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silverback1065:
I just noticed on Google Maps that a bypass of Salem, IN appeared.  Does anyone know what route is signed along it?  I assume its 135, but can't find any info on the matter. 

tdindy88:
I'm not incredibly familar with the project myself, but I think it is only meant to connect SR 135 to the south with SR 56 to the east, at least at the moment. I'd imagine that the overall goal is to connect up with SR 135 to the north of town too, but that maybe for later, like with the North Vernon bypass project which is only going to be half finished when the first round of work is done. I don't know anything about numbering and as far as I know it may not even be an INDOT route.

kphoger:
Everything I can find from INDOT simply calls it "Salem Bypass", which leads me to believe it carries no route number.

silverback1065:

--- Quote from: kphoger on April 02, 2013, 10:17:23 PM ---Everything I can find from INDOT simply calls it "Salem Bypass", which leads me to believe it carries no route number.

--- End quote ---

After searching some more, it will be SR 135 and SR 60, but I guess not until it's done.  Signing it Truck SR 135 would be a good idea until it's done, but it looks like it will be numberless until it's done.

vtk:
I just spotted this on the map. It doesn't look like a particularly useful bypass, only providing an advantage to traffic between 135 south of town and 56 east of town. INDOT has construction photos online but nothing about the justification for its existence nor any hint of future extension. A news article about its opening last year doesn't say anything about future phases either.

Is the 135 to 56 movement particularly heavy, or was this a misappropriation of funds?

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