Interstate 65 south
Truckers carrying hazardous cargo must use the Indianapolis beltway to bypass downtown in lieu of Interstate 65. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Interstate 65 winds its way through Pike Township in Marion County in between Exits 129 and 124, giving for a rural scene in what is the 12th largest city in the country. Eagle Creek Park, among the largest municipal parks in the country borders the highway to the west. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Interstate 65 south meets the Interstate 465 beltway in 2 1/2 miles. Photo taken 05/14/12.
First in line for southbound travelers in Indianapolis is the Exit 124 diamond interchange at West 71st Street near Traders Point. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Another sign reminding those with hazardous cargo to use Interstate 465 around the city instead of Interstate 65 south. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Spanning Eagle Creek, Interstate 65 advances to within one half mile of West 71st Street. 71st Street travels east from the Eagle Creek Reservoir area to Exit 21 of Interstate 465 and the New Augusta community. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Eagle Creek Park, the largest park in Indianapolis, along Eagle Creek Reservoir can be reached from 71st Street to the immediate west of Exit 124. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Southbound I-65 at Exit 124 to West 71st Street. 71st Street transitions to Westlane Road at Augusta and 73rd Street through to its end at Meridian Street (former U.S. 31). The alignment between Michigan Road (old U.S. 421) to old U.S. 31 represents the former route of Indiana 434. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Interstate 65 crosses paths with Interstate 465 at Exit 123 near Eagle Creek Park. Access is only provided to the beltway south. Photo taken 05/14/12.
A wye interchange facilitates movements southward onto Interstate 465 to Speedway, Ben Davis, and Indianapolis International Airport (via Interstate 70 west). Interstate 65 sees two additional ramps with Interstate 465 directly near Lafayette Road (old U.S. 52). Photo taken 05/14/12.
Interstate 65 within the Interstate 465 beltway was named the Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Highway in 1999 after the famous R&B musician who was from Indianapolis. Like most highways that are named for people in Indiana the name is not used by locals, who merely call the highway 65. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Continuing south from Interstate 465, Interstate 65 kinks eastward through a diamond interchange at Lafayette Road. Lafayette Road represents old U.S. 52 southeast from Royalton to West 16th Street (old U.S. 136). Photo taken 05/14/12.
Since the Lebanon area, Lafayette Road (in Boone County known as Indianapolis Road) has followed Interstate 65 and is a four-lane facility from the Zionsville area south through Indianapolis through its terminus at West 16th Street. As with several roads in Indianapolis, bicycle lanes were added along Lafayette Road for its entire length in the city. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Facing eastward, Interstate 65 splits with the Exit 121 off-ramp to Lafayette Road. Lafayette Road serves a retail center bound by Interstate 65 and West 38th Street nearby. Photo taken 05/14/12.
An Interstate 65 reassurance shield greets motorists after the on-ramp from Lafayette Road onto Interstate 65 south, which was rebuilt in the late 1990s from Exit 123 south through Exit 119 and 38th Street. Up ahead, the Georgetown Road overpass was among the new bridges built over the widened highway. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Angling southeast, Interstate 65 next splits with a collector/distributor roadway (West 38th Street). Photo taken 05/14/12.
West 38th Street constitutes a commercial arterial east from Exit 17 of Interstate 465 to the split-diamond interchange of Exit 119. The arterial comprises the c/d roadway system of Interstate 65 through its folded-diamond interchange with Kessler Boulevard. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Exit 119 leads to several cultural destinations on the north side of Indianapolis. The Indiana State Fairgrounds is located at East 38th Street and Binford Boulevard (former Indiana 37). Butler University, home of the Bulldogs, is located a mile north of 38th Street off of Meridian Street (former U.S. 31) and Marian University, a private Catholic University, is located along Cold Spring Road just south of 38th Street nearby. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Just before the ramp for Exit 119, Interstate 65 crosses the westbound lanes of 38th Street, as Exit 119 will lead to the eastbound lanes. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Exit 119 departs as a slip ramp onto the West 38th Street c/d roadway. 38th Street travels along side the freeway through to Riverside Park at the Wynnedale community, continuing from there across the White River to Mapleton and the State Fairgrounds. Photo taken 05/14/12.
On the collector-distributor road that shares the eastbound lanes for 38th Street, a connector road heads south from East 38th Street to Guion Road, a local road that connects 30th Street to the south with 71st Street to the north in New Augusta. Westview Hospital is just south of this location. Photo taken 05/14/12.
A view of Interstate 65 as it straddles the median of 38th Street, which serves as the collector/distributor roadway for the elongated Exit 119 complex. Before the interstate was widened to six lanes in the late 1990s, along with a reconstruction of all bridges and roadways, Interstate 65 was four-lanes with a grassy median. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Eastbound along the collector/distributor roadway off of the Interstate 65 freeway at the Kessler Boulevard off-ramp. Kessler Boulevard travels south to Westside Indianapolis and West 16th Street (former U.S. 136) and north to the Wolfington and Broadmoor neighborhoods. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Interests for Butler University and Clowes Memorial Hall should continue on East 38th Street toward the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood. Both institutions are two miles away via 38th Street, Meridian Street and 46th Street. Photo taken 05/14/12.
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38th Street concludes the Exit 119 c/d roadway system via a wye interchange east to Riverside Park. The arterial represents historical alignments for U.S. 36 and Indiana 67 between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street (old U.S. 421) and Pendleton Pike (old Indiana 367). Photos taken 05/14/12.
Interstate 65 bends southeast again, crossing the White River on the one-mile approach to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street. MLK Street continues old U.S. 421 south from Michigan Road into downtown Indianapolis. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Approaching Exit 117 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street) a new Travel Time Sign alerts motorists of the distance and estimated time to reach Interstates 70 (5 miles) and 465 (11 miles). Photo taken 05/14/12.
Bisecting the street grid west of old U.S. 421, I-65 continues another half mile to a parclo interchange (Exit 117) with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. Photo taken 05/14/12.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children's museum in the world, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art can both be reached from Exit 117. The Children's Museum can be accessed via Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street south to 29th Street and east to Illinois Street. The Indianapolis Museum of Art can be accessed by going north on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street to 38th Street. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Exit 117 leaves Interstate 65 south for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street. Old U.S. 421 parallels the freeway southward through to Exit 114 outside downtown and leads north to Shooters Hill and Highwoods. Photo taken 05/14/12.
A partial cloverleaf interchange joins Interstate 65 north with the 29th and 30th Street one-way couplet at Exit 116. Southbound drivers next meet West 21st Street (Exit 115). 21st Street east to Meridian Street (old U.S. 31 & Indiana 37) leads drivers north to Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. New signage in place by 2012 omits mention of 21st Street and includes the sprawling Methodist Hospital complex at Senate Boulevard and 16th Street. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Indianapolis' skyline comes into view on the southbound approach to the Interstate 65 crossing of Fall Creek. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Exit 115 departs Interstate 65 south, passing over Fall Creek Parkway North, before ending at West 21st Street. 21st Street constitutes an east-west arterial between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street (old U.S. 421) and Meridian Street (old U.S. 31 & Indiana 37). Photo taken 05/14/12.
Crossing over 21st Street, the Methodist Hospital complex, a part of the IU Health network dominates the foreground view of the Downtown Indianapolis skyline. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Nearing downtown, Interstate 65 splits with a freeway spur at Exit 114 to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street (old U.S. 421) south to West Street. The spur and associated interchange were constructed in anticipation of the planned North Leg Extension Freeway leading west to the unbuilt Harding Freeway. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Interstate 65 travels east-west along the northern fringes of central Indianapolis, merging with Interstate 70 west at Exit 112. Interstate 70 enters Indianapolis from Columbus, Ohio and Richmond. Travelers heading for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the IU Medical Center should use Exit 114 to West Street. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Exit 114 consists of a tri-level stack interchange with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Street freeway spur. The spur overtakes old U.S. 421 as a divided boulevard, becoming West Street outside downtown to Victory Field and the Indianapolis Convention Center. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Interstate 65 makes a sweeping turn to the east as it passes by part of the IU School of Medicine just south of the highway. Interests bound for the President Benjamin Harrison Home should use Exit 113 and head east along 11th Street to Delaware Street and north for a couple of blocks. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Interstate 65 follows an elevated viaduct through the Exit 114/113 split-diamond interchange with Illinois Street north, Meridian Street (former U.S. 31-36 & Indiana 37), and Pennsylvania Street south. Exit 114 signage used to display shields for U.S. 31 & Indiana 37. Photo taken 05/14/12.
An unusual overhead gore point sign directs motorists onto East 11th Street (frontage road) for Illinois, Meridian, and Pennsylvania Streets. West 12th Street facilitates movements between the north-south streets and Interstate 65 north on the opposite side of the viaduct. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Exit 112A leaves the left-hand side of Interstate 65 south for Interstate 70 east to Richmond, Dayton, and Columbus, Ohio. Exit 112B was reserved for the unconstructed Northeast Freeway leading northeast to Binford Boulevard and Interstate 465. Photo taken 05/14/12.
A high-speed directional interchange lies northeast of College Avenue and East 10th Street between Interstates 65 and 70 (Exit 112A). Ramp stubs are present for the unconstructed southern terminus of Interstate 69. Exit 111 meanwhile prepares to partition from the Interstate 65 southbound mainline as a local roadway to Michigan Street, Ohio Street, and Fletcher Avenue east of downtown. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Exit 111 handles all movements between the feeder streets into downtown from Interstates 65 south & 70 west. The next local off-ramp joins the freeway with East Street at the I-65 & 70 split. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Four lanes of Interstate 65 south split into separate two-lane ramps for Interstate 70 east to Warren Park and Interstates 65 south & 70 west to Beech Grove and Indianapolis International Airport respectively. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Interstate 65 south & 70 west
Exit 83A comprises a local roadway with three separate ramps into downtown. Departing first is the Davison Street (southbound side frontage road) off-ramp to Michigan Street west and New York Street east. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Shields posted for Interstates 65 south and 70 west at the merge of the two ramps by the Near Eastside neighborhood. These are the only reassurance markers posted along the 2.13-mile overlap of Interstates 65 south & 70 west. Photo taken 11/04/11.
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Looking west at the Indianapolis skyline from Interstate 65 south & 70 west. Photo taken 10/16/04. Second photo taken 11/04/11.
Drivers bound for Ohio Street west into downtown leave the Exit 83A local roadway. Ohio Street provides access to the Indiana state capitol complex and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Photo taken 11/04/11.
On-ramps join the local carriageway from Market Street east and Ohio Street west ahead of the Fletcher Avenue off-ramp. Fletcher Avenue links Shelby Street east of Interstates 65 & 70 with the six-way intersection of East Street, South Street, and Virginia Avenue. South Street west leads to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse (home of the Indiana Pacers NBA franchise) and Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts NFL franchise).
Interstate 65 south & 70 west meanwhile prepare to split at a tri-level stack interchange (Exit 110B). Photo taken 11/04/11.
Interstate 65 continues southeast toward Beech Grove and Louisville, Kentucky. Interstate 70 resumes its westward course to Indianapolis International Airport and Terre Haute. Photo taken 11/04/11.
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Exit 110A leaves before the split, carrying motorists west to East Street at Bicking Street west. Photos taken 11/04/11.
Southbound Interstate 65 at the Exit 110B departure of Interstate 70 west. Interstate 70 continues west from Indianapolis to St. Louis, Kansas City, and Denver on its 2,153.13-mile route across the country. The freeway was completed in Indiana by 1976.2 Interstate 65 travels 887.30 miles overall and 261.27 miles within the Hoosier State. Completion of the north-south freeway within the state occurred in 1976 as well.3 Photo taken 11/04/11.
Interstate 65 South
Interstate 65 continues under the tri-level stack with Interstate 70. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Exiting downtown, Interstate 65 passes over Shelby Street and Pleasant Run on the half-mile approach to Exit 169 (East Raymond Street). Raymond Street constitutes a divided arterial east to Southeastern Avenue (former U.S. 421) and west to Sam Jones Expressway. Photo taken 05/14/12.
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A six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange joins Interstate 65 with Raymond Street (Exit 109) three miles north of Interstates 74 & 465 (Exit 106). Raymond Street serves the Near Southeast and Garfield Park neighborhoods nearby. A travel time giving the distance and time to Exit 106 and to the Greenwood interchange (Exit 99) replaced the older Exit 106 guide sign. Photo taken 10/16/04. Second photo taken 05/14/12.
An Interstate 65 shield past the on-ramp from Raymond Street to Interstate 65 south. The stretch of Interstate 65 from the South Split (Exit 110) to Keystone Street (Exit 107) cut a wide swath through the south side neighborhoods of Fountain Square, Garfield Park and Bean Creek and was among the last stretches of interstate to be built through Indianapolis. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Keystone Avenue crosses paths with Interstate 65 at the Exit 107 diamond interchange in south Concord. Photo taken 05/14/12.
One half mile north of Keystone Avenue at the Troy Avenue underpass of Interstate 65 south. Keystone Avenue travels south from Southeastern Avenue (old U.S. 52 & 421) to Edgewood. Photo taken 05/14/12.
The University of Indianapolis can be reached from Exit 107 by going south on Keystone Avenue and west on Hanna Avenue. Photo taken 12/04/11.
Exit 107 departs Interstate 65 south for Keystone Avenue as travelers near the symmetrical directional-cloverleaf interchange with Interstates 74 & 465 (Exit 106). Interstate 74 follows the Indianapolis beltway for 20.60 miles between Speedway and Five Points. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Exit 106 carries motorists to Interstates 74 & 465 east and west in unison from Interstate 65 south. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Interstate 74 leaves Interstate 465 north in four miles for its own path eastward to Cincinnati, Ohio. The freeway also serves Shelbyville and Greensburg, doubling as U.S. 421 through to Exit 132. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Hanna Avenue crosses over Interstate 65 ahead of the Exit 106 ramp departure to the Indianapolis beltway. Interstate 465 enters Beech Grove just east of Exit 106 and travels west four miles to Indiana 37 (Harding Street) near the planned routing of Interstate 69 south. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Exit 106 expands to two lanes as it parts ways with Interstate 65 south. Interstate 65 continues to the Southport area of south Indianapolis on its 108 mile drive to Louisville. Interstate 74 travels 171.54 miles through Indiana and was fully completed by 1967.1 Interstate 465 replaced Indiana 100 as the belt route for the capital city and was completed by 1970.2
The interchange complex will be modified in 2013 with a new flyover ramp from westbound Interstate 465 & 74 to southbound Interstate 65 that will replace the current loop ramp. A widened ramp will lead from northbound Interstate 65 to Interstate 465 & 74 east as well. Both are a part of the Operation Indy Commute.3
Drivers partition into separate ramps for the beltway. Interstate 74 meets the beltway with a freeway spur leading into the city at the eastern merge point and formerly with one leading into Speedway at the west merge point. The western stub was removed in 2011 with an upgrade of Exit 16B. Photo taken 10/16/04.
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Shield and mileage sign combo south of Exit 106 with Interstates 465 & 74. Among the planned works with the Indy Commute project will be a continuous lane from the combined on ramps from west and east Interstate 465 & 74 onto Interstate 65 south to the Southport Road interchange (Exit 103). South of the Indianapolis beltway, the next community is Southport, only four miles away via Interstate 65 and Southport Road. Columbus, the largest city along the interstate between Indianapolis and Louisville, is 38 miles away and the main control city of Louisville, Kentucky is 108 miles away. Photos taken 05/14/12.
Exit 103, for Southport Road, is one mile away. Through southern Marion County, Interstate 65 remains a busy highway, necessitating the six lanes throughout. Photo taken 05/14/12.
A half mile now from Exit 103 (Southport Road). Southport Road is a major west-east road across the southern tier of Marion County, stretching from West Newton on the far southwest part of the county to Acton in the far southeast. Photo taken 05/14/12.
The communities of Southport and Homecroft can be reached via Exit 103 (Southport Road). Southport, located a couple of miles west of the interchange along Southport Road, is one of the four excluded cities that were kept after Indianapolis merged with Marion County in the early 1970s. Homecroft, just north of Southport, is one of the "included towns" of Marion County, which have some levels of autonomy, whereas Southport has full autonomy. Photo taken 05/14/12.
Now at the exit ramp at Exit 103 for Southport Road. The area around Southport Road is filled with big-box shopping centers, restaurants, and hotels. Exit 103 serves the suburban areas of Southport, eastern Perry Township and western Franklin Township. County Line Road, at the boundary of Marion and Johnson Counties, is two miles away. Photo taken 12/16/11.
On the off ramp from Interstate 65 south to Southport Road, both Southport and Homecroft are about a couple of miles to the west. Numerous restaurants, stores and hotels serve travelers around Exit 103, leading east to the busy intersection with Emerson Avenue and Southport Road and west toward the McFarland Farms area. Photo taken 05/14/12.
South of Exit 103, Exit 101 (County Line Road) is one mile away. Exit 101 is a rather new interchange, opening in 1999 to provide another interchange for the growing Southside suburbs and lessen the traffic congestion at Exits 103 (Southport Road) and 99 (Main Street, Greenwood). Photo taken 06/06/12.
A half-mile away from Exit 101 (County Line Road). County Line Road is a four-lane arterial that stretches from Interstate 65 west to Indiana 135 (Meridian Street). The road continues as a two-lane road west to Indiana 37 where it will have a new interchange with the new Interstate 69 when completed. Photo taken 06/06/12.
The Greenwood Municipal Airport, a general aviation airport serving the Southside, is a half mile to the west along County Line Road from Interstate 65. Photo taken 06/06/12.
Exit 101 is a partial cloverleaf interchange between Interstate 65 and County Line Road. County Line Road provides a direct connection with the Greenwood Park Mall; about three miles to the west at U.S. 31 and traffic can be busy along it at peak hours. The original Greenwood interchange at Main Street is now 1 1/2 miles to the south. Photo taken 06/06/12.
Passing under County Line Road, Interstate 65 enters Johnson County (population 139,654) and Greenwood (population 49,791). Greenwood is the largest community in Johnson County and has taken in much of the overflow population from southern Marion County. Photo taken 06/06/12.


 

Sources:

  1. Indiana Highway Ends - I-74 (HighwayExplorer).
  2. Indiana Highway Ends - I-465 (HighwayExplorer).
  3. INDOT: Operation Indy Commute - I-65 & 465 South.


Photo Credits:

  • 10/16/04 by AARoads.
  • 11/04/11 by AARoads.
  • 12/04/11 by Thomas Decker.
  • 12/16/11 by Thomas Decker.
  • 05/14/12 by Thomas Decker.
  • 06/06/12 by Thomas Decker.

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Page Updated 02-26-2013.