Interstate 69 South - Morgan / Monroe Counties

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Interstate 69 Indiana State Road 37 South


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Southbound Interstate 69 and SR 37 temporarily gains a passing lane as it rises through the hills of northern Monroe County en route to Bloomington.
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This portion of the I-69 southbound mainline was constructed on new alignment while the northbound lanes utilize the original layout of SR 37.
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The mainlines of I-69 and SR 37 converge ahead of the Chambers Pike under crossing. Burma Road represents the west frontage road through this section, hugging the freeway under Chambers Pike.
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The mainlines of I-69 and SR 37 converge ahead of the Chambers Pike under crossing. Burma Road represents the west frontage road through this section, hugging the freeway under Chambers Pike.
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Interstate 69 was built over the existing SR 37 expressway through northern Monroe County, resulting in smaller medians and barriers sporadically separating the mainline and frontage roads.
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One mile out from Sample Road (Exit 125) along I-69/SR 37 south.
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Sample Road travels east from Exit 125 to Wayport Road and Old SR 37.
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Sample Road (Exit 125) provides a secondary access to the Morgan-Monroe State Forest in northeastern reaches of Monroe County.
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Motorists reach the departure ramp to Sample Road (Exit 125). Sample Road west turns north to Simpson Chapel Road while connecting with the eastern frontage road (Wayport Road) east of the interchange.
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Interstate 69 and SR 37 constitutes a six lane freeway as it travels south through Bloomington.
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Mileage sign posted along southbound I-69 and SR 37. Washington, seat of Daviess County, is located 72 miles ahead with Evansville being 56 miles further south.
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I-69 and SR 37 south descends toward the valley of Beanblossom Creek ahead of a wye interchange (Exit 123) with Walnut Street to the central business district of Bloomington.
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Walnut Street, along with College Avenue, represents a pre-freeway alignment of SR 37. The local arterial meets the state road on the south side of Bloomington, 10.5 miles from the ensuing interchange.
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Along with College Avenue, Walnut Street travels through the central business district of Bloomington. The two split into one way couplets beyond SR 45 and reconvene at Dodds Street south of Downtown.
The Bloomington area visitors center is located three miles south of I-69.
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I-69 and SR 37 south spans Beanblossom Creek ahead of the departure ramp to Walnut Street (Exit 123). Though locally maintained and not signed, portions of Walnut Street are referenced as SR 37 Business.
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Gateway sign posted within the wye interchange (Exit 123) of Walnut Street along I-69 south. Bloomington is home to Indiana University and the city was featured in the 1979-movie Breaking Away.
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These confirming markers for I-69 and SR 37 south stand beyond the Kinser Pike underpass. Kinser Pike connects with Bottom Road on the west side of the freeway.
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On the one mile approach to SR 45-46 (Exits 120BA). SR 46 joins I-69/SR 37 with Ellettsville to the northwest while SR 45 will join the freeway through Bloomington.
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SR 46 travels 154 miles through the Hoosier State, linking Bloomington with Terra Haute to the west and West Harrison near the Ohio border to the east.
McCormick's Creek State Park is located northwest of Bloomington along SR 46 near Spencer.
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A single lane ramp leaves for Exit 120B to SR 46 west to Ellettsville and Spencer, seat of Owen County. SR 45/46 travels east across northern reaches of Bloomington, connecting I-69 and SR 37 with both Indiana University and the Monroe Reservoir, the largest lake in Indiana.
The exchange between I-69/SR 37 and SR 45-46 was constructed by 2002.
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Traffic departs for a loop ramp (Exit 120A) to SR 45 north and SR 46 east to north Bloomington. SR 45 south merges with I-69/SR 37 for three miles before leaving for parts southwest.
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Interstate 69 Indiana State Road 37 Indiana State Road 45 South

Interstate 69 and SR 37, joined by SR 45, continues on a southerly course to the west of Downtown Bloomington.
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Vemal Pike spans Interstate 69 one mile out from a diamond interchange (Exit 118) with SR 48 (3rd Street).
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SR 48 links I-69 and SR 37/45 with SR 43 in Whitehall, eight miles to the west.
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I-69 curves due south at the egress point for SR 48 (Exit 118). The interchange is surrounded by big-box retail centers and motorist services. 3rd Street continues to the east directly connecting with the business district of Bloomington.
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Overpasses along this stretch of Interstate 69 in Bloomington are typically decorated with intricate barriers and placards.
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Motorists pass beneath an Indiana Railroad Corporation rail line on the half mile approach to the departure of SR 45 (Bloomfield Road) south.
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Entering the folded diamond interchange (Exit 117) with SR 45 south and Bloomfield Road along I-69/SR 37. SR 45 travels on a course southwest from Bloomington to Stanford. Bloomfield Road continues northeast from I-69 to 2nd Street and Downtown.
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Interstate 69 Indiana State Road 37 South

Interstate 69 south briefly swells to four lanes with the addition of an auxiliary lane between SR 45 (Exit 115) and upcoming Tapp Road (Exit 116).
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A dumbbell interchange (Exit 116) joins I-69 and SR 37 with Tapp Road in southwest Bloomington. The local road connects Leonard Springs Road with Rockport Road opposite Country Club Drive.
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Southbound Interstate 69 and SR 37 dip below Tapp Road (Exit 116) on the three quarter mile drive to Fullerton Pike (Exit 115).
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Fullerton Pike links Interstate 69 with Leonard Springs Road to the west and Rockport Road to the east.
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An auxiliary lane gained at Tapp Road (Exit 116) departs for the parclo interchange (Exit 115) with Fullerton Pike. Future plans call for an extension of Fullerton Pike beyond Rockport Road, connecting it with Gordon Pike and Rogers Street.
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Motorists pass under Fullerton Pike (Exit 115) one mile ahead of the split with SR 37 south (Exit 114).
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I-69 south expands to four lanes on the half-mile approach to SR 37 south (Exit 114). The ensuing ten mile exit less stretch takes I-69 southwesterly to SR 445 (Exit 104).
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Rockport Road spokes southwest over I-69 and SR 37 south ahead of the trumpet interchange (Exit 114). The overpass was the first completed as part of the I-69 conversion around Bloomington.
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Traffic leaves I-69 for SR 37 south at Exit 114. Original plans for the exchange between SR 37 and I-69 included an at-grade intersection and roundabout interchange. Ultimately, a trumpet interchange was selected between the two.
SR 37 continues as a four-lane expressway across southern Monroe County through the communities of Harrodsburg, Oolitic and Bedford, 20 miles away. The longest state road in Indiana concludes 93 miles ahead at Tell City.
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Interstate 69 South

Shield posted for I-69 south of the split with SR 37 south (Exit 114). Speed limits increase to 70 mph along this stretch.
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SR 445 west connects I-69 with SR 45 to Cincinnati ten miles ahead. The freeway bypasses Washington on the 113 mile course southwest to Evansville.
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Interstate 69 quickly becomes rural as the freeway traverses rolling terrain southwest of SR 37 (Exit 114).
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Interstate 69 quickly becomes rural as the freeway traverses rolling terrain southwest of SR 37 (Exit 114).
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No access points exist along I-69 in southwest Monroe County to prevent any kind of development.
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No access points exist along I-69 in southwest Monroe County to prevent any kind of development.
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I-69 briefly travels west-northwest as the freeway passes underneath Harmony Road north of the community of Kirksville. Rising over 90 feet above the freeway (per discussion on the AARoads forum), this bridge is most likely the tallest over a highway in Indiana.
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Interstate 69 travels in the far southwestern section of Monroe County.
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Burch Road spans Interstate 69 ahead of the southern turn to SR 445 (Exit 104).
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Two miles out from the dogbone interchange (Exit 104) with SR 445 along I-69 south.
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Atypical for Indiana, signage for Exit 104 (SR 445) and Exit 98 (SR 45) is devoid of any control city destinations. SR 445 passes through no populated communities as it connects I-69 to SR 45 and SR 54.
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I-69 curves southwest on the half-mile approach to Exit 104 (SR 445). SR 445 previously connected SR 45 and SR 54 north of Cincinnati before being extended eastward to I-69.
While not signed, SR 445, along with SR 54, provides a direct link to the Greene County seat of Bloomfield, 15 miles to the west.
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Interstate 69 south crosses into Greene County on the final leg to SR 445 (Exit 104).
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Photo Credits:

01/02/16, 08/28/19 by Thomas Decker

Connect with:
State Road 37
State Road 46
State Road 445

Page Updated 05-08-2020.