Interstate 65 South - Lake County

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Interstate 65 south
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Two shields were posted briefly (the latter being replaced) at the immediate southbound beginning of Interstate 65 as the freeway departs the signalized intersection with U.S. 12 & 20 (Dunes Highway) and Taylor Road. Photo taken 09/03/05. Second photo taken 11/05/09.
Although signed as Interstate 65, a driveway to an adjacent warehouse ties into the fledgling freeway southbound opposite a left turn lane from northbound. Photo taken 09/03/05.
Exit 261 follows to East 15th Street, circumventing a wye interchange with adjacent Interstate 90 (Indiana East West Toll Road). East 15th Street travels under Interstate 65 between Martin Luther King Drive and Aetna Street, mainly serving industrial sites and the Aetna community in eastern Gary. Photo taken 09/03/05.
Motorists entering Interstate 65 from the Indiana Toll Road are provided with a slip ramp for Exit 261 to 15th Avenue as well. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Interstate 65 is officially designated the Casimir Pulaski Memorial Highway throughout Lake County. Photo taken 09/03/05.
Southbound drivers wind toward Exit 259 A-B with Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 (Frank Borman Expressway). The two freeways meet at a directional cloverleaf interchange. Work to replace the westbound to southbound loop ramp with a flyover was completed in Summer 2011. Photo taken 05/14/12.
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Interstate 80 joins Interstate 94 west with U.S. 6 at Lake Station for an 18.53-mile overlap west to Lansing, Illinois and the Tri-State Tollway. Connections with the Bishop Ford Memorial Freeway lead drivers north into Chicago. U.S. 6 follows Interstates 80 & 94 west to Torrence Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. Photo taken 09/03/05. Second photo taken 05/14/12.
A slip ramp for Exit 259 A-B leaves Interstate 65 south together. Previously, both exits had their own ramp from the mainline of Interstate 65. The Frank Borman Expressway, named the Tri-State Expressway before 1969, represents one of the oldest freeways in the state, with a completion by 1952 from the state line through Hammond as Indiana 420.1 Photo taken 05/14/12.
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The exit ramp for Exit 259 separates into two lanes for Exit 259 A and 259 B. Exit 259B follows the right lane to the point where it leaves the collector distributor road for Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 west to Gary, Hammond, Chicago, and the Quad Cities. Photo taken 09/03/05. Second photo taken 05/23/10.
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As Exit 259A departs for Interstate 80-64 & U.S. 6 west ahead of the Exit 259B loop ramp that carries drivers onto Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 east to Lake Station and their split at the Indiana Toll Road and Ripley Street (Indiana 51) confluence. Interstate 94 continues east to Portage, Michigan City, and Detroit, Michigan. Interstate 80 joins Interstate 90 east to South Bend, Elkhart, and Toledo, Ohio. U.S. 6 follows Indiana 51 south to its original route east through south Portage on Ridge Road. Photo taken 09/03/05. Second photo taken 05/23/10.
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South of Exit 259 A-B, the new ramp from westbound Interstate 80-94 & U.S. 6 join Interstate 65 south to form an exit-only ramp for the Ridge Road exit (Exit 258). Ridge Road continues west from Indiana 51 & U.S. 6 (Adam Benjamin Highway) as 37th Avenue along the New Chicago and Hobart city line. The arterial doubles as the sparsely signed U.S. 6 Business between Indiana 51 and U.S. 41 (Indianapolis Boulevard) in Highland. Photo taken 09/03/05. Second photo taken 05/23/10.
Southbound travelers bound for the interchange with U.S. 6 Business (Ridge Road) diverge from Interstate 65 south as that ramp merges with another ramp coming from Interstate 80-94 & U.S. 6 west, both headed to Exit 258. Ridge Road connects Exit 258 with Glen Park in south Gary, Griffith, and Highland. The business route ends at U.S. 41 and does not return to its parent. Photo taken 05/14/12.
U.S. 6 Business crosses paths with Interstate 65, one half mile south of the Northwest Connector. This overhead, since removed, directed I-65 motorists to Ridge Road. Now a barrier separates traffic to Exit 258 from the freeway mainline. Photo taken 09/03/05.
The Northwest Connector adds traffic onto Interstate 65 south from the Borman Expressway east via a wye interchange. An interchange sequence sign posted for Interstate 65 is 3 3/4 miles from 61st Avenue (Exit 255) and 5 1/2 miles from U.S. 30 (Exit 253). Both interchanges follow within the city of Merrillville. Previously, the Ridge Road (Exit 258) interchange had been listed, since the sign preceded the exit. Photo taken 05/14/12.
The former departure point of Exit 258 from the Interstate 65 southbound mainline. Photo taken 09/03/05.
Facing north, Exit 258 intersects U.S. 6 Business (Ridge Road) at a stop sign. Note the lack of signage for the business route. Ridge Road west serves interests to the Gary Career Center and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. Photo taken 09/03/05.
An Interstate 65 reassurance shield greets motorists south of the on-ramp from Ridge Road (Exit 258). Interstate 65 is six lanes wide as it heads south from the Borman Expressway and Ridge Road interchanges toward the suburbs of Northwest Indiana. Due to growth in the communities of Merrillville, Hobart and Crown Point, Interstate 65 was rebuilt and widened in the 1990s from Exit 259 south to Exit 253 (U.S. 30) as the first step in a larger series of projects to improve the interstate system in Northwest Indiana, finishing with the completion of the interchange with Interstate 65 and Interstate 80-94 & U.S. 6 in 2011. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Both the communities of Hobart and Merrillville are served at the 61st Avenue six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 255). The Hobart city line resides just east of Exit 255. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Exit 255 departs Interstate 65 south for 61st Avenue. 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 05/14/12.
The first mileage sign on southbound Interstate 65 gives the distances to Lafayette (84 miles) and the Indiana capital city of Indianapolis (143 miles). Indianapolis is roughly a three-hour drive from the Chicago area and is slightly less than that from this point. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Beyond the mileage sign is the one mile approach to Exit 253 with U.S. 30 (81st Avenue). U.S. 30 represents among the most important highways across Northern Indiana, linking the Northwest Indiana area with the Fort Wayne metro area. Photo taken 05/14/12.
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 05/14/12.
Valparaiso University (Valpo for short) is located 15 miles to the east in the Porter County seat of Valparaiso. The VA Clinic is less than three miles away via U.S. 30 west and Indiana 53 (Broadway) in northern Crown Point. Photo taken 05/14/12.
An additional lane opens to the right to anticipate the traffic leaving Interstate 65 south for U.S. 30 at Exit 253. 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. The Illinois state line is less than twelve miles from Exit 253. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Two lanes of traffic exit off of southbound Interstate 65 for U.S. 30 at Exit 253. U.S. 30 ventures east 14 miles to Valparaiso, generally staying south of the city by Valparaiso University. The left lane for Interstate 65 will leave the highway one mile south of Exit 253. Photo taken 05/14/12.
South of the U.S. 30 corridor, Interstate 65 is seven miles from Crown Point, 81 miles from Lafayette and 140 miles from Indianapolis. Indianapolis remains the control city throughout along Interstate 65 south while Lafayette and Rensellaer are the main secondary controls that will occupy the second line on the mileage signs. Photo taken 05/14/12.
The left lane collapses as Interstate 65 approaches the Crown Point area. Until 2011, Crown Point, the growing county seat of Lake County, was served only by one interchange (at U.S. 231). Now it is also served by Interstate 65's newest interchange at 109th Avenue. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Approaching 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.
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The city of Crown Point and the 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 05/14/12.
Interstate 65 meets with U.S. 231 for the first time to the southeast of Downtown Crown Point at Exit 247. The 912-mile U.S. highway begins in St. John at U.S. 41 about seven miles to the west and continues south through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida, ending in Panama City. U.S. 231 crosses Interstate 65 four times in the northern half of Indiana. Photo taken 05/14/12.
A mileage sign posted after Exit 249 gives no distance to U.S. 231 (less than a mile due to the previous sign) and gives the distances to Rensellaer (40 miles) and Indianapolis (136 miles). Photo taken 05/14/12.
U.S. 231 travels for 9.3 miles from the folded diamond interchange with Interstate 65 to the southeast toward the town of Hebron in Porter County, passing through Leroy en route. 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 05/14/12.
The Lake County Vietnam and Korean Veterans Memorials can be reached by taking U.S. 231 to the southeast of Exit 247. Photo taken 05/14/12.
U.S. 231 ventures 1.5 miles northwest to a short overlap with SR 55 along Joliet Street in Crown Point. SR 53 begins nearby and leads northward parallel to Interstate 65 to Gary and Interstate 90 (Indiana Toll Road). U.S. 231 otherwise ends 5.6 miles west of SR 55 at U.S. 41 near St. John. Photo taken 05/14/12.
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An Interstate 65 reassurance shield and mileage sign greets motorists to the south of the folded diamond interchange with U.S. 231. From this point on, Interstate 65 leaves the suburban fringes of Northwest Indiana and the greater Chicago region and enters the rural farmland of southern Lake County. Lowell lies 15 miles away while Lafayette and Indianapolis follow at 75 and 134 miles respectively. Photos taken 05/14/12.
Indiana 2 and Interstate 65 come together at the settlement of Dinwiddie and a diamond interchange. Drivers bound for Indiana 2 west to Orchard Grove and Lowell or Indiana 2 east to Hebron and Valparaiso exit Interstate 65 southbound at Exit 240. Indiana 2 is otherwise rural to Lowell and Hebron, tallying 81 miles from the Illinois state line to U.S. 31 at South Bend. Photo taken 05/14/12.
A weigh station serves southbound trucks in the space about a mile to the north of Exit 140 along Interstate 65. Photo taken 05/14/12.
The southbound weigh station was open at this time while the northbound weigh station at roughly the same location has been abandoned. Photo taken 05/14/12.
The Indiana State Police post serving the Northwest Indiana region is located along Indiana 2 off of Exit 140 from Interstate 65. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Taking the Exit 240 off-ramp to Indiana 2 from Interstate 65 south, motorists see an assortment of traveler services nearby. Due to the added traffic, Indiana 2 in the vicinity of Exit 140 will be widened to four lanes with added turn lanes at nearby Colorado Street and the ramps for Interstate 65. In addition, the ramps themselves will be widened to handle the additional traffic. This project will be finished in the summer of 2013.2 Photo taken 05/14/12.
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Beyond Exit 140, Interstate 65 turns toward the southeast as the highway crosses the far southern tier of Lake County. Slowly since the Merrillville area, Interstate 65 has been descending from the top of the Valparaiso Moraine, a hilly section of Lake County which forms the ancient lakeshore for Lake Michigan. In the far southern sections of Lake County, Interstate 65 crosses into the Kankakee Outwash Plain, which forms along the Kankakee River in a section that used to contain some of the largest freshwater marshes in the state prior to its draining. Today, it forms some of the best farmland in the state. Photos taken 05/14/12.
The channelized Kankakee River separates Lake and Newton Counties at Interstate 65 southbound. This stretch of road was completed in 1966. Photo taken 05/14/12.


 

Sources:

  1. Indiana Highway Ends - I-80 (HighwayExplorer).
  2. SR2 at I-65 Interchange Modification Project Public Information Meeting. pdf file, INDOT, September 21, 2011.


Photo Credits:

  • 09/03/05 by AARoads.
  • 11/05/09 by AARoads.
  • 05/23/10 by Thomas Decker.
  • 05/14/12 by Thomas Decker.

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Interstate 94
U.S. 12

Page Updated 02-25-2013.