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Interstates 80 & 94 West (Frank Borman Expressway)

Interstates 80 & 94 West
Exit 15A loops onto U.S. 6 east & Indiana 51 (Ripley Street) south from Interstate 94 west, just after traffic from Interstate 80 merges onto the Frank Borman Expressway. Photo taken 05/23/10.
Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 west
Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 (Frank Borman Expressway) merge at Lake Station and continue west toward junction Interstate 65 (Exits 12B/A). Interstate 65 enters northwest Indiana 84 miles from Lafayette, serving the cities of Merrillville, Hobart, and Gary at its northern terminus. The next five interchanges of Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 west provide access into the city of Gary. Photo taken 05/14/12.
One mile east of Exits 12B/A with Interstate 65. Construction related to the Major Moves New Construction Interchange Modification upgraded the three-quarter cloverleaf interchange between the Borman and I-65 to include a new directional ramp for southbound and new ramps from Colorado Street west. Work began on the $189-million project in 20071 and was completed by summer 2011. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Two lanes exit off of the Borman Expressway onto a collector-distributor road. To the right, an on-ramp from Central Avenue joins the new c/d setup. The left two lanes will continue toward Interstate 65 south and the Borman west and the right lane will follow Interstate 65 north to the Indiana Toll Road. Photo taken 05/23/10.
The right lane connects with Interstate 65 north to East 15th Avenue, Interstate 90 (Indiana East West Toll Road) and junction U.S. 12 & 20 (Dunes Highway) near the Aetna section of northeast Gary. A flyover ramp replaced a loop ramp by 2011 to join I-80 & 94 west with Interstate 65 south for Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky. Photo taken 05/14/12.
The Northwest Connector facilitates the movements between Interstate 65 north and Interstates 80 & 94 west and the Frank Borman Expressway east to Interstate 65 south via partial "Y" interchanges at each end. This one-mile overhead for Indiana 53 (Exits 10B/A) resides on the Northwest Connector north. Photo taken 09/03/05.
The Northwest Connector merges onto the Frank Borman Expressway west, 0.75 miles east of the six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange with Indiana 53 (Broadway). The connector was reconstructed during the Major Moves New Construction Interchange Modification project. Photo taken 05/23/10.

Indiana 53 follows Broadway north to its terminus at Interstate 90 (Indiana Toll Road) and the Gary Works U.S. Steel Plant outside downtown. Southward the state road continues to Merrillville. Photo taken 09/03/05.
The Indiana 53 (Broadway) exit ramp turns off at the one-mile mark to the Grant Street exit (Exit 9). Grant Street connects Interstates 80 & 94 with U.S. 12 & 20 (West 4th & 5th Avenues), west of downtown Gary, and U.S. 6 Business (Ridge Road) to the south. Photo taken 05/23/10.
Construction was finished in 2008 to completely rebuild the Frank Borman Expressway to modern standards. Interchanges with Indiana 53 (Exit 10) and Grant Street (Exit 9) were reconfigured from full-cloverleaf interchanges into parclos. The interchange with Burr Street (Exit 6) was also rebuilt from a diamond into a parclo. The highway itself was widened to four lanes in each direction with an auxiliary lane in between exits. Photo taken 05/23/10.
Exit 9 leaves Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 west for Grant Street. Next in line for westbound motorists is the Exit 6 partial-cloverleaf interchange with Burr Street. Photo taken 05/23/10.
Hammond represents the final city in Indiana along the Borman Expressway at a distance of seven miles. Downtown Chicago is 31 miles away via the Borman, Kingery, Bishop Ford and Dan Ryan Expressways. Photo taken 05/23/10.
Burr Street leads south to Black Oak and U.S. 6 Business (Ridge Road) and north to U.S. 20 (West 5th Avenue) in west Gary. Photo taken 05/23/10.
A travel time sign, the first in Indiana, gives the time and distance to Indiana 912 (Cline Avenue) and the Indiana/Illinois state line. Photo taken 05/23/10.
A half mile out from the Burr Street interchange. Construction reconfigured the Exit 6 diamond into a parclo during the mid-2000s. Photo taken 05/23/10.
A view of the heavy freight traffic that clogs up the Borman Expressway from underneath the Clark Street overpass. Because the Borman is a free highway (as opposed to the Indiana Toll Road and Chicago Skyway) it gets much heavier use, providing the impetus for the highway's reconstruction. Photo taken 09/03/05.
Exit 6 turns off onto Burr Street. Two truck stops line Burr Street north from Interstates 80 & 94 to parallel 25th Avenue. Southward, in conjunction with Ridge Road west, leads driver to the town of Griffith.
Next, Indiana 912 (Cline Avenue) crosses paths with Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 along the Hammond and Gary city line. The state road follows a freeway north to East Chicago and an arterial south to U.S. 6 Business (Ridge Road) at Highland. Photo taken 05/23/10.
Indiana 912 constitutes a 12-mile route northward to East Chicago, Whiting, and north Hammond. Southward the state road comprises a surface boulevard to its terminus at U.S. 6 Business (Ridge Road) in Highland. Photo taken 05/23/10.
An upcoming exits sign gives the distances to the final three Indiana exits: Kennedy Avenue (two miles), Indianapolis Boulevard (three miles) and Calumet Avenue (4 1/2 miles). Photo taken 05/23/10.
Exit 5 parts ways with Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 west for Indiana 912 (Cline Avenue). Indiana 912 mainly serves industrial interests in the Indiana Harbor area of East Chicago from the Borman and Indiana Toll Roads. Photo taken 05/23/10.
A collector/distributor roadway facilitates the movements to Indiana 912 (Cline Avenue) from Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 (Borman Expressway) west at Exit 5. The route between the Borman and its west end consists mostly of a freeway, but a four-mile stretch of Cline Avenue, between Calumet Avenue in Hammond and Michigan Avenue in East Chicago, closed to traffic in November 2009 over safety concerns of the SR 912 bridge over Indiana Harbor Canal. The bridge was demolished and will be rebuilt as at toll road. Photo taken 09/03/05.
Originally just a full-cloverleaf interchange, Exit 3 constitutes a directional-cloverleaf with a flyover ramp joining Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 west with Kennedy Avenue south into Highland. Kennedy Avenue north continues into the Hessville section of southeast Hammond. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Upcoming exits sign highlighting the distances to Indianapolis Boulevard (U.S. 41 south), Calumet Avenue (U.S. 41 north), and the Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294 north). Photo taken 05/24/08.
Exit 3 carries all traffic in unison to Kennedy Avenue south to Highland and north to Hammond and East Chicago. Photos taken 05/24/08.
U.S. 41 follows Indianapolis Boulevard northward from Highland to its merge with Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 west. Indiana 152 begins and continues the boulevard north into Hammond, traveling 2.5 miles to its end at U.S. 20 (Michigan Street). Exit 2 serves Perdue University Calumet in southern Hammond. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Exit 2 branches away from Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 (Borman Expressway) west to U.S. 41 (Indianapolis Boulevard) south and Indiana 52 (Indianapolis Boulevard) north. U.S. 20 continues Indianapolis Boulevard northwest from Indiana 152 to a merge with U.S. 12 in East Chicago and U.S. 41 again in north Hammond. U.S. 41 south meanwhile connects Highland with Schererville along its 280-mile course between Hammond and Kentucky south of Evansville. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Looking at the Exit 2 ramp partition to U.S. 41 south and Indiana 152 north from Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 west. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 west and U.S. 41 north
U.S. 41 north joins Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 west briefly between Indianapolis Boulevard and Exit 1 (Calumet Avenue). Photo taken 05/24/08.
One half mile east of split with U.S. 41 (Exit 1) on the westbound Borman Expressway. Paralleling the Little Calumet River, the freeway straddles the southern reaches of Hammond north of Munster. Calumet Avenue leads south toward city hall and junction U.S. 30 at Dyer. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Westbound at the Exit 3 ramp departure of U.S. 41 north onto Calumet Avenue. Calumet Avenue carries the route northward to downtown Hammond, Exit 5 of Interstate 90 (Indiana Toll Road), and the merge with U.S. 12 & 20 west to south Chicago. Photo taken 05/24/08.
A c/d roadway shuttles drivers to U.S. 41 (Calumet Avenue) north and a loop ramp onto Calumet Avenue south to Munster. Photos taken 05/24/08.
Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 west
U.S. 6 leaves Interstates 80 & 94 (Borman Expressway) at the first Illinois interchange, joining Illinois 83 along Torrence Avenue north to Calumet City. A lengthy collector/distributor roadway departs in one mile carrying all westbound drivers destined for Interstate 94 (Bishop Ford Memorial Freeway) west (north) to Chicago and Illinois 394 south to Chicago Heights and Crete. Interstate 80 otherwise joins Interstate 294 on the Tri-State Tollway west of Lansing. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 west reach milepost zero and the crossing into Cook County, Illinois. The Borman Expressway becomes the Kingery Expressway at this point. Photo taken 05/24/08.

Sources:

  1. "About the Project," Borman 80/94 Expressway (IN.gov).
Photo Credits:
  • 2005-09-03 by AARoads.
  • 2008-05-24 by AARoads.
  • 2010-05-23 by Thomas Decker.
  • 2012-05-14 by Thomas Decker.

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