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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2250 on: September 01, 2021, 04:22:42 PM »

That's also the first I've heard of the SR 101 project. I agree that those counties need a boost, but man, that's some rough terrain through which to route a new road.

The Heavy Haul Corridor in Utica/Jeffersonville/Charlestown is most definitely a thing. The port down there is the second biggest in the state after Burns Harbor, and there are always big trucks going back and forth down there.

I really hope they just do a divided highway, I worry about ruining the environment in that part of the state for a marginally useful road (interstate being marginally useful).  I wonder if the heavy hall road will become a state road?

The roadway that's already there isn't signed, and I haven't seen anything indicated that it ever will be.

does it have a name at all?

North of 265 it's called River Ridge Pkwy and south of 265 it's called Old Salem Rd. The part that's yet to be constructed will veer SW from Old Salem Rd here:

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.345966,-85.6661465,3a,75y,175.26h,68.9t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sTxI2A3NZxTcjgPM43x2Asw!2e0!6shttps:%2F%2Fstreetviewpixels-pa.googleapis.com%2Fv1%2Fthumbnail%3Fpanoid%3DTxI2A3NZxTcjgPM43x2Asw%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D19.308264%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192

I haven't been down there in a while so I don't know if that last segment is still in the works.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2251 on: September 01, 2021, 10:40:31 PM »

After perusing INDOT's website I have noticed a few new projects I wasnt aware of:

I-67 is apparently actually being taken seriously by INDOT and has its own website: https://midstatescorridor.com/

SR 101 is going to extended 25 miles to connect US 50 to the Markland Dam. https://www.in.gov/indot/div/projects/sr101/

The "Heavy Haul Cooridor" is still a thing in Utica

465 NW (86th to US 31) has its own site and will be having a virtual public meeting soon.

Anyone have any further details on these projects?



Where’s the link to the 465 NW website? I’d be very interested in what that shows.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2252 on: September 02, 2021, 12:43:39 AM »

Where’s the link to the 465 NW website? I’d be very interested in what that shows.

Here is the info on the virtual meeting:

INDOT to Host Virtual Public Meeting on I-465 Northwest Project in Marion County
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation will host a virtual public information meeting about an upcoming project on the Northwest side of I-465 in Marion County.

The meeting will take place on WebEx on Wednesday, September 8 at 6 p.m. meeting registration link

The project extends on I-465 from 86th Street to U.S. 31 (Meridian St). The project will include an interchange modification at I-465 and I-865.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2253 on: September 02, 2021, 01:55:42 AM »

After perusing INDOT's website I have noticed a few new projects I wasnt aware of:

I-67 is apparently actually being taken seriously by INDOT and has its own website: https://midstatescorridor.com/

SR 101 is going to extended 25 miles to connect US 50 to the Markland Dam. https://www.in.gov/indot/div/projects/sr101/

The "Heavy Haul Cooridor" is still a thing in Utica

465 NW (86th to US 31) has its own site and will be having a virtual public meeting soon.

Anyone have any further details on these projects?



Where’s the link to the 465 NW website? I’d be very interested in what that shows.
https://www.in.gov/indot/projects/home/i-465-northwest-improvements-project/
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2254 on: September 02, 2021, 02:43:36 AM »

I-67 is apparently actually being taken seriously by INDOT and has its own website: https://midstatescorridor.com/

I wouldn't say I-67 is being taken seriously by INDOT at all. Certainly, they are taking at least semi-seriously some sort of route improvement along the US 231 corridor, but from what I understand, most (all?) of the funding for the Tier 1 EIS is being provided by this "Mid States Corridor Regional Development Authority" and not INDOT. I don't think this project would even be on INDOTs radar if not for this group. If you look at the maps on that website, you'll notice the options for route improvements range from freeway to a super 2. There is zero need for a freeway connection in that area. I think the absolute best anyone in that area can hope for is 1) maybe upgrading US 231 to an expressway (with bypasses of Huntingburg and Jasper) between I-64 and Jasper to match the portion south of I-64 and 2) upgrading US 231 to a super 2 between Jasper and I-69.

I'm (obviously) in Evansville, I have family in Spencer County, and several friends in Dubois County, so it's not like I'm one of those naysayers that think even I-69 was unnecessary. But the idea that INDOT would build a new interstate only 15-20 miles east of the least traveled portion of interstate in the state is laughable to anyone living in reality.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2255 on: September 02, 2021, 10:03:34 PM »

I-67 is apparently actually being taken seriously by INDOT and has its own website: https://midstatescorridor.com/

I wouldn't say I-67 is being taken seriously by INDOT at all. Certainly, they are taking at least semi-seriously some sort of route improvement along the US 231 corridor, but from what I understand, most (all?) of the funding for the Tier 1 EIS is being provided by this "Mid States Corridor Regional Development Authority" and not INDOT. I don't think this project would even be on INDOTs radar if not for this group. If you look at the maps on that website, you'll notice the options for route improvements range from freeway to a super 2. There is zero need for a freeway connection in that area. I think the absolute best anyone in that area can hope for is 1) maybe upgrading US 231 to an expressway (with bypasses of Huntingburg and Jasper) between I-64 and Jasper to match the portion south of I-64 and 2) upgrading US 231 to a super 2 between Jasper and I-69.

I'm (obviously) in Evansville, I have family in Spencer County, and several friends in Dubois County, so it's not like I'm one of those naysayers that think even I-69 was unnecessary. But the idea that INDOT would build a new interstate only 15-20 miles east of the least traveled portion of interstate in the state is laughable to anyone living in reality.

you make a good point  :-D
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2256 on: September 08, 2021, 04:33:20 PM »

I-67 is apparently actually being taken seriously by INDOT and has its own website: https://midstatescorridor.com/

I wouldn't say I-67 is being taken seriously by INDOT at all. Certainly, they are taking at least semi-seriously some sort of route improvement along the US 231 corridor, but from what I understand, most (all?) of the funding for the Tier 1 EIS is being provided by this "Mid States Corridor Regional Development Authority" and not INDOT. I don't think this project would even be on INDOTs radar if not for this group. If you look at the maps on that website, you'll notice the options for route improvements range from freeway to a super 2. There is zero need for a freeway connection in that area. I think the absolute best anyone in that area can hope for is 1) maybe upgrading US 231 to an expressway (with bypasses of Huntingburg and Jasper) between I-64 and Jasper to match the portion south of I-64 and 2) upgrading US 231 to a super 2 between Jasper and I-69.

I'm (obviously) in Evansville, I have family in Spencer County, and several friends in Dubois County, so it's not like I'm one of those naysayers that think even I-69 was unnecessary. But the idea that INDOT would build a new interstate only 15-20 miles east of the least traveled portion of interstate in the state is laughable to anyone living in reality.

you make a good point  :-D

It's also worth noting that there have been several proposed iterations for I-67. Some proposals included the segment south of Indianapolis, most included the portion north of Indy, and some included both. I would assume that there is more interest in I-67 over US-31 than US-231.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2257 on: September 13, 2021, 01:27:03 PM »

Quick question about the Indiana Toll Road (specifically at Exit 121/Howe).  Google Maps says the toll booth is "temporarily closed."  However, directions on Google Maps from Howe to South Bend does include the ITR.  Does anybody know the true status of this toll gate?  Thanks.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2258 on: September 13, 2021, 01:37:22 PM »

Quick question about the Indiana Toll Road (specifically at Exit 121/Howe).  Google Maps says the toll booth is "temporarily closed."  However, directions on Google Maps from Howe to South Bend does include the ITR.  Does anybody know the true status of this toll gate?  Thanks.

Some of the toll booths are no longer manned and require EZ Pass or credit card payment, but I don't think any interchanges are actually closed.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2259 on: September 13, 2021, 02:38:33 PM »

Quick question about the Indiana Toll Road (specifically at Exit 121/Howe).  Google Maps says the toll booth is "temporarily closed."  However, directions on Google Maps from Howe to South Bend does include the ITR.  Does anybody know the true status of this toll gate?  Thanks.

Some of the toll booths are no longer manned and require EZ Pass or credit card payment, but I don't think any interchanges are actually closed.

Not an issue.  I'm afraid my EZ Pass is quite operational.  Thanks.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2260 on: September 19, 2021, 08:28:33 AM »

Something I stumbled upon a while back: This is a good candidate for peak Indiana. One type of metal guardrail on the bridge, a different type of metal bridge guardrail ground-mounted on the approaches, and, if you pivot to the right, standard W beam guardrail.

https://goo.gl/maps/TbhGShbjZT8FcR2C7

It's gone now. The bridge was rebuilt sometime between 2013 and 2018, with the superstructure being replaced but the bents remaining, and the old metal guardrails didn't survive.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2261 on: September 19, 2021, 10:04:08 AM »

Something I stumbled upon a while back: This is a good candidate for peak Indiana. One type of metal guardrail on the bridge, a different type of metal bridge guardrail ground-mounted on the approaches, and, if you pivot to the right, standard W beam guardrail.

https://goo.gl/maps/TbhGShbjZT8FcR2C7

It's gone now. The bridge was rebuilt sometime between 2013 and 2018, with the superstructure being replaced but the bents remaining, and the old metal guardrails didn't survive.

Not sure what that type of gaurdrail is called but it's very obsolete now! W-beam and thrie beam are the only 2 you see now.  :-D
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2262 on: September 19, 2021, 10:44:38 PM »

I saw sign goofs on Indiana SR 2 southwest of Valparaiso in a newly-built roundabout at Heavilin Road. They have circular shields, which easily gave me vibes from Delaware!
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2263 on: September 19, 2021, 11:30:52 PM »

Something I stumbled upon a while back: This is a good candidate for peak Indiana. One type of metal guardrail on the bridge, a different type of metal bridge guardrail ground-mounted on the approaches, and, if you pivot to the right, standard W beam guardrail.

https://goo.gl/maps/TbhGShbjZT8FcR2C7

It's gone now. The bridge was rebuilt sometime between 2013 and 2018, with the superstructure being replaced but the bents remaining, and the old metal guardrails didn't survive.

Not sure what that type of gaurdrail is called but it's very obsolete now! W-beam and thrie beam are the only 2 you see now.  :-D

The one looks like a variation of Wyoming rail. 

EB I-70 used to have a somewhat similar guardrail transitions for the Wabash River Bridge.

Illinois used to at least occasionally use the W-beam with the flat (box?) beam beneath it as well.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2264 on: September 27, 2021, 09:08:17 PM »

I saw sign goofs on Indiana SR 2 southwest of Valparaiso in a newly-built roundabout at Heavilin Road. They have circular shields, which easily gave me vibes from Delaware!

There are some circular SR 14 shields on traffic lights east of I-69 on Illinois Rd, used as lane references. Not the first time this has happened in Indiana.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2266 on: September 28, 2021, 09:15:14 AM »

I saw sign goofs on Indiana SR 2 southwest of Valparaiso in a newly-built roundabout at Heavilin Road. They have circular shields, which easily gave me vibes from Delaware!

I don't suppose you got a picture?

I'm apparently about to have a lot of time off starting Friday, so maybe I'll go over there and get a picture.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2268 on: October 05, 2021, 06:21:38 PM »

Speaking of roundabouts…

INDOT will be holding a public forum this week to discuss the proposal of building a roundabout at the intersection of Indiana 130 and Indiana 51 (Cleveland Avenue), located just northeast of Downtown Hobart. If/when work is done, it will be a single-lane roundabout that will also accommodate the Oak Savannah Trail that sits nearby.

The current intersection originally was a four-way stop that has since been signalized. The intersection also has a “spoke” that allows southbound drivers looking to continue on 51 to skip the traffic light for the right turn. It is also notorious for blind sight lines for left turn drivers and high accident potential due to being unable to see drivers using makeshift runaround lanes to get past left turn traffic. IMO, the roundabout would be a marked improvement over what is currently there. More to come, if anything more materializes.

Indiana 130 is set to reopen within the next week. Resurfacing is complete; all that remains is the finishing touches of the intersections with Porter County Road 600 North, County Road 450 West, and Indiana 149.

The new US 12/20 split is almost set to be open as well. Grading and leveling is complete, and paving should be underway as early as this week. The quality-of-life improvements to the realigned section are scheduled to start next construction season, coinciding with the building of a revamped Miller Station and a second track for the South Shore Line, which will stretch from Gary to Michigan City.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2269 on: October 10, 2021, 04:45:40 PM »

Anyone have any idea why the *#@#$ I65 is so congested today through most of the state? Ruined my plans today. 
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« Reply #2270 on: October 10, 2021, 06:52:42 PM »

Anyone have any idea why the *#@#$ I65 is so congested today through most of the state? Ruined my plans today. 
You're not the first one.  Won't be the last one.  I had HEAVY traffic from Des Plaines IL to Indy on a Friday in August.  Yes that means I-65.
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« Reply #2271 on: October 10, 2021, 07:44:42 PM »

Anyone have any idea why the *#@#$ I65 is so congested today through most of the state? Ruined my plans today.
There's a reason why a lot of us on this forum is calling it to be 6 laned, at least the Indy to Chicago section.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #2272 on: October 10, 2021, 07:45:50 PM »

Anyone have any idea why the *#@#$ I65 is so congested today through most of the state? Ruined my plans today. 

Everybody drives through Indiana to avoid Illinois because it's so mountainous.
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« Reply #2273 on: October 10, 2021, 08:51:00 PM »

Anyone have any idea why the *#@#$ I65 is so congested today through most of the state? Ruined my plans today.
There's a reason why a lot of us on this forum is calling it to be 6 laned, at least the Indy to Chicago section.

Seems that more of I55 in Illinois is 6 laned than 65 through IN. I've never experienced this before of all the few times I've been to Indy this year. Next time it happens I'll probably take 31 instead or even 41.
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« Reply #2274 on: October 11, 2021, 12:10:51 AM »

Anyone have any idea why the *#@#$ I65 is so congested today through most of the state? Ruined my plans today.
There's a reason why a lot of us on this forum is calling it to be 6 laned, at least the Indy to Chicago section.

Seems that more of I55 in Illinois is 6 laned than 65 through IN. I've never experienced this before of all the few times I've been to Indy this year. Next time it happens I'll probably take 31 instead or even 41.
Us 41 to 52 is an alternative from Chicago to Indy. It's 4 laned the entire way as an added bonus.
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