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Interstate 65 North - Lake County

Interstate 65 north
All of Interstate 65 within Lake County is designated the Casimir Pulaski Memorial Highway. Casimir Pulaski was a Polish military commander that emigrated to North America where he later served as a general in the Continental Army. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Indiana 2 and Interstate 65 come together at the settlement of Dinwiddie and a diamond interchange (Exit 240). Photo taken 11/05/09.
Drivers bound for Indiana 2 west to Orchard Grove and Lowell or Indiana 2 east to Hebron and Valparaiso exit Interstate 65 northbound in this scene. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Taking the Exit 240 off-ramp to Indiana 2 from Interstate 65 north, a guide sign and traffic light direct motorists to an assortment of traveler services nearby. Indiana 2 is otherwise rural through to Lowell and Hebron. Overall SR 2 tallies 81 miles from the Illinois state line to U.S. 31 at South Bend. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Interstate 65 remains rural through southeastern Lake County. Photo taken 11/05/09.
An abandoned northbound side weigh station resides one mile north of State Road 2. The southbound facility remains in operation. Photo taken 11/05/09.
The next mileage sign is not posted until after the old weigh station on-ramp. Crown Point lies eight miles ahead, followed by Gary at the northern terminus of Interstate 65. Photo taken 11/05/09.

U.S. 231 returns to Interstate 65 by way of Hebron and Leroy to meet the freeway at a folded-diamond interchange (Exit 247) in one mile. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Truck traffic remains thick through Northwestern Indiana as Interstate 65 enters the greater Chicago area and its assortment of ports and industrial facilities. Ramps to U.S. 231 connect with the US highway on the south side due to the original placement of a since removed railroad line. Photo taken 11/05/09.
U.S. 231 ventures 1.5 miles northwest to a short overlap with Indiana 55 along Joliet Street in Crown Point. Indiana 53 begins nearby and leads northward parallel to Interstate 65 to Gary and Interstate 90 (Indiana East West Toll Road). U.S. 231 otherwise ends 5.6 miles west of SR 55 at junction U.S. 41 near St. John. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Merrillville is next along Interstate 65 in seven miles, followed by Gary in 16 miles. Chicago via Interstate 90 west, is 42 miles away. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Up ahead is the Exit 249 diamond interchange with East 109th Avenue at Crown Point. A new diamond interchange was built between 2009 and 2010 to provide another route to Crown Point and a new route to Winfield from Interstate 65. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Borman Expressway construction sign that was posted during the 2004-11 work to modernize and widen Interstates 80 & 94 from the Illinois state line and Gary. Work to improve the interchange with Interstate 65 was one of the final aspects of the project. Photo taken 11/05/09.
The city of Crown Point and town of Winfield are the controls for 109th Avenue and its interchange with Interstate 65, which broke up a five-mile stretch between the exits at U.S. 30 and U.S. 231 in a fast-growing region of Lake County. Photos taken 05/14/12.
Exit 249 turns off of Interstate 65 south for 109th Avenue. 109th Street becomes North Street upon entering the Crown Point city limits to the west, providing a direct connection with Downtown Crown Point. Winfield and Lake Holiday lie to the east. Rural areas surrounding Exit 249 are expected to grow with the September 30, 2010 opened interchange. Photo taken 11/05/09. Second photo taken 05/14/12.
Interstate 65 enters Merrillville on the two-mile approach to Exit 253 with U.S. 30 (81st Avenue). Photo taken 11/05/09.
U.S. 30 joins the Northwest Indiana cities of Schererville, Merrillville and Valparaiso with Plymouth, Warsaw, Columbia City and Fort Wayne as a four-lane corridor. Adjacent to Exit 253, the US Route consists of a commercial arterial with businesses lining both sides of the interchange, including Star Plaza Theatre and Westfield Southlake Mall nearby. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Originally a full-cloverleaf interchange, loop ramps from Interstate 65 to U.S. 30 were eliminated to remove weaving traffic concerns at Exit 253. U.S. 30 travels a busy route west from Merrillville to Schererville and Dyer, concluding the 151.8-mile cross state route near Ford Heights, Illinois. Photo taken 11/05/09.
All traffic to U.S. 30 (81st Street) leaves Interstate 65 in unison as the freeway expands to six overall lanes. U.S. 30 ventures east 14 miles to Valparaiso, generally staying south of the city by Valparaiso University. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Continuing north through Merrillville along Interstate 65 near the 73rd Avenue overpass. 73rd Avenue represents the original alignment of U.S. 30, and later State Road 330, from Joliet Street in Schererville to Green Acres and Deep River by the Porter County line. Indiana 330 was posted between 1938 and 1947 after U.S. 30 shifted to its present alignment to the south.1 Photo taken 11/05/09.
Upcoming exits are posted on the final run of Interstate 65 north between Merrillville and Gary. Interstates 80 & 94 (Frank Borman Expressway) are first mentioned at the 73rd Avenue over crossing, 5.5 miles to the north. Photo taken 11/05/09.
61st Avenue sees a six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 65 in northeast Merrillville. The Hobart city line resides just east of Exit 255. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Heading west, 61st Avenue ends at Indiana 55 (Taft Street) in Merrillville. Eastward from Exit 255, 61st Avenue concludes at Indiana 51 (Lake Park Avenue) near Ainsworth. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Interstate 65 generally stays east of the Merrillville street grid by Robinson and Mac Joy Lakes through to northwest Hobart. Photo taken 11/05/09.
A conventional mileage sign simply lists the distance to the Gary central business district from Interstate 65 north near 53rd Avenue. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Interests to Chicago are directed from Interstate 65 via Interstates 80 & 94 (Borman Expressway) west to the Bishop Ford Freeway north in 2.5 miles or the Indiana Toll Road west to the Chicago Skyway in five miles. Photo taken 11/05/09.
The final four exits of Interstate 65 all serve the city of Gary. Ridge Road (U.S. 6 Business) follows in 1.25 miles near the Liverpool and Glen Park communities. 15th Avenue and Dunes Highway (U.S. 12 & 20) connect with the Gary street grid between Interstates 80-94 and 90. Photo taken 11/05/09.
One mile out from the Exit 258 off-ramp to Ridge Road (U.S. 6 Business). Ridge Road is the locally maintained business route for U.S. 6 west to Highland and U.S. 41 and east to New Chicago. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Overhead signs prepare motorists for the split Exit 259A/B interchanges with Interstates 80 & 94 (Borman Expressway) as Exit 258 nears its departure to Ridge Road. A partial "Y" interchange (Exit 259A) departs in 1.25 miles for the Northwest Connector, a short access road joining Interstates 65 north with the Borman west and the Borman east with I-65 south. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Northbound at the Exit 259 ramp departure to Ridge Road (U.S. 6 Business). U.S. 6 follows Interstates 80 & 94 west to Lansing, Illinois and east to Lake Station. U.S. 6 east overtakes Ridge Road from SR 51 (Adam Benjamin Highway), and Exit 15 from the Borman Expressway, on its route toward Portage.
Exit 259B departs next for the Borman Expressway west to Chicagoland. Motorists bound for Interstates 80 & 94 east to Toledo, Ohio or Detroit, Michigan are directed northward along I-65 for another 1.25 miles. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Changes made during 2009-11 construction add a second northbound lane over Ridge Road for Interstate 65 to Gary. The Northwest Connector facilitates the movements from Exit 259A onto the Frank Borman Expressway west through south Gary, Hammond, and Chicago, Illinois via Interstate 94 west. Photo taken 09/03/05. Second photo taken 11/05/09.
Long distance interests to Wisconsin including Milwaukee were directed onto Exit 259A for Interstate 94 west to the Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294 north). This sign was removed by 2009. Photo taken 09/03/05.
The on-ramp from Ridge Road travels along side Exit 259A through to the Northwest Connector. Interstates 80 & 94 share 18.53 miles of pavement between Lake Station and Lansing, Illinois. Photo taken 11/05/09.
A separate sign bridge directs motorists from Ridge Road to a slip ramp for Exit 259A onto the Borman Expressway west. Ahead is a directional-cloverleaf interchange between I-65 and Interstates 80 & 94 directly. Work completed in 2011 replaced a loop ramp from the Borman west to I-65 south with a flyover. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Two lanes branch away from Interstate 65 north for Chicago bound traffic as the Ridge Road on-ramp splits. Interstates 80 & 94 part ways at Lansing, Illinois for the Quad Cities and Chicago respectively. Interstate 294 begins nearby and follows the Tri-State Tollway north toward Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Originally Interstate 294 was to continue east into Northwest Indiana as Interstate 94 was slated for the Indiana Toll Road and Chicago Skyway west from Lake Station. Photo taken 11/05/09.
A view of the original configuration of Exit 259A's departure from Interstate 65 north. Note that only one lane continued the freeway mainline to Exit 259B and junction Interstate 90. Photo taken 09/03/05.
Interstate 65 passes over a Norfolk Southern Railroad ahead of the Exit 259B ramp departure to Interstates 80-94 and U.S. 6 east. Interstates 80 bumps from the Borman Expressway onto the East West Toll Road in four miles, joining Interstate 90 through to Toledo and Elyria, Ohio. Interstate 94 continues northeast to Portage, Chesteron, and Michigan City. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Exit 262, shown here to encompass the Interstate 65 northbound mainline, follows Exit 259B in two miles for Interstate 90 (Indiana Toll Road). Interstates 80 travels 151.6 miles across Indiana to join Gary and Portage with La Porte, South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart and Angola. Interstate 94 arcs northeastward along Lake Michigan on a 46.1-mile path in Indiana to join Michigan City with St. Joseph, Michigan and Interstate 196. Interstate 94 continues east from there to Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and Detroit while I-196 follows the lake northeast to Grand Rapids. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Motorists ascends onto a viaduct across Central Avenue and a Norfolk Southern Railroad line beyond the Borman Expressway. Departing next is the Exit 261 loop ramp to East 15th Avenue and the Exit 262 partial "Y" interchange to (Indiana East West Toll Road). Photo taken 09/03/05. Second photo taken 11/05/09.
Entering the final one and a half miles of Interstate 65 north in the city of Gary. A partial-cloverleaf interchange joins the freeway with East 15th Avenue near the Aetna community of east Gary in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Interstate 65 ends sign bridge, posted one mile south of the traffic light with U.S. 12 & 20 (East Dunes Highway). Photo taken 11/05/09.
Exit 261 carries drivers to East 15th Avenue west to Martin Luther King Drive and East 15th Avenue east to Clay Street and the Lake Station city line. Exit 262 follows and provides a direct connection onto Interstate 90 west to East Chicago, Hammond, and the Chicago Skyway. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Constructed in 2003-04, two partial "Y" interchanges join connecting ramps linking Interstate 65 with the Indiana East West Toll Road at Exit 262. These ramps replace a previous signalized intersection that congested the final half mile of freeway.
Interstate 90 continues east from Gary four miles to its merge with Interstate 80 at Lake Station and 55 miles to South Bend. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Descending from the Exit 262 ramp under crossing to the intersection with U.S. 12 & 20 (East Dunes Highway) in Gary. The removal of an abandoned railroad line allowed for the construction of the ramps to Interstate 90. Photo taken 09/03/05.
Technically the freeway has already ended, as a left-turn lane connects Interstate 65 north with a driveway to an adjacent warehouse facility. Photo taken 09/03/05.
U.S. 12 & 20 continue west to a one-way street couplet split of 4th & 5th Avenues east of downtown Gary. The tandem serve the Genesis Convention Center, Gary's Baseball Stadium, and Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY) on their parallel path to Interstate 90. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Taylor Road ties into Interstate 65's northern terminus from a nearby steel plant. U.S. 12 & 20 continue east along the Dunes Highway to Aetna in east Gary and their split at Melton Road. Both routes continue into Portage. Photo taken 11/05/09.
U.S. 12 travels just 45.2 miles in Indiana, hugging the Lake Michigan shore line from Michigan Shores east to the state line. U.S. 20 follows a 153.5 mile path between Illinois at Hammond and the Ohio state line. Photo taken 09/03/05.



Sources:

  1. Indiana Highway Ends - SR 330.
Photo Credits:
  • 2005-09-03 by AARoads.
  • 2009-11-05 by AARoads.
  • 2012-05-14 by Thomas Decker.

Page Updated 02-25-2013.

 
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