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Interstate 74 in Indiana

In the U.S. state of Indiana, Interstate 74 (I-74) traverses central parts of the state from west to east. It connects Champaign, Illinois with Indianapolis in the center of the state, and Indianapolis with Cincinnati, Ohio . Interstate 74 covers 171.54 miles (276.07 km) across Indiana, a portion of which is concurrently routed through Indianapolis along the southern and western legs of Interstate 465.

Interstate 74 marker

Interstate 74
Route information
Maintained by Indiana DOT
Length: 171.54 mi[2] (276.07 km)
Existed: 1960[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I-74 at Illinois state line
  I-465 in Indianapolis
I-70 in Indianapolis
I-65 in Indianapolis
I-465 in Indianapolis
East end: I-74 / US 52 at Ohio state line
Highway system
SR 71 SR 75

Contents

Route descriptionEdit

The Indiana portion of Interstate 74 begins on the Illinois border near Danville, Illinois and travels east. Shortly into Indiana, the interstate crosses the Wabash River near Covington. I-74 continues east where it passes over US 136 and intersects US 41 at Veedersburg about 15 miles east of the Illinois border. 19 miles later, the interstate intersects US 231 providing access to Crawfordsville to the south. I-74 runs nearly parallel to US 136 from the Illinois border until US 136 terminates at Interstate 465.

Once I-74 reaches Indianapolis it continues south, overlapping I-465. I-74 runs concurrent with I-465 on I-465's western and southern segments. (The exits of this concurrency are numbered as if it were part of I-465 only.) It also overlaps with US 31, US 36, US 40, US 52, and several state highways, for varying lengths of its route around Indianapolis. I-74 also crosses the White River and passes by the Indianapolis International Airport on the southwest side of Indianapolis. Once I-74 reaches the southeast side of Indianapolis it diverges from I-465 and continues to the southeast. At this intersection, I-74 picks up US 421 from where it will run concurrent.

Outside of the Indianapolis area, I-74 continues southeast and runs past Shelbyville. Near the halfway point between Indianapolis and the Ohio border, I-74 runs through Greensburg. US-421 diverges and runs south through Greensburg. Continuing on east, I-74 runs parallel to State Route 46. Just west of the Ohio border, I-74 crosses the Whitewater River. It also intersects with and begins to overlap with US 52. The two then continue and cross into Ohio at Harrison.

HistoryEdit

Initial ConstructionEdit

Like all Interstate highways in Indiana, I-74 was constructed in segments which, when all were complete, make up the current route. There were six segments in the western portion of the route between the Illinois state line and I-465 in Speedway, and six more in the eastern portion connecting I-465 near Beech Grove to the Ohio state line. The concurrent portions around Indianapolis on I-465, consisting of seven separate sections along the west and south legs of that beltway, became operational between December 21, 1961 and October 15, 1964. The eastern segments connecting Indianapolis and Cincinnati were also given a relatively high priority and were all completed and open by October 30, 1964.[3]

The first section of Interstate 74 to be built in Indiana was the portion from the Illinois state line east for just under 8 miles (13 km) to the Covington exit just beyond the Wabash River, which opened to traffic in December 1960. The final 13.5-mile (21.7 km) segment, located in Fountain and Montgomery counties and also along the western portion of the route, was finished and opened on August 31, 1967, marking the full completion of I-74 in the state.[3]

Subsequent ImprovementsEdit

Exit listEdit

County Location mi[4] km Exit Destinations Notes
IndianaIllinois line 0.00 0.00   I-74 west – Peoria Continuation into Illinois
220 Lynch Road Eastbound entrance extends into Indiana; exit number follows Illinois mileage
Vermillion Highland Township 4.23 6.81 4   SR 63 – Newport, Terre Haute, Chicago
Fountain Covington 8.01 12.89 8 Stringtown Road – Covington
Veedersburg 15.45 24.86 15   US 41 – Veedersburg, Attica, Chicago
Montgomery Wayne Township 24.88 40.04 25   SR 25 – Waynetown, Wingate
Crawfordsville 33.81 54.41 34   US 231 – Linden, Crawfordsville
39.27 63.20 39   SR 32 – Lebanon, Crawfordsville
Boone Jamestown 51.95 83.61 52   SR 75 – Jamestown, Advance
Hendricks Lizton 57.54 92.60 58   SR 39 – Lizton, Lebanon
Middle Township 61.21 98.51 61 Jeff Gordon Boulevard  – Pittsboro
Brownsburg 65.82 105.93 66   SR 267 north (Green Street) – Brownsburg
68.78 110.69 68 Ronald Reagan Parkway – Brownsburg, Clermont
Marion Indianapolis 73.19 117.79 73    I-465 north / US 136 west (Crawfordsville Road) West end of I-465 overlap; signed as I-465 north only westbound; I-465 exit 16B
16A   US 136 west (Crawfordsville Road) Exit numbers follow I-465; no exit number eastbound
75.01 120.72 14 10th Street Signed as exits 14A (east) and 14B (west)
76.05 122.39 13   US 36 west (Rockville Road) West end of US 36 overlap; signed as exits 13A (east) and 13B (west)
77.19 124.23 12   US 40 west (Washington Street) West end of US 40 overlap; signed as exits 12A (east) and 12B (west)
78.49 126.32 11 Sam Jones Expressway Signed as exits 11A (east) and 11B (west)
79.64 128.17 9    I-70 – Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Indianapolis International Airport, St. Louis Signed as exits 9A (east) and 9B (west)
80.45 129.47 8   SR 67 south (Kentucky Avenue) West end of SR 67 overlap
81.63 131.37 7 Mann Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
84.66 136.25 4   SR 37 south / Harding Street West end of SR 37 overlap
86.76 139.63 2   US 31 south / East Street West end of US 31 overlap; signed as exit 2A (north) and 2B (south)
88.96 143.17 53   I-65 – Indianapolis, Louisville Signed as exit 53A (north) and 53B (south)
90.35 145.40 52 Emerson Avenue
93.42 150.34 49
94
  I-465 north / US 31 north / US 36 east / US 40 east / US 421 north / SR 37 north / SR 67 north
Southeastern Avenue
East end of I-465/US 31/US 36/US 40/SR 37/SR 67 overlaps; west end of US 421 overlap; I-465 exit 49
Wanamaker 95.83 154.22 96 Post Road
Acton 98.95 159.24 99 Acton Road
Shelby Moral Township 100.94 162.45 101 Pleasant View Road
Sugar Creek 102.58 165.09 103 London Road
Fairland 109.32 175.93 109 Fairland Road
Shelbyville 112.74 181.44 113   SR 9 – Shelbyville, Greenfield
115.45 185.80 116   SR 44 – Rushville, Shelbyville
Liberty Township 118.48 190.68 119   SR 244 – Andersonville, Milroy
ShelbyDecatur
Rush county tripoint
LibertyAdams
Orange township tripoint
123.11 198.13 123 St. Paul, Middletown
Decatur Greensburg 131.86 212.21 132   US 421 south – Greensburg East end of US 421 overlap
133.96 215.59 134   SR 3 – Greensburg, Rushville Signed as exits 134A (south) and 134B (north)
New Point 143.00 230.14 143 St. Maurice, New Point
FranklinRipley
county line
Batesville 149.02 239.82 149   SR 229 – Oldenburg, Batesville
Ripley Adams Township 155.65 250.49 156   SR 101 south / St. Mary Road – Sunman, Milan
Dearborn Saint Leon 163.45 263.05 164   SR 1 – Saint Leon, Lawrenceburg
Harrison Township 168.89 271.80 169   US 52 west – Brookville, West Harrison West end of US 52 overlap
171.54 276.07    I-74 east / US 52 east – Cincinnati Ohio state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Facts & Photos". Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ Federal Highway Administration (2002-10-31). "FHWA Route Log and Finder List: Table 1". Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  3. ^ a b Ripple, David Alan. "History of the Interstate System in Indiana", Purdue University, 1975.
  4. ^ "INDOT Roadway Referencing System" (PDF). Indiana Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 15, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 

External linksEdit

Route map: Google

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