Interstate 65 in Indiana
Interstate 65 (I-65) in the U.S. state of Indiana traverses from the south-southeastern Falls City area bordering Louisville, Kentucky, through the centrally located capital city of Indianapolis, to the northwestern Calumet Region of the Hoosier State which is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The Indiana portion of I-65 begins in Jeffersonville after crossing the Ohio River and travels mainly north, passing just west of Columbus prior to reaching the Indianapolis metro area. Upon reaching Indianapolis, the route alignment of I-65 begins to run more to the northwest and subsequently passes Lafayette on that city's east and north sides. Northwest of there, in west-central Jasper County, the route again curves more northward as it approaches the Calumet Region. Shortly after passing a major junction with I-80 and I-94, I-65 reaches its northern national terminus in Gary at I-90 which is carried on the Indiana East–West Toll Road. I-65 covers 261.27 miles (420.47 km) in the state of Indiana. This is one of the principal interstate highways that cross the state, and, more specifically, intersect at the city of Indianapolis, that has given the state the nickname of "Crossroads of America".
I-65 highlighted in red
|Maintained by INDOT|
|Length||261.27 mi (420.47 km)|
|South end||I-65 at Kentucky state line|
|North end||I-90 / Indiana Toll Road / US 12 / US 20 in Gary|
|Counties||Clark, Scott, Jackson, Bartholomew, Shelby, Johnson, Marion, Hendricks, Boone, Clinton, Tippecanoe, White, Jasper, Newton, Lake|
I-65 enters the state northbound at Jeffersonville (across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky) on the Abraham Lincoln Bridge; traffic exiting the state travels on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. I-65 travels past Clark State Forest before reaching Seymour to the north. I-65 intersects with U.S. Highway 50 (US 50) providing access to Seymour to the west. US 31 runs parallel to the Interstate until it reaches Indianapolis. North of Seymour, I-65 passes through Columbus. Just north of Columbus, I-65 runs near Camp Atterbury, an Indiana National Guard training base. The Interstate continues north into Indianapolis.
I-65 crosses the I-465 loop before reaching Indianapolis. The section of I-65 in Downtown Indianapolis overlaps I-70. The junctions are often referred to as the "North Split" and the "South Split", forming a section of Interstate locally known as the "Inner Loop" or "Spaghetti Bowl" due to the visual complexity of the overlapping freeways. In 1999, the 25-mile (40 km) segment of I-65 between the two I-465 interchanges was renamed the Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Highway. At mile marker 116, I-65 passes Crown Hill Cemetery, burial site and memorial of President Benjamin Harrison. I-65 leaves the I-465 loop on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The highway travels past Eagle Creek Park and it then passes the terminus of I-865 and picks up US 52.
The segment of I-65 north of Indianapolis heads in the direction of Chicago, Illinois. US 52 runs concurrently until the north side of Lebanon. From this point US 52 runs parallel to I-65. At about the halfway point to the end of I-65 and Indianapolis, I-65 passes through Lafayette. I-65 crosses the Wabash River in Lafayette and passes next to Prophetstown State Park. North of Lafayette, I-65 passes through the open flatlands of northwest Indiana. Protruding from the fields are some of the hundreds of wind turbines of the Benton County Wind Farm and Fowler Ridge Wind Farm.
At approximately mile 199.4 is the time zone boundary between Central Time (Jasper County) and Eastern Time (White County). As with all time zone changes on highways maintained by the Indiana Department of Transportation, this change in time zone is not marked with any roadside signage.
Upon crossing into Lake County, over the Kankakee River, the highway is known as the Casimir Pulaski Memorial Highway. It is known as this from that point to its northern terminus. The northern terminus of I-65 is only 1⁄8 mile (0.20 km) north of I-90 (Indiana Toll Road).
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Like all Interstate Highways in Indiana, I-65 was constructed in segments. There were six segments in the southern portion of the state between the Kentucky border and the south leg of I-465 in Indianapolis, nine within the I-465 loop and eleven more that made up the northern portion connecting the northwest side of Indianapolis to the Indiana Toll Road (I-90) in Gary.
The first section of I-65 to be completed in Indiana was a 13.39-mile (21.55 km) stretch between a temporary connection with US 52 near Royalton in Boone County (just south of the present-day interchange with I-865) and the US 52 junction northwest of Lebanon, which opened in December 1960. The initial southern Indiana portion, running 45.71 miles (73.56 km) between then-US 31E (now US 31) in Clarksville and US 50 east of Seymour, saw its first traffic in November 1961. The final of the 17 segments of I-65 outside of I-465, 23.09 miles (37.16 km) from SR 252 near Edinburgh to Southport Road on Indy's far south side, opened on June 30, 1972.[page needed]
Unlike for most of portions of I-70 within the I-465 beltway, several inner sections of I-65 were built throughout the overall project lifespan. However, the final three segments from the south side through the heart of the city, including the common portion of I-65 and I-70 (east leg of the "Inner Belt"), were not finished and opened to traffic until around 1974.
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Prior to 2004, the interchange from the Indiana Toll Road to southbound I-65 required making a physical left turn onto I-65 via a traffic signal; traffic from northbound I-65 to I-90 bypassed the traffic signal via an isolated right-turn lane. This deficiency has since been corrected by a grade-separation.
As part of the Operation Indy Commute project, INDOT began work in 2013 to widen I-65 on both northbound and southbound mainlines from exit 103 at Southport Road northward to the southern junction with I-465 (exit 106), adding auxiliary lanes in this section to improve merging of traffic entering southbound I-65 from I-465 and entering northbound I-65 from westbound Southport Road. To reduce congestion on I-65 South from I-465 West, the loop ramp from westbound I-465 was replaced by a flyover ramp to southbound I-65. The eastbound I-465 exit to southbound I-65 South was also expanded for improved merging with traffic from the new west-to-south flyover. Most of this work was completed in late 2014.
|Ohio River||0.00||0.00||I-65 south – Louisville||Continuation into Kentucky|
|John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge (southbound)|
Abraham Lincoln Bridge (northbound)
|Clark||Jeffersonville||0.32||0.51||0||Court Street and 6th Street – Jeffersonville||Northbound exit (Court St., Market St.)|
|0.62||1.00||1||US 31 south (10th Street)||Southern end of US 31 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance; US 31 serves as service drives for I-65 until Exit 4|
|0.77||1.24||1||10th Street – Jeffersonville||Formerly SR 62 east|
|1.73||2.78||1||Brown's Station Way – New Albany||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; formerly SR 62 west|
|3.82||6.15||4||US 31 north / Lewis & Clark Parkway||Formerly SR 131|
|5.70||9.17||6||I-265 west / SR 62 / SR 265 east – New Albany||I-265 east exit 7, west exits 7A-B; signed as exits 6A (east) & 6B (west)|
|Sellersburg||7.36||11.84||7||SR 60 – Salem|
|9.10||14.65||9||Charlestown Road – Speed, Sellersburg, New Albany||Formerly SR 311|
|Memphis||15.78||25.40||16||Blue Lick Road|
|Henryville||19.25||30.98||19||SR 160 – Charlestown, Henryville|
|Scott||Scottsburg||29.32||47.19||29||SR 56 (McClane Avenue) – Scottsburg, Salem||Signed as exits 29A (east) and 29B (west) southbound|
|Austin||33.50||53.91||34||SR 256 (Main Street) – Austin||Signed as exits 34A (east) and 34B (west) southbound|
|Jackson||Vernon Township||36.52||58.77||36||US 31 (Armstrong Street) – Crothersville, Austin|
|41.08||66.11||41||SR 250 – Uniontown, Crothersville|
|Seymour||49.55||79.74||50||US 50 (Tipton Street) – North Vernon, Seymour, Brownstown||Signed as exits 50A (east) and 50B (west)|
|Redding Township||55.32||89.03||55||SR 11 – Jonesville, Seymour|
|Bartholomew||Columbus||63.72||102.55||64||SR 58 west (450 South) – Walesboro, Ogilville|
|68.29||109.90||68||SR 46 (Jonathan Moore Pike) – Nashville, Columbus, Bloomington|
|Taylorsville||75.74||121.89||76||US 31 – Taylorsville, Columbus, Edinburgh||Signed as exits 76A (south) and 76B (north)|
|Shelby||Jackson Township||80.06||128.84||80||SR 252 (Shelbyville Road) – Edinburgh, Flat Rock|
|Johnson||Franklin||89.54||144.10||90||SR 44 (King Street) – Shelbyville, Franklin|
|Pleasant Township||94.41||151.94||95||Whiteland Road – Whiteland|
|97.22||156.46||97||East Worthsville Road||Diverging diamond interchange opened November 23, 2015|
|Greenwood||99.13||159.53||99||Main Street – Greenwood|
|Greenwood–Indianapolis line||100.65||161.98||101||County Line Road|
|105.90||170.43||106||I-74 / I-465 / US 31 / US 36 / US 40 / SR 37 / SR 67||I-74/465 exits 53A-B|
|109.97||176.98||110A||Morris Street, Prospect Street||Northbound exit; Southbound entrance|
|110.10||177.19||110B||I-70 west – St. Louis||Southern end of I-70 concurrency (eastbound I-70 exit 80); Northbound left exit to westbound I-70, left entrance by eastbound I-70|
|110.39||177.66||110A||East Street||Southbound exit only|
|110.52||177.86||112B||Fletcher Avenue||Southbound exit (from collector/distributor); Northbound left entrance (via Calvary Street)|
|111.02||178.67||111||Washington Street||Northbound exit; Southbound entrance (to collector/distributor); Formerly US 40/US 52/US 421|
|111.20||178.96||112B||Ohio Street||Southbound exit (from collector/distributor); Northbound entrance via Pine Street (at Michigan St)|
|111.49||179.43||112B||New York Street, Michigan Street||Southbound exit (from collector/distributor) via Davidson Street (at North Street); Northbound entrance via Pine Street (at Michigan St)|
|111.60||179.60||112||I-70 east – Dayton, Columbus||Northern end of I-70 concurrency (westbound I-70 exit 83B); split entrance from Pine St (at Michigan Street) onto eastbound I-70 and left entry onto northbound I-65|
|112.96||181.79||113||Pennsylvania Street, Meridian Street, Illinois Street||Split diamond interchange: Northbound exit to 12th Street (at Pennsylvania) and entrance (from 12th at Illinois); Southbound exit to 11th Street (at Illinois) and entry (from 11th at Delaware Street); Formerly US 31/SR 37|
|113.51||182.68||114||Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, West Street||Northbound left exit; Southbound left entrance; Formerly US 36/US 52/US 421/SR 67|
|115.32||185.59||116||29th Street, 30th Street||No southbound exit; no access from 29th Street to north I-65|
|115.79||186.35||117||Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street||No northbound exit; Formerly US 36/US 421/SR 67|
|118.89||191.33||119||38th Street||Directional access only; 38th Street serves as collector/distributor lanes for interchange with Kessler Boulevard and right-in/right-out access to/from Guion Road (no access to northbound I-65 from Guion)|
|120.69||194.23||121||Lafayette Road||Formerly US 52|
|123||I-465 – Indianapolis International Airport||Directional access only; airport signed southbound only|
||No major junctions|
|Boone||Eagle Township||129.09||207.75||129||I-865 / US 52 east to I-465 east||Southern end of US 52 concurrency; western terminus of I-865; southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|129.85||208.97||130||CR 650 South/Oak Street – Zionsville, Whitestown||Formerly SR 334|
|Perry Township||133.08||214.17||133||SR 267 south – Brownsburg, Whitestown|
|Lebanon||137.44||221.19||138||Indianapolis Road, Indianapolis Avenue — Lebanon||Southbound exit connects to Hall Baker Road; Lebanon only signed southbound; no access from northbound Hall Baker Road to southbound I-65|
|138.61||223.07||139||SR 39 (Lebanon Street) – Lizton, Lebanon|
|139.88||225.12||140||SR 32 (South Street) – Lebanon, Crawfordsville|
|141.29||227.38||141||Lafayette Avenue||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Center Township||141.61||227.90||141||US 52 west||North end of US 52 concurrency; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Washington Township||145.61||234.34||146||SR 47 – Thorntown, Sheridan|
|Clinton||Washington Township||157.56||253.57||158||SR 28 – Frankfort, Attica|
|Tippecanoe||Dayton||168.16||270.63||168||SR 38 (Walnut Street) – Dayton, Lafayette|
|Lafayette||171.73||276.37||172||SR 26 east / South Street – Lafayette, Rossville||Western end of eastern segment of SR 26|
|174.77||281.27||175||SR 25 east / Schuyler Avenue – Lafayette, Delphi||Southern end of the northern segment of SR 25|
|West Lafayette||177.90||286.30||178||SR 43 north / River Road – Brookston, West Lafayette||Southern end of SR 43|
|White||Prairie Township||187.54||301.82||188||SR 18 – Brookston, Fowler|
|West Point Township||192.96||310.54||193||US 231 – Chalmers, Wolcott|
|Jasper||Carpenter Township||200.94||323.38||201||US 24 / US 231 – Wolcott, Remington|
|204.51||329.13||205||US 231 – Remington, Rensselaer|
|Newton Township||214.24||344.79||215||SR 114 – Morocco, Rensselaer|
|219.94||353.96||220||SR 14 – Winamac|
|Keener Township||229.00||368.54||230||SR 10 – Roselawn, Demotte|
||No major junctions|
|Lake||Eagle Creek Township||239.31||385.13||240||SR 2 (181st Avenue) – Lowell, Hebron||Hebron signed northbound only|
|Crown Point||246.68||396.99||247||US 231 – Crown Point, Hebron||Hebron signed southbound only|
|249.48||401.50||249||109th Avenue – Crown Point, Winfield||Interchange opened September 30, 2010|
|Merrillville||252.06||405.65||253||US 30 (Lincoln Highway) – Merrillville, Valparaiso, Schererville|
|Hobart–Lake Station line||257.67||414.68||258|| |
Bus. US 6 (Ridge Road)
|Gary||259.06||416.92||259||I-80 / I-94 / US 6 – Chicago, Toledo, Detroit||I-80/94 exits 11 (east only)-12; signed as exits 259A (west) & 259B (east).|
|261.22||420.39||262||I-90 / Indiana Toll Road – Illinois, Ohio||I-90 exit 17; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|261.27||420.47||262||US 12 / US 20 – Portage, Gary||Northern terminus of I-65 at-grade|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
I-65 has three auxiliary routes in Indiana:
- I-265: the Indiana segment of the incomplete beltway around Metro Louisville, running from I-65 in Clarksville to I-64 in New Albany and signed the Lee H. Hamilton Freeway. The Indiana segment, plus the Lewis and Clark Bridge across the Ohio River to connect the Indiana segment of I-265 with the Kentucky segment, was completed in December 2016, but is currently not signed as I-265 between I-65 and the new bridge.
- I-465: beltway around Indianapolis, signed as the USS Indianapolis Memorial Highway
- I-865: a connector from I-65 to the northwest corner of I-465 in Indianapolis
- Adderly, Kevin (February 21, 2017). "Table 1: Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as of December 31, 2016". Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
- Indiana Department of Transportation. "Memorial Highways and Bridges". Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 16, 2008.
- Ripple, David Alan (1975). History of the Interstate System in Indiana. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University.[page needed]
- Indiana Department of Transportation. "Operation Indy Commute: I-65 & I-465 South". Indiana Department of Transportation.
- Indiana Department of Transportation. "INDOT Roadway Referencing System" (PDF). Indiana Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 15, 2011.