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State Road 9 in the U.S. State of Indiana is a long north–south state highway in the eastern portion of Indiana. Its southern terminus is near Columbus at State Road 46, and the northern terminus is at the Michigan/Indiana border between Howe, Indiana, and Sturgis, Michigan, where it continues as M-66.

State Road 9 marker

State Road 9
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length: 189.586 mi[2] (305.109 km)
Existed: October 1, 1926[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: SR 46 near Columbus
  I-74 / US 421 in Shelbyville
I-70 in Greenfield
I-69 in Anderson
US 36 in Pendleton
US 35 / SR 22 in Marion
US 24 in Huntington
US 30 in Columbia City
US 33
US 6
US 20 in LaGrange
I-80 / I-90 / Indiana Toll Road
North end: M-66 near Sturgis, MI
Location
Counties: Bartholomew, Shelby, Hancock, Madison, Grant, Huntington, Whitley County, Indiana, Noble, LaGrange
Highway system
SR 8 SR 10

Some of Indiana 9 is divided highway and even freeway, but Interstate 69 largely supplants it as all but a regional route between Huntington and Anderson.

Contents

Route descriptionEdit

Columbus to ShelbyvilleEdit

SR 9 heads north from its southern terminus at State Road 46 (SR 46). SR 9 passes through Hope on the way to the eastern terminus of the western section of State Road 252 (SR 252). North of SR 252, SR 9 heads northeast then northwest toward Shelbyville. SR 9 enters Shelbyville from the south and has an intersection with State Road 44 (SR 44).[3]

Shelbyville to AndersonEdit

North of SR 44, SR 9 has a roundabout in downtown Shelbyville. From downtown Shelbyville, SR 9 heads north passing over Interstate 74/U.S. Route 421. SR 9 heads north toward Greenfield, in Greenfield SR 9 has an intersection with U.S. Route 40 and an interchange with Interstate 70. Then SR 9 heads north toward Pendleton. In Pendleton SR 9 has a concurrency with U.S. Route 36 and State Road 67. Then SR 9 enters interstate 69 after enter the I-69, SR 9 exits at the next exit. Then SR 9 heads north toward downtown Anderson.[4]

Anderson to HuntingtonEdit

SR 9 passes east of downtown Anderson and heads north out of Anderson. SR 9 passes just east of Alexandria, then just north of Alexandria SR 9 has an intersection with State Road 28. Then SR 9 has an intersection with State Road 26, just west of Fairmount. Then SR 9 enters Marion, where SR 9 has an intersection with U.S. Route 35/State Road 22 followed by an intersection with State Road 37. Then just south of downtown Marion SR 9 has a concurrency with State Road 15. In downtown Marion SR 9 and SR 15 has an intersection with State Road 18. Then north of downtown Marion SR 15 turns northwest toward Wabash and SR 9 turns northeast toward Huntington. On the way to Huntington SR 9 passes near Mt. Etna. Then SR 9 enters Huntington on the southwest side of town.[5]

Huntington to Columbia CityEdit

SR 9 bypasses Huntington on the west side of town, concurrent with U.S. Route 24. On the northeast side of Huntington US 24 and SR 9 have an intersection with U.S. Route 224 and State Road 5. Then SR 9 leaves the bypass on the north side of Huntington and heads north towards Columbia City, passing through an intersection with State Road 114 and State Road 14. SR 9 enters Columbia City on the south side of town. After it enters Columbia City SR 9 has a concurrency with State Road 205. The concurrency ends in downtown Columbia City at Old U.S. Route 30, where SR 205 turns east.[6]

Columbia City to MichiganEdit

SR 9 heads north out of downtown Columbia City. Before leaving Columbia City SR 9 has an intersection with U.S. Route 30. SR 9 heads north passing through an intersection with U.S. Route 33 and passing near Chain O'Lakes State Park. Then SR 9 enters Albion on the south part of town. In downtown Albion SR 9 has an intersection at the western terminus of State Road 8. SR 9 heads north out of Albion, then SR 9 has a concurrency with U.S. Route 6. It then heads north, passing through Rome City and Wolcottville. In Lagrange, SR 9 has an intersection with U.S. Route 20 and continues north towards the Michigan state line. Before the Michigan state line, SR 9 passes through an intersection with State Road 120 in Howe. Then just south of the Michigan state line, SR 9 has an intersection with the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/Interstate 90). Then SR 9 crosses into Michigan as M-66 heading north toward Sturgis.[7]

HistoryEdit

From 1917 to 1926 the current route of SR 9 was known as State Road 11. With the SR 9 given to a route that went from Linton to Brazil and a second section from Rockville to Old State Road 10.[8][9]

Explanation of nicknameEdit

The nickname of State Road 9 is Highway of Vice Presidents, from Shelbyville to Columbia City. The reason for the name is that three of Indiana's five Vice Presidents lived in cities along the route:[10]


Indiana's other two vice presidents are also honored by the highway nickname:

  • Schuyler Colfax — Ulysses S. Grant's Vice President (1869–1873) from South Bend
  • Charles W. Fairbanks — Theodore Roosevelt's Vice President (1905–1909) from Indianapolis

Major intersectionsEdit

County Location mi[2] km Exit Destinations Notes
Bartholomew ClayClifty
township line
0.000 0.000   SR 46 – Columbus, Greensburg Southern terminus of SR 9
Shelby Shelbyville 18.999 30.576    
    Truck SR 9 north to I-74 / SR 44
Southern end of Truck SR 9
20.749 33.392   SR 44 west (Colescott Street) – Franklin Southern end of SR 44 concurrency
21.111 33.975   
   SR 44 east (Broadway Street) / Truck SR 9 north – Rushville
Northern end of SR 44 concurrnecy; southern end of Truck SR 9
22.957–
23.196
36.946–
37.330
   
    I-74 / US 421 / Truck SR 9 south – Indianapolis, Cincinnati
Exit number 113 on I-74
Van Buren Township 33.039 53.171   US 52 – Indianapolis, Rushville
Hancock Greenfield 39.545 63.642   US 40 – Indianapolis, Richmond
41.943–
42.091
67.501–
67.739
  I-70 – Indianapolis, Dayton Exit number 104 on I-70
Green Township 47.537 76.503   SR 234
Madison Pendleton 53.384 85.913    US 36 west / SR 67 south – Indianapolis Southern end of US 36 and SR 67 concurrency
54.885 88.329   SR 38 east – New Castle Southern end of SR 38 concurrency
55.045 88.586   US 36 east Northern end of US 36 concurrency
Anderson 57.617–
57.703
92.726–
92.864
222   I-69 south – Indianapolis Southern end of I-69 concurrency; Northern end of SR 38
61.530 99.023 226     I-69 north / SR 67 north / SR 109 south Northern end of I-69 and SR 67 concurrency; Northern terminus of SR 109
62.129 99.987   SR 236 east (53rd Street) – Middletown Western terminus of SR 236
64.222 103.355    SR 32 west (Ohio Avenue) / SR 232 east – Anderson Southern end of SR 32 concurrency; Western terminus of SR 232
65.675 105.694   SR 32 east (University Boulevard) – Muncie
Richland Township 73.286 117.942   SR 128 west – Frankton Eastern terminus of SR 128
Alexandria 77.448 124.640   SR 28 – Elwood, Albany
Grant Fairmount 87.437 140.716   SR 26 – Kokomo, Fairmount
Marion 91.429 147.141    US 35 / SR 22 – Kokomo, Gas City
93.643 150.704   SR 37 south – Elwood Northern terminus of SR 37
94.387 151.901   SR 15 south (38th Street) – Gas City Southern end of SR 15 concurrency
96.824–
96.976
155.823–
156.068
  SR 18 – Delphi, Montpelier SR 18 runs along one-way pair of West 4th Street (eastbound) and West 2nd Street (westbound)
98.036 157.774   SR 15 north (North Wabash Avenue) – Wabash Northern end of SR 15 concurrency
Huntington Wayne Township 104.545 168.249   SR 105 north – South Whitley Southern terminus of SR 105
105.323 169.501   SR 218 – La Fontaine, Warren
Mount Etna 110.721 178.188   SR 124 – Peru, Bluffton
Huntington 120.993 194.719   US 24 west – Wabash Western end of US 24 concurrency
122.818 197.656    US 224 east / SR 5 (North Jefferson Street / North Goshen Road) – Huntington, South Whitley Western terminus of US 224
124.532–
124.616
200.415–
200.550
  US 24 east – Fort Wayne Eastern end of US 24 concurrency
Clear Creek Township 131.557 211.720   SR 114 – North Manchester, fort Wayne
Whitley Washington Township 136.605 219.844   SR 14 – South Whitley, Fort Wayne
Columbia City 141.480 227.690   SR 205 south (Radio Road) – South Whitley Southern end of SR 205 concurrency
142.489 229.314   SR 205 north (Van Buren Street) – Churubusco Northern end of SR 205 concurrency
143.330 230.667   US 30 – Wabash, Fort Wayne
Noble Noble Township 152.616 245.612   US 33 – Goshen, Fort Wayne
Albion 160.323 258.015   SR 8 east – Avilla, Auburn Western terminus of SR 8
ElkhartOrange
township line
164.291 264.401   US 6 west – Ligonier Western end of US 6 concurrency
Orange Township 167.137 268.981   US 6 east – Kendallville Eastern end of US 6 concurrency
LaGrange LaGrange 181.292 291.761   US 20 (Central Avenue) – Elkhart, Angola
Howe 186.866 300.732   SR 120 (Defiance Street) – Elkhart, Fremont
Lima Township 189.329 304.695     I-80 / I-90 / Indiana Toll Road – South Bend, Toledo, Chicago Exit 121 on I-80/I-90
189.586 305.109   M-66 north – Sturgis Continuation into Michigan
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. ^ Google (2011-02-24). "overview map of SR 9 from Columbus to Shelbyville" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  4. ^ Google (2011-02-24). "overview map of SR 9 from Shelbyville to Anderson" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  5. ^ Google (2011-02-24). "overview map of SR 9 from Anderson to Huntington" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  6. ^ Google (2011-02-24). "overview map of SR 9 from Huntington to Columbia City" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  7. ^ Google (2011-02-24). "overview map of SR 9 from Columbia City to Michigan" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  8. ^ "Indiana Highways End - Old SR 9". Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  9. ^ "Indiana Highway Ends - Old SR 11". Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  10. ^ "INDOT Memorial Highways and Bridges". Archived from the original on 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 

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