Interstates 80 & 90 West - Ohio to Elkhart

Interstates 80 & 90 West
Interstates 80 & 90 transition seamlessly from the Ohio Turnpike onto the Indiana East West Toll Road at the state line. Travelers enter Steuben County and turn northwest and pass over U.S. 20 within the first mile. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Posted ahead of the County Road 935 East overpass is a sign proclaiming the Indiana East West Toll Road as the AMVETS Memorial Highway. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Typical reassurance shield assemblies for Interstates 80 & 90 coincide with speed limit signs. These speed limit signs set different limits for cars and trucks and also impose a minimum speed limit for all vehicles. Photo taken 11/06/11.
Angling northwest, Interstates 80 & 90 approach the Eastpoint Terminal of the Indiana East West Toll Road. The turnpike utilizes a ticketed system where motorists pay tolls based upon the miles traveled. EZPass or IZoom travelers however do not have to stop and acquire a ticket, as tolls are deducted from prepaid accounts electronically.
Sign changes made between 2005 and 2011 replace signs displaying "Get Ticket" with those displaying "Take Ticket." Photos taken 11/06/11.
The Eastpoint Terminal lies along Interstates 80 & 90 between the East 100 North underpass and North 700 East overpass by Barnes Swamp. These photos display the approach to the toll plaza along the turnpike mainline. Sign changes made since 2005 reflect the Indiana Toll Road addition of its IZoom system and membership within the EZPass network. Photo taken 09/02/05. Second photo taken 11/06/11.
The original sign bridge ahead of the main line toll plaza was retained and now directs cars with IZoom or EZPass accounts to use the outside lanes. ETC-based motorists may proceed through the booths at 5 miles per hour while all others must use the center lanes and obtain a ticket. Photo taken 09/02/05. Second photo taken 11/06/11.
Indiana Toll Road's Eastpoint Terminal was expanded from ten lanes in 2005 to 13 lanes by 2011. The route mainly carries through travelers along its 157-mile course between Ohio and the Chicago Skyway. As of June 29, 2006, the toll road is operated and maintained by the ITR Concession Company LLC (ITRCC). The private company purchased a 75-year lease to operate the toll road.1 Photo taken 09/02/05. Second photo taken 11/06/11.
The first interchange along Interstates 80 & 90 west joins the Indiana East West Toll Road with Interstate 69 near Jamestown. Chicago is a 167-mile drive from the first main line plaza. Photo taken 11/06/11.
Like many other turnpikes and toll roads, Indiana East West Road includes main line service plazas to provide travelers with services such as food, fuel, and tourist information. Photo taken 11/06/11.
The first set of travel plazas lie near Brairwood around milepost 142. Photo taken 11/06/11.
A look at the two-mile guide sign for Exit 144, junction Interstate 69 north to Lansing, Michigan and south to Fort Wayne. Interstates 80 & 90 near the Michigan state line at Exit 144 and parallel it closely through to LaPorte County. Photo taken 11/06/11.
Westbound at the Booth Tarkington Service Plaza along Interstates 80 & 90 west. Photo taken 11/06/11.
One mile east of the Exit 144 trumpet interchange and access road to Interstate 69 on the Indiana Toll Road west. Interstate 69 travels north to Jamestown before exiting Indiana for Coldwater, Michigan. Pokagon State Park and the Steuben County seat of Angola reside within eight miles of Interstates 80 & 90 via I-69 south. Photo taken 11/06/11.
Exit 144 departs Interstates 80 & 90 west for Interstate 69. Interstate 69 replaced U.S. 27 from Fort Wayne northward to Lansing, with signage for the US route coming down in 2002. Photo taken 11/06/11.
A five booth toll plaza handles the exchange between Interstates 80-90 and Interstate 69 at Exit 144. Photo taken 11/06/11.
Westbound reassurance shields and mileage sign posted for Interstates 80 & 90 after the Interstate 69 under crossing. The next exit lies 23 miles ahead serving the Lagrange County seat by the same name. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Exit 144 also includes ramps to adjacent Old U.S. 27 / Indiana 127 and Indiana 120 nearby. Indiana 120 travels east to Fremont and west to Orland. The state road tallies 59 miles from Elkhart to Ohio, paralleling Interstates 80 & 90 for much of the way. SR 127 leads south 5.2 miles from SR 120 to Angola.
Note the space on the overhead panels from where U.S. 27 shields were removed. Photo taken 11/06/11.
Westbound reassurance shields and mileage sign posted for Interstates 80 & 90 after the Interstate 69 under crossing. The next exit lies 23 miles ahead serving the Lagrange County seat by the same name. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Rural areas of the Indiana East West Toll Road feature animal detectors to warn motorists of potential road hazards with wild animals. Signs and warning beacons such as the one pictured here at Adelpha Stewart Road are found along Interstates 80 & 90 on these stretches with the detection equipment. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Now within Lagrange County, Interstates 80 & 90 see the second in a series of turnpike service plazas. Photos taken 09/02/05.
Interstates 80 & 90 westbound reach the Ernie Pyle Travel Plaza near the North 475 East (former Indiana 3). Indiana 3 used to travel across the toll road between Brighton (junction Indiana 120) and the Michigan state line. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Indiana 9 crosses paths with Interstates 80 & 90 near Star Mill one third of a mile south of the Michigan state line. The state road leads south 7.6 miles to Lagrange at junction U.S. 20 and north to a transition into Michigan 66 (Centerville Road) south of Sturgis. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Drawing to within one mile of the Exit 121 trumpet interchange and access road to Indiana 9 after spanning the Fawn River on Interstates 80 & 90 west. Indiana 9 enters Howe (junction Indiana 120) two miles to the south. Indiana 120 leads drivers west to Indiana 5 south and Shipshewana. Alternatively drivers may remain westward on the toll road to Exit 107 for the western Lagrange county town. Use Indiana 9 south also for the Historic Howe Military School and Chapel. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Interstates 80 & 90 west pass over Indiana 9 before splitting with Exit 121. Indiana 9 constitutes a 196-mile route between the Michigan state line and Indiana 46 east of Columbus. Michigan 66 travels 268.95 miles northward to U.S. 31 near Charlevoix, joining the toll road with Battle Creek and Interstate 194. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Continuing west, Interstates 80 & 90 span the Fawn River again beyond the Indiana 9 on-ramp. Middlebury lies 19 miles west and south via Exit 107 and Indiana 13. Photos taken 09/02/05.
Two miles west of Exit 107 along Interstates 80 & 90 west between Fish and Stone Lakes. The forthcoming trumpet interchange and access road connects with the joint termini of U.S. 131 south and Indiana 13 north. Indiana 13 leads south 5.2 miles to Middlebury and 1.5 miles to junction Indiana 120 8.8 miles northwest of aforementioned Shipshewana. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Truck only rest areas reside along both directions of the Indiana Toll Road between the Indiana 13 and North 1200 West overpasses near Stone Lake. Photos taken 09/02/05.
Westbound at the truck only rest area off-ramp at the Elkhart County line (North 1200 West). Photo taken 09/02/05.
Indiana 13 travels 138 miles from the Exit 107 access road to Fortville and junction U.S. 36. U.S. 131 meanwhile travels just 0.7 miles in Indiana and 271 miles overall between the Indiana Toll Road and Petoskey, Michigan. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Exit 107 departs the westbound toll road at the Indiana 13 overpass. U.S. 131 travels to White Pigeon (junction U.S. 12, a former terminus of the route), Constantine, and Three Rivers, Michigan. Indiana 13 continues south from Middlebury to Millersburg and junction U.S. 33. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Reassurance shields and speed limit sign posted between Exits 107 and 101 on Interstates 80 & 90 west. Four interchange serve Elkhart County. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Indiana 15 continues Michigan 103 south from Mottville to the Exit 101 trumpet interchange with Interstates 80 & 90. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Indiana 15 angles southwest into Bristol near Exit 101 at junction Indiana 120. South from there, the state road continues 9.7 miles to Goshen. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Exit 101 parts ways with the Indiana East West Toll Road for Indiana 15. Indiana 15 travels 95 miles from the Michigan line to Gas City. Michigan 103 connects the state road with U.S. 12, comprising a distance of just 3.1 miles. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Indiana 15 passes over Interstates 80 & 90 east of their crossing of the St. Joseph River. Downtown Elkhart is a 12-mile drive west. Photos taken 09/02/05.
The first of two Elkhart interchanges on the Indiana East West Toll Road connect the turnpike with Elkhart County Road 17 at Elkhart County Road 4 near Heaton Lake. Exit 96 serves the industrial north and east sides of Elkhart via Elkhart County Road 6 west and Elkhart County Road 17 south. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Westbound at the Exit 96 trumpet interchange and access road to the intersection of County Road 4 and 17. Elkhart County 17 curves northeast to become Michigan 217 at the state line. Michigan 217 (Michiana Parkway) connects the county road with U.S. 12 near Union, its northern terminus after just 1.65 miles. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Elkhart County 15 passes underneath Interstates 80 & 90 at this reassurance shield assembly near Heaton Lake. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Indiana 19 meets the Indiana Toll Road northeast of Elkhart Municipal Airport and south of its intersection with Elkhart County 4 at Exit 92. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Heading south from Exit 92, Indiana 19 circumvents downtown Elkhart along Cassopolis, Bristol, and Nappanee Streets to old U.S. 33 (Lincoln Way) southwest of downtown. The state road consists of a 143-mile route between the Michigan state line and Noblesville. Photo taken 09/02/05.
Drivers bound for the city of Elkhart depart the Indiana Toll Road for Exit 92. Indiana 19 north transitions into former Michigan 205 between Simonton Lake and Allenton, Michigan. Michigan 205 was decommissioned in 2002 when Michigan 217 was completed to the east; it used to travel just 1.74 miles to junction U.S. 12. Photo taken 09/02/05.
A pair of service plazas serve both directions of Interstates 80 & 90 west of Elkhart and east of the St. Joseph County line. St. Joseph County is home to both Mishawaka (16 miles) and South Bend (19 miles). Photos taken 09/02/05.
Interstates 80 & 90 span Christiana Creek and Adamsville Road ahead of the Henry F. Schricker Travel Plaza. Photos taken 09/02/05.



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