

State Road 4 marker

State Road 4
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Western segment
West end SR 2 in La Porte
Major
junctions
SR 104
SR 23 in North Liberty
SR 931 in Lakeville
East end US 31 near Lakeville
Central segment
Philip T. Warner Highway
Length5.310 mi[1] (8.546 km)
West endLincoln Aveune at Goshen city limits
East end SR 13
Eastern segment
Length5.935 mi[1] (9.551 km)
West end SR 327 in Helmer
East end I-69 in Ashley
Location
CountiesLaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, DeKalb, Steuben
Highway system
SR 3SR 5

Dating back to the early days of the state road system, SR 4 was first signed in the southern part of the state. It was moved to its modern routing in 1932, running from Goshen to SR 13. in the early to mid 1940s SR 4 was added to the state road system between La Porte and Lakeville, while the eastern segment was added in the late 1940s, running from SR 327 to U.S. Highway 27 (US 27). The segment of roadway east of I-69 was removed from the state road system in the early 1970s. In the mid-2010s the western segment of roadway was extended east to meet the new alignment of US 31 and the western end of the central segment was moved from downtown Goshen to the eastern city limits.

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Route descriptionEdit

Western segmentEdit

The western segment is the longest of the three section of SR 4, at 25 miles (40 km). The segment begins at the corner of Lincolnway (SR 2) and Monroe Street. It follows Monroe Street southeasterly passing through mostly residential area of the city. The road leaves the city of LaPorte and enters rural LaPorte County, in LaPorte County SR 4 crosses over a Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad track. After crossing the track the road parallels it to the southeast before a four-way stop with the northern end of SR 104 and county road 300 South. At this intersection SR 4 turns towards the northeast, while SR 104 continues towards the southeast. SR 4 quickly bends to become generally east-west, before curving back towards the southeast. After becoming northwest-southeast SR 4 crosses over Canadian National Railroad track and through Fish Lake, between Lower Fish Lake and Upper Fish Lake.[1][2][3]

SR 4 passes over Kankakee River before curving to become north-south. Soon after becoming north-south, SR 4 bends to become east-west and passes over another branch of the Kankakee River. The road enters North Liberty and is concurrent with Center Street, passing through an intersection with SR 23. East of North Liberty the road passes on the south side of Potato Creek State Park, while passing through farm fields and wooded areas. SR 4 passes on the north side of Lakeville having an intersection with SR 931. The road leaves Lakeville before having an interchange with US 31. SR 4 ends at this interchange but the roadway its self continues east as Pierce Road, a county road in St. Joseph County.[1][2][3]

Central segmentEdit

The central segment begins as a continuation of Lincoln Avenue at the eastern city limits of the city of Goshen. The road heads northeast from Goshen while passing by farm and fields, in rural Elkhart County. The highway has a all-way stop with County Road 35 before bending to become east-west. SR 4 ends at a three-way intersection with SR 13 with SR 13 heading north and east from this intersection.[1][2][4]

Eastern segmentEdit

The eastern segment of SR 4 begins at a three-way intersection with SR 327, just south of Helmer. SR 4 heads east as the Dekalb–Stueben county line, parallel to a Indiana Northeastern Railroad track, passing by agricultural land. The road enters the town of Ashley, concurrent with State Street, passing between industrial and residential properties, before entering downtown Ashley. East of downtown State Street the passes by mostly houses before an interchange with I-69. The SR 4 designation ends at this interchange, while the roadway continues east as a county road.[1][2][5]

HistoryEdit

SR 4 prior to 1926 was designated between SR 5, now SR 550, and the Ohio state line, east of Lawrenceburg, generally routed along the modern corridor of US 50.[6] Between 1926 and 1932 the SR 4 designation went unused.[7][8][9] In 1932 SR 4 was designated between Goshen and SR 13 was designated.[9][10][11] Between 1939 and 1941 SR 727 was commissioned, between SR 327 and Ashley, along the modern SR 4.[12][13] The western segment was added to the state road system between 1942 and 1945, between LaPorte and Lakeville.[14][15] The eastern segment of SR 4 was added either in 1949 or 1950, routed between SR 727, in Ashley, and US 27. SR 4 was extended west to SR 327 from Ashley replacing SR 727.[16][17] The eastern terminus of SR 4 was moved west to I-69 from US 27 between 1970 and 1971.[18][19] During 2014 the western segment of SR 4 was extended east to an interchange at the new route of US 31. SR 4 was extended to the US 31 freeway in conjunction with that facility opening in 2014.[20] The segment of SR 4 the city of Goshen, from US 33/SR 15 to the eastern city limits of Goshen, was removed form the state road system between 2015 and 2016.[1][21]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
LaPorteLa Porte0.0000.000   SR 2 / Lincoln HighwayWestern terminus of SR 4
Pleasant Township6.46910.411  SR 104 south – WalkertonNorthern terminus of SR 104
St. JosephNorth Liberty17.37727.966  SR 23 (North Main Street / South State Street)
Lakeville25.40140.879  SR 931 (Michigan Road)Former US 31
Union Township  US 31 – Plymouth, South BendEastern terminus of western segment
Gap in route
ElkhartGoshen26.99143.438Lincoln AvenueWestern terminus of central segment
Clinton Township32.30151.983  SR 13 – MiddleburyEastern terminus of central segment
Gap in route
DeKalbSteuben
county line
Helmer32.48952.286  SR 327 (South Bronson Road)Western terminus of eastern segment
Ashley38.316–
38.424
61.664–
61.837
  I-69 – Fort Wayne, LansingEastern terminus of SR 4; interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Indiana Department of Transportation (July 2016). Reference Post Book (PDF). Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Indiana Department of Transportation (2017). Indiana Roadway Map 2017 (PDF) (Map). 1:550,000. Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Transportation. OCLC 976397802. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Google (March 25, 2017). "Indiana State Road 4" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Google (March 25, 2017). "Indiana State Road 4" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  5. ^ Google (March 25, 2017). "Indiana State Road 4" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Many State Highway Numbers Changed". The Hancock Democrat. Greenfield, IN. November 8, 1923. Retrieved March 28, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  
  7. ^ "Are Renumbering All Indiana State Roads". The Daily Reporter. Greenfield, IN. September 29, 1926. Retrieved March 28, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  
  8. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1926). State Highway System of Indiana (Map). Indianapolis: Indiana State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 28, 2017 – via Indiana State Library and Historical Bureau.
  9. ^ a b Indiana State Highway Commission (January 1, 1932). State Highway System of Indiana (Map). 1:660,000. Indianapolis: Indiana State Highway Commission. OCLC 53092152. Retrieved March 28, 2017 – via Indiana State Library and Historical Bureau.
  10. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (September 30, 1932). State Highway System of Indiana (PDF) (Map). Indianapolis: Indiana State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 28, 2017 – via Indiana University Bloomington Libraries.
  11. ^ "Roads Added to State System are Announced". Vidette-Messenger of Porter County. Valparaiso, IN. March 18, 1932. Retrieved September 23, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  12. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1939). State Highway System of Indiana (Map). 1:633,600. Indiana State Highway Commission. OCLC 64016573. Retrieved March 28, 2017 – via Indiana State Library and Historical Bureau.
  13. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1941). State Highway System of Indiana (Map). 1:633,600. Indiana State Highway Commission. OCLC 64574634. Retrieved March 28, 2017 – via Indiana State Library and Historical Bureau.
  14. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1942). State Highway System of Indiana (Map). 1:720,000. Indiana State Highway Commission. OCLC 64382867. Retrieved March 28, 2017 – via Indiana State Library and Historical Bureau.
  15. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1945). State Highway System of Indiana (Map). 1:633,600. Indiana State Highway Commission. OCLC 123132182. Retrieved March 28, 2017 – via Indiana State Library and Historical Bureau.
  16. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1949). State Highway System of Indiana (Map). 1:630,000. Indiana State Highway Commission. OCLC 64558508. Retrieved March 28, 2017 – via Indiana State Library and Historical Bureau.
  17. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1950). State Highway System of Indiana (Map). 1:656,700. Indiana State Highway Commission. OCLC 53353668. Retrieved March 28, 2017 – via Indiana State Library and Historical Bureau.
  18. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1970). Indiana State Highway System (Map) (1970–1971 ed.). 1:640,000. Indiana State Highway Commission. OCLC 65221477.
  19. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1971). Indiana State Highway System (Map) (1971–1972 ed.). 1:640,000. Indiana State Highway Commission. OCLC 65221419.
  20. ^ "Pierce Road To Close East of U.S. 31 In Lakeville (press release)". Indiana Department of Transportation. May 11, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  21. ^ Indiana Department of Transportation (July 2015). Reference Post Book (PDF). Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Transportation. SR 4. Retrieved March 28, 2017.

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